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SFF calling on alumni for input

Sisters Folk Festival is seeking input and participation from Americana Project (AP) alumni who are interested in being included in a video highlighting creativity and the creative process. The finished program will be shown during the upcoming My Own Two Hands “Holding Hope” virtual art auction fundraiser in support of SFF’s mission, taking place May 10-15.

After 21 years of offering the Americana Project and arts-related programming in partnership with the Sisters Schools, SFF is exploring the connection between creative programming and how young adults go on to use creativity throughout their lives. The program, started in the fall of 2000 as a collaboration between Sisters Folk Festival, Creative Educational Resources and the Sisters School District, has held classes at Sisters High School every year since, teaching guitar playing, songwriting, performing, singing, and music engineering to young people.

Creative Director Brad Tisdel notes that some alumni students have gone on to pursue work in creative fields, but no matter what their chosen career path, many are still using the creative process to inform decisions they make in their lives.

AP alumni have participated in deep community engagement through the My Own Two Hands Art Auction and Community Arts Celebration, the Americana Song Academy and the Academy for Youth, the Americana Luthier Program (building handmade guitars and ukuleles), artist residencies and guest artists, art classes supported by the festival organization, and participation as staff and as artists at the annual music festival.

Some of the questions that will be explored in the video program are: How has creativity or the creative process informed decisions you have made, and what has been the impact on your life? What part does creativity play in your life now? How has creativity helped shape your life and who you are in it? What does the creative process teach us?

SFF is asking alumni of the program to reflect on these questions and reach out to have their voice included. If you know someone who has participated in the related programs of Sisters Folk Festival or have yourself, share the link or complete the brief form at:

For more information, contact Creative Director Brad Tisdel at [email protected]


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