Dave & Bea Roeder Fund: For the Future of Public Folklore in the West

Sponsored by the Association of Western States Folklorists
Administered by the Alliance for California Traditional Arts

This fund is offered in memory of Colorado folklorist Bea Roeder and her husband Dave, whose vision, humanity, and passion for the field inspired and impacted folklorists, students, community scholars, and people from many cultures around the world. 


The Dave and Bea Roeder Fund will be awarded to a graduate or undergraduate student and/or a community scholar who show a demonstrated interest in public sector folklore in the American West. (“Community scholars” refers to those who have learned to document the folklife of their respective communities, but may not have formal training as folklorists.) The fund will provide the recipient with funding to attend the annual Association of Western States Folklorists meeting. Applications must be postmarked or submitted via email by March 10, 2017. The award announcement will be made by March 20, 2017.  The recipient of this award agrees to attend the annual meeting of the Association of Western States Folklorists from April 20-22, 2017, in Eugene, Oregon.

Information on the meeting—an agenda, hotel information, and a registration link—can be found at awsf.wordpress.com. The Western States Folklore Society will also be meeting in Eugene, overlapping with AWSF for several days, so there will be additional opportunities to meet with academic folklorists.

The funding ($500) will be used to cover, in part, travel to and from the conference, meals, and accommodations. The AWSF annual meeting consists of a “graze,” or local folklife tour; professional development workshops; and the general meeting, which includes discussions of local programs, important initiatives, and issues facing the field.  

For more information contact:

Andrea Graham

Applications must be submitted via email attachments by midnight on March 10, 2017 to Andrea Graham at graham.andrea.m@gmail.com.
Andrea will notify all applicants that she has received their applications; contact her immediately if you do not receive that confirmation.

Download application as a PDF


About Bea

Photo of Bea Roeder

Bea Roeder passed away suddenly on June 12, 2003. She was known to her friends, family and colleagues as warm, caring and involved. She was married to Dave Roeder and had two sons, Mark and Bryan. Bea loved to travel, and enjoyed people, culture and ecology everywhere. Bea worked as a Colorado State Folklorist for the Colorado Council on the Arts (CCA) since 1988. During that time she was involved in both statewide and local folklore, historical projects, archiving and oral history collections. In 1990 at the Arvada Center for Arts and Humanities Bea organized the first Colorado Cowboy Poetry Gathering, an event which is still going strong. She was a force behind the CCA/National Endowment for the Arts project "Ties That Bind,” a folklore education multimedia kit for teachers, and she deeply enjoyed conducting education workshops and partnerships.  She organized the Colorado Folk Arts Festival at Four Mile Historic Park. She was deeply involved with Native American culture and spirituality, and a student of the Lakota language.  Her husband Dave passed away in 2011.

Profile by Dave Roeder

Join us in supporting this worthy cause!

This fund is offered in memory of folklorist Bea Roeder whose vision, humanity and passion for the field inspired and impacted folklorists, students, community scholars and people from many cultures around the world.

Please help us support the professional development of students, young professionals and community scholars interested in public folklore.  To make a tax-deductible donation, send a check and complete the contribution form.  Send to Amy Kitchener, ACTA, 744 P Street, Suite 307, Fresno, CA 93721.  You may contact Amy Kitchener at (559) 237-9813 or akitch@actaonline.org.