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Fridays at Noon with Sabrina Lynn Motley

Daytime Members-Only Program

Friday, June 11, 2021 - 12:00 p.m. to 12:30 p.m. ET
Code: 1G0007
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Top: Sabrina Motley (photo: Trent Johnson)
Below: Roberta Gasbarre (photo: Amanda Corbett)

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Mark Fridays at Noon on your calendar to savor the liveliest and most interesting conversation you’ll hear all week. Designed exclusively for Smithsonian Associates members, this twice-monthly web podcast series invites you to go behind the scenes and into the working lives of some of the most intriguing people from all across the Smithsonian and Washington’s worlds of culture, science, and education.


Sabrina Lynn Motley, Director of the Festival, at the Smithsonian Institution’s Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage. 

About our Guest
Sabrina Lynn Motley joined the Center in 2013 as director of the Smithsonian Folklife Festival. Before coming to the Smithsonian, she was connected to many cultural institutions nationally. Sabrina served as senior director of programs and exhibitions at Asia Society Texas Center; was vice president of Vesper Society, a social justice foundation; was program and education director at the Japanese American National Museum (a Smithsonian affiliate); and curated public programs for the Getty Museum, and community-based exhibitions for the California Endowment. She also hosted “The Global Village” on KPFK in Los Angeles.

Sabrina has creatively and fiercely guided the Festival through many necessary changes, most recently its move to a national digital platform. She talks to us about her journey to the Mall, Festivals past and present and the future … and answers the question of why “making matters” --  in our not-to-be-missed conversation.


“I love talking to people who are passionate about what they do, no matter the disciplines in which they work. It’s exciting for me to learn what makes them tick, where they find inspiration, and—especially now—how they remain innovative and imaginative when there’s a challenge to face. I always come away with something new and fascinating to spark my own thinking.” —Roberta Gasbarre




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