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Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Archivist with Community Celebration of Place

Archivist Needed for Larry Long Archives Project:
 
Community Celebration of Place (501 C3) is the recipient of a Cultural Legacy grant from the Minnesota Historical Society to create an archive of an extensive collection of materials that documents the lifetime work Larry Long.  
 
The grant provides funds to pay an archivist $6,000 for 375 hours of work at $16/hour, spread over 30 weeks at 12.5 hours/week, from July 11 to February 6, 2017 (the total number of hours and rate of pay per hour are firm, but the actual weeks worked and time spent per week are negotiable).
 
The purpose of the Larry Long Archives Project is to establish an archive of singer-songwriter Larry Long’s life’s work, which uses oral history, music and art to strengthen communities and foster reconciliation. This includes work with community elders and schoolchildren using a curriculum he developed called Elders’ Wisdom, Children’s Song (EWCS), which has brought elders from across Minnesota and the nation into classrooms to share their life stories with young people.
 
These stories capture a Minnesota that is more racially and culturally diverse than most people think. Larry’s 40 years of work documents movements and events of Minnesota history from the Farm Movement’s Tractorcade with Farmer-Labor Governor Elmer Benson and Deputy Secretary of Agriculture Ann Kanten, to the powerline struggle in central Minnesota, to the development of the American Indian Movement on the streets of Minneapolis. It includes labor disputes from P9 in Austin to the seven-woman strike against American Linen in Hibbing; the Soviet-American Peace cruise from St Paul on the Delta Queen; the campaigns of Senator Paul Wellstone, who used Larry’s music as his theme songs; and the environmental clean-up efforts of the Mississippi River Revival.
 
The material in this archive is at the same time a collection of oral histories, songs and visual artwork inspired by the stories; an educational resource; and a folklore archive. Our goal is to donate the material to an archival facility in Minnesota that can maintain it and make it publicly available to researchers, historians, community members, teachers, students and family members.

Kathryn Hujda, Assistant Curator for the Performing Arts Archives and Upper Midwest Library Archives, has agreed to serve as a Curatorial Consultant on this archival project.

If interested in archivist position, please contact Larry Long directly.  Email preferred for initial inquiry.  
Contact information:
Larry Long, Artist
Executive Director
Community Celebration of Place
Phone: 612-237-7746