Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage

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The Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage is a research unit within the Smithsonian Institution. It houses the annual Folklife Festival (held on the National Mall), Smithsonian Folkways recordings, the Ralph Rinzler Archives, and a number of cultural sustainability programs.

Great Leap's activities have been featured by the Center in several ways. The historic 1973 album, A Grain of Sand, is now a permanent part of Smithsonian Folkways, available for purchase as a remastered compact disc or as a digital download, and the Center's blog and magazine have featured articles on the album's importance. The FandangObon project was featured in the 2016 Folklife Festival as part of its "Sounds of California" theme, and spin-off articles about it can be found on the Festival blog (including profiles of George Abe and Atomic Nancy). In short, Great Leap has a close relationship with the CFCH.