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Executive Director

Phone: (828) ***-****  HQ Phone
Local Address:  North Carolina , United States
Folkmoot USA
WAYNESVILLE , North Carolina 28786
United States


Employment History

Board Memberships and Affiliations

  • Board Member


  • degree , accounting
    East Carolina University
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Jamye Cooper- Executive ..., 16 April 2014 [cached]
Jamye Cooper- Executive Director Jamye has more than 25 years of senior leadership in non-profit organizations spanning the arts, youth services, higher education and international relations. Her areas of expertise are financial management, board development, program management and fundraising. She holds a degree in accounting from East Carolina University in Greenville, NC, and resides in Asheville, NC.Follow
"It's great to be able to ..., 18 July 2007 [cached]
"It's great to be able to have that claim," said Jamye Cooper, Folkmoot's executive director."It gives us an awful lot of credibility."
It shows that state leaders believe in the festival as an arts organization with tourism and educational benefits, Cooper said.The designation also sets the festival apart from others when it comes time to apply for local and state funding, Cooper added.
"We differ because our groups come from the countries they represent," Cooper said.
Folkmoot belongs to the Paris-based International Council of Folklore Festival Organizations and Traditional Arts, or CIOFF.CIOFF represents more than 90 countries and is in formal relations with the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization known as UNESCO.Membership in CIOFF not only helps to broaden the scope of Folkmoot's vision by networking with other folk festivals around the world and helping to promote peace and the exchange of cultures, it also gives Folkmoot organizers a huge support system for sharing ideas among counterparts and finding performance groups in other countries.CIOFF sets guidelines to maintain the quality and authenticity of international folk festivals and performing groups.
Jamye Cooper serves as a co-chair of the U.S. membership committee for CIOFF, and long-time Folkmoot board member and volunteer Rolf Kaufman of Waynesville serves as the North American representative for CIOFF.
Cooper is helping officials in Oxford, Miss., start a CIOFF festival called the Yocona International Folk Festival.
During one CIOFF conference, Cooper had an informative conversation with a representative from England about setting up educational workshops, so Cooper brought the idea to Folkmoot, incorporating more public workshops during the festival.In recent years, these workshops have included French lace making and a drumming workshop with a Togo drummer.This year's workshops will include dance workshops with the visiting groups from Peru, Hawaii, Mexico, Russia and Puerto Rico.In addition, participants will get a hands-on introduction to the musical instruments and native costumes of these performers.
"Not everybody wants to sit and watch," Cooper said, acknowledging the need for more audience participation during Folkmoot.
In addition to performers from the ..., 25 Mar 2007 [cached]
In addition to performers from the United States, this year's groups will come from Jamaica, Puerto Rico, Mexico, Italy, Greece, Peru, Russia, Romania, Macedonia and Korea, said Jamye Cooper, executive director of Folkmoot USA.
"We may lose one or two if they have some visa problems," Cooper said.
Also, Cooper said, Folkmoot will be featured in the new third-grade social studies book for North Carolina students with a photograph in the section on celebrations and holidays.
Cooper said the mention would be great exposure for the festival and fits with its mission of education.
"We have so many resources and things that we can share with educators to bring global education into the classroom, and we want to do that," she said.
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