The Wisconsin Arts Board welcomes Kaitlyn Berle as its new Folk and Traditional Arts Specialist.
Kaitlyn Berle is a trained folklorist and ethnographer with an MA in public sector folklore from Western Kentucky University. Kaitlyn has extensive experience in conducting oral history interviews and ethnographic fieldwork, most recently managing the Folk and Traditional Arts program for Community Partnerships Resource Conservation & Development, a Pennsylvania Partners in the Arts organization with the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts (PCA). Prior to her work in Pennsylvania, Kaitlyn conducted fieldwork for the Mississippi Arts Commission, documenting individual artists and artistic communities in Central Mississippi with a focus on music and dance traditions. Kaitlyn also has experience working on various community-based folk and traditional arts programs in Kentucky and Ohio. As a graduate student at Western Kentucky University, Berle served as the Assistant Project Coordinator for the Allen County Folklife and Oral History Project, and had the opportunity to work with Dr. Ann K. Ferrell on research and fieldwork related to gender and agriculture.
Kaitlynís personal research interests include foodways and farming, and folklore and medicine, particularly related to womenís health and health narratives. Kaitlyn has worked on several oral history projects, has experience in archives and cataloguing, public programming, and cultural interpretation, and has worked for several folklore organizations, including the Ohio State Universityís Center for Folklore Studies and the American Folklore Society. She is thrilled to begin her work with the Wisconsin Arts Board, and looks forward to building relationships and developing an understanding of Wisconsinís diverse cultural landscape.