Art Works Blog

All Arts are Local

December 16, 2009
Washington, DC

As noted in an earlier post, Bess Lomax Hawes (1921-2009) was a fierce advocate for the folk & traditional arts, bringing a national focus to how *art works* at the local level. To cap off our celebration of the life and work of Ms. Hawes, we have posted two documentary films she made in 1967 and 1970 as an anthropology & folklore professor at San Fernando Valley State College.

The first, "Say Old Man, Can You Play the Fiddle," features Earl Collins, a master fiddler in the Missouri-Oklahoma hoedown tradition. The second,"Pizza Pizza Daddy-O," her most widely known film, looks at continuity and change in girls' playground games at a Los Angeles school.

These small studies are large in their representation of arts and culture at work at the most basic level - in and of the local community. We salute Bess Lomax Hawes for her lifelong commitment to this principal and hope you will take the time to watch these delightful films.

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