Folklife Center names new executive director

Kathleen Haughey

The Vermont Folklife Center in Middlebury has appointed Kathleen Haughey as its new executive director.

Haughey joined the center in 2015 as education director and quickly engaged with the New American and refugee communities of greater Burlington, particularly Bhutanese-Nepali groups. She has a bachelor’s degree in Spanish literature and a master’s in ethnomusicology from Brown University, where she is currently a Ph.D. candidate.

“The Folklife Center’s mission is perhaps more timely and relevant today than ever before,” said Haughey. “It is an honor to lead the Folklife Center’s efforts to document, sustain, and present the diverse cultures of Vermonters.”

The Vermont Folklife Center’s mission is to promote and expand understanding of all Vermonters, to document the state’s collective cultural memory and to strengthen communities by building connections among the diverse peoples of Vermont.

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