Sarah Bryan, a UNC-trained folklorist (MA, 2003), has worked in the field of folklife documentation for more than a decade. Specializing in the cultural heritage of the American South, she has conducted documentary work for and with a variety of organizations including the North Carolina Folklife Institute, North Carolina Arts Council, South Carolina Arts Commission, and Levine Museum of the New South.
For the South Carolina Arts Commission, the University of South Carolina’s McKissick Museum, and the South Carolina Arts Alliance, conducting documentary fieldwork to identify traditional artists in Sumter, Dillon, Florence, and Kershaw Counties, South Carolina. The project is the current phase of the Survey of South Carolina Tradition Bearers.
For the North Carolina Folklife Institute, conducting documentary fieldwork and historical research on the traditions of Cumberland, Hoke, Scotland, and Robeson Counties, North Carolina.
For the Brunswick Arts Council, researching the musical heritage of menhaden fishermen in the area of Southport, North Carolina.