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College of Arts and Sciences

Faculty and Staff

Laura Marcus Green

Title: Folklife & Traditional Arts Program Director
Department: McKissick Museum
College of Arts and Sciences
Phone: 803-777-7707
Resources: Curriculum Vitae [pdf]


Since 2016, Laura Marcus Green has been Folklife & Traditional Arts Program Director at the University of South Carolina’s McKissick Museum, where she develops programming in conjunction with folklife exhibitions in the Diverse Voices Gallery, and at the South Carolina Arts Commission (SCAC), where she manages several grant and award programs, including the Traditional Arts Apprenticeship Initiative, Folklife & Traditional Arts Organizational Project Grants, and the Jean Laney Harris Folk Heritage Award. At both organizations, she conducts statewide folklife fieldwork and research and co-develops special projects with statewide community partners. At the SCAC, she coordinates the folklife component of The Art of Community-Rural SC, a creative placemaking initiative in six rural SC counties. Green is co-founder and co-director of Building Cultural Bridges, a national interdisciplinary initiative merging the arts and social services in support of refugee and immigrant heritage through publications, presentations, and community-based workshops. Prior to joining McKissick Museum staff, she was Community Engagement Coordinator for the Gallery of Conscience at the Museum of International Folk Art in Santa Fe, New Mexico. In that capacity, she worked collaboratively with Gallery of Conscience team members and diverse community partners and tradition bearers to co-curate interactive, participatory exhibitions, special projects, and public programs. She also facilitated community dialogues, as part of the International Coalition of Sites of Conscience’s National Dialogues on Immigration initiative. Selected previous positions include Program Associate at the Fund for Folk Culture, and founding Coordinator of the Arts for New Immigrants Program at the Immigrant and Refugee Community Organization in Portland, Oregon.

As an independent folklorist prior to her arrival in South Carolina, Green worked as a folklife fieldworker and researcher, writer, curator and consultant for the Louisiana Division of the Arts Folklife Program, the South Carolina Arts Commission, the Iowa Arts Council, New Mexico Arts, and the Idaho Commission on the Arts, among others. Green has taught courses in folklore and ethnography as an adjunct instructor at The Colorado College and at Lewis & Clark College. Other training and professional experiences include certification in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) from the World Learning School of International Training Graduate Institute, and facilitating creative writing workshops in a Housing Authority of Portland residence for Write Around Portland, as well as diverse publications, exhibits, and presentations. She holds a Ph.D. in Folklore/Anthropology from Indiana University and an M.A. in Folklore/Anthropology/Cultural Geography from the University of Texas at Austin. Her doctoral research explored historic and contemporary Navajo/Diné trading and art as a cultural meeting place.