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Six Oregon artists will talk about the history and cultural significance of their crafts and traditions during free presentations at state parks across Oregon during the month of June.

“Folk Arts in the Park” is sponsored by the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD), along with the University of Oregon’s Folklife Network (OFN), the Oregon Arts Commission and the Oregon Cultural Trust.

“The program is a great opportunity to work with heritage and arts organizations to showcase cultural traditions in Oregon while also bringing people out to enjoy scenic state parks,” Deputy State Historic Preservation Officer Roger Roper said.

Each artist will appear with a folklorist from the OFN, the state’s designated folk and traditional arts program, in collaboration with a local arts organization.

One of the artists, Mic Crenshaw, will be at Tryon Creek State Natural Area to present "Hip Hop with Mic," a hip- hop performance that will include stories and discussion. One of the most respected hip-hop artists in the Northwest, Crenshaw is a world-class emcee and poet and is also prominent on the national and international scene as a performer and community activist. His debut solo CD, "Charts," peaked at number four.

Crenshaw’s presentation will be made in collaboration with the Arts Council of Lake Oswego from 2 to 4 p.m. on June 29 at Tryon Creek State Natural Area, 11321 SW Terwilliger Blvd., Portland.

For a list of the other folk art presentations, visit ofn.uoregon.edu.

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