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Meet Our Community Coordinators

Central to the values of Northwest Folklife is for communities to have voice and agency in the representation of their cultural expressions. More than 150+ Community Coordinators, including prominent artists, educators, culture bearers, and leaders throughout the region work closely with Northwest Folklife throughout the year to collaborate and co-create programs including the Northwest Folklife Festival as well as the annual Cultural Focus and Our Big Neighborhood youth and family program. These relationships are an integral part of our mission and vision. “As the lifeblood of all Northwest Folklife programs, our relationships with Community Coordinators, are the heart and soul of the organization,” says Northwest Folklife Executive Artistic Director, Kelli Faryar.

Adrian Olivas | By Christopher Nelson

“Being a Community Coordinator for Northwest Folklife means a lot to me because it gives me an opportunity to make a connection between regional Mexican folk groups and Folklife. It gives every artist involved the opportunity to meet each other and share a stage but most importantly, we get to build new relationships. I have been performing with Folklife with Bailadores de Bronce for about twenty-two years and, as a performer, it is something we always look forward to. Now, I have been able to share experiences and introduce new organizations to the Folklife family.”- from Community Coordinator, Adrian OlivasMexican Folklórico Community, Executive Director of Bailadores de Bronce, Alum Cultural Focus Member of Echoes of Aztlan and Beyond.

Northwest Folklife is curated in collaboration with Community Coordinators. Thank you to these amazing leaders!


Ixtli Salinas White Hawk: Circle of Indigenous People

Ixtli Salinas White Hawk: Circle of Indigenous People

Izumi Fairbanks

Izumi Fairbanks

Izumi Fairbanks: Turkish

Izumi Fairbanks grew up in Turkey and Japan, and began studying traditional folk music after moving to the US. She has traveled to Georgia, Turkey, Bulgaria, Greece and New York to study percussion and string instruments (tupan/davul, doli, kemence, gudulka, panduri, baglama) as well as singing and folk dancing.

Jay Hollingsworth: Circle of Indigenous People

Jay Hollingsworth: Circle of Indigenous People

Jay Hollingsworth: Circle of Indigenous People

Jaydeen Keliihoomalu Robinson: Native Hawaiian

Jaydeen Keliihoomalu Robinson: Native Hawaiian

Hālau Mission: To preserve and perpetuate the art of Hula through the teachings and styling of Maʻiki Aiu Lake.

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Jerin Falkner

Jerin Falkner

Jerin Falkner: Singer/Songwriters

For 19 years, I’ve been part of the Seattle/Tacoma music scene. I started performing original songs at open mics when I was in college and could often be found busking at Pike’s Place Market on the weekends. Thanks to the incredible community I discovered through music, I went on to write, record, and release four albums. I toured the United States, starred in a commercial, and had a song placed in a short film. My life has been a wonderful adventure so far, and I have loved being the Singer/Songwriter Community Coordinator for the last ten years.

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Jerome Apis: Massive Monkees

Jerome Apis: Massive Monkees

Jill Green: Fiber Arts

Jill Green: Fiber Arts

Jim Boneau: Rhythm Tent

Jim Boneau: Rhythm Tent

Jim uses rhythm and rumbles to help individuals and groups connect to their full potential. Jim's led drum circles for over 20 years at festivals, workshops, and community building events. Jim believes that everyone has rhythm inside, waiting to be shared. Through his use of simple patterns, easy to follow instructions, and the power of everyone drumming together, Jim has facilitated thousands of new drummers and long time rhythm lovers. Jim is a certified drum circle facilitator by Village Music Circles. His other profession is coaching organizational leaders and helping teams and leaders overcome disruptive change.

Learn more on his website.

Joanna Stodden: Subservise Square Dance

Joanna Stodden: Subservise Square Dance