Country is a genre of popular music that originated with blues, church music such as Southern gospel and spirituals, old-time, and American folk music forms. Woody Guthrie was an American singer-songwriter, and one of the most significant figures in American folk music. Woody Guthrie influenced all genres of music, and that impact is especially strong within Country music. But Woody himself was inspired by Country musicians such as the Carter Family, so we see this circle of inspiration is a universal quality that music has, as are the themes that art explores. Join us as we share some songs and themes that dissolve international boundaries and build bridges between cultures.
The Indian Music Experience Museum (IME) is India’s first interactive music museum. Located in JP Nagar, Bengaluru, the IME is a non-profit initiative supported by the Brigade Group. The vision of the IME is to introduce the youth to the diversity of Indian music and to preserve India’s rich musical heritage. The IMEcomprises hi-tech multimedia Exhibit Galleries, a Sound Garden, a Learning Centre for music education, and several performance spaces.
The IME’s work spans across Exhibition, Conservation, Audience Development, Education and Community Outreach. Besides museum visits, the IME hosts a wide variety of public programs. The IME’s online activities include regular events, online exhibits on the Google Arts and Culture platform, and the curation of www.chowdiah.com, a digital archive on violin maestro Mysore T. Chowdiah. The IME is an institutional affiliate of the GRAMMY Museum in Los Angeles.
More details about the IME can be found at www.indianmusicexperience.org.
Deana McCloud is the Founding Executive Director of the Woody Guthrie Center in Tulsa. She currently serves on the boards of Folk Alliance International, Oklahoma Center for Community and Justice, Red Dirt Relief Fund, Outsiders House Museum, and AFT Instrument Donations. McCloud was a charter member of the board for the Tulsa Office of Film, Music, Arts & Culture and currently serves on the executive board for Tulsa Regional Tourism.
Prior to taking this position, McCloud was a National Board Certified educator. For 17 years, she was a member of the Woody Guthrie Coalition, booking and producing concerts for the Woody Guthrie Folk Festival and presenting programs about Guthrie. She currently serves on the festival’s advisory board as well as the advisory board for the Woody Guthrie Journal, Center for Poets and Writers, and the editorial board for AMP: American Music Perspective.