Washington, D.C. & Host Institutions

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Washington, D.C.

Washington, D.C., was founded as the capital of the United States in 1790 and is home to peoples from throughout the world.


Smithsonian Folkways

Smithsonian Folkways Recordings is the nonprofit record label of the Smithsonian Institution. It is dedicated to supporting cultural diversity and increased understanding among peoples through the documentation, preservation, and dissemination of sound.


The George Washington University

The George Washington University is the largest institution of higher education in the District of Columbia. It includes ten schools and colleges, nearly 100 research centers and institutes, and more than 26,000 students—from all 50 states, the District, and 130 countries.