FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CENTER FOR SOUTHERN FOLKLORE LAUNCHES FUNDRAISING DRIVE TO SELL FOLKPASS
Memphis, TN- August 3, 2009 - The Center for Southern Folklore (CSF) is offering a new way to support the Center while providing a package of significant upgrades for its many friends and supporters. By purchasing a special FolkPass for $50, CSF patrons can receive benefits throughout the year, including seating in special VIP sections at the Center’s annual Memphis Music and Heritage Festival which takes place September 5-6 Labor Day Weekend.
This FolkPass also provides validated parking, discounts in our Folklore Store and online store, tickets to two concerts in our Folklore Store during the year, and year-round access to Center online exhibits in a special supporter section of our website.
In announcing the launch of the FolkPass CSF Executive Producer Judy Peiser said, The FolkPass was created to allow friends and supporters of the Center to benefit from the programs and concerts we present throughout the year. It’s also a way to provide them special access to exhibits on location at the Center and online on the Center’s website. Throughout the years, the Center has benefitted from the generous support of many companies and foundations who help us produce our Festival and to digitize our Multimedia Archives. Now individuals can be part of this thriving CSF Support group and receive great benefits at the same time.
Founded in the early 1970s to document and present the music, arts, and rhythms of the people in the Memphis/Delta, the Center has expanded its mission to produce festivals, concerts and conduct cultural tours. During this time, the CSF has also amassed an invaluable collection of narratives and music that define the region. Michael Taft, Head of the Archive of Folk Culture at the Library of Congress, calls the CSF’s Multimedia Archives an important cultural treasure, which demands to be both preserved and made accessible to those outside the CSF. Recently the Center launched its online exhibit Taylor Made: The Life and Work of Rev. L. O. Taylor to showcase a selection from over 7,000 photographs, 100 lacquer disc recordings, 15 hours of film footage and numerous artifacts produced and collected by Memphis minister. L.O. Taylor from the mid 1920s to the early 1960s.