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Living heritage of Kalocsa

The colourful flower motifs of the ornamental painting and embroidery of Kalocsa are known throughout the word and indeed have often been considered an emblematic symbol of Hungarian folk art. This branch of artistic expression has become a unique element of the traditional peasant culture of Kalocsa as well as the surrounding villages of Drágszél, Homokmégy, Öregcsertő, Szakmár, and Újtelek which were established in the 18-19th centuries.

The ethnic group referred to as Pota inhabiting the area known as Kalocsai Sárköz in south-central Hungary on the west bank of the Danube is distinct from surrounding groups in the characteristic dialect members used, their rich folk art and Catholic faith.

The women of Kalocsa who still draw, paint and embroider in the traditional style are the bearers and the perpetuators of the local heritage. Traditional revival groups, folk dance groups, the local museum and folk art centre all contribute to the safeguarding of the characteristic culture and folk art that distinguishes Kalocsa identity. The inhabitants of Kalocsa and the surrounding settlements are devoted to their folk heritage.

They create numerous opportunities for the presentation of their traditional dances and attire: Midsummer Eve Festivities, Danube Folklore Festival, Kalocsa Paprika Festival, village feasts, and harvest celebrations. These events attract people of all ages and provide an excellent opportunity for the transmission of cultural heritage from generation to generation. The role of awareness raising and art education is also of paramount importance in the safeguarding and sustaining of the local heritage.

Claude Debussy playing the piano at Luzancy, Ernest Chausson turning the pages and Henry Lerolle looking on
Albumen print enhanced with violet ink, mounted on cardboard, August 1893 (photographer unknown)
Musée d’Orsay, Paris; photo: © Musée d’Orsay, Dist. RMN-Grand Palais / Art Resource, N.Y. / Patrice Schmidt

Members of the Utah Army National Guard 2-211 Aviation Battalion assist members of the 19th Special Forces Group with freefall and static line parachute jumps near Camp Williams, Utah, Oct. 30, 2013. The 2-211 assisted the 19th SFG with maintaining airborne qualification as well as jump master qualifications. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt.Tim Chacon)

Man I just want to be at Bragg as a real blue corded Infantry officer and getting to jump…

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Beaming smiles and big bear hugs greeted newly appointed President Rosanne Somerson 76 ID yesterday when members of the RISD community gathered in the library for a festive celebration of the day’s big news.

In the morning, RISD Board Chair Michael Spalter sent a campus-wide email announcing that – after a nine-month international search – the Board ratified the search committee’s unanimous recommendation to appoint the former faculty member, provost and interim president as RISD’s 17th presidential leader. 

Although not the first woman to lead RISD – which, after all, was founded by Helen Metcalf and a group of 19th-century women 40 years before women even got the right to vote in the US – Rosanne is the first female graduate to earn the top leadership post.

Since most faculty and staff members already know the president well, the warmth and goodwill were palpable at yesterday’s celebration. “I jumped up from my chair and hopped up and down when I read the good news this morning!” one staff member exclaimed. 

Other good wishes flooded in during the course of the day as word got out – via The New York Times and other media outlets. RISD’s main Facebook, Twitter and Instagram accounts all saw spikes in activity and Somerson was especially pleased to receive congratulations from a number of alumni who she has taught and mentored over the years.

RISD’s new president with her daughters Annie and Isabel

photos by Jo Sittenfeld MFA 08 PH / fabulous custom cookies by Kristen Rizzo 94 TX