Dr Betty Belanus (MA and PhD, Indiana University) is an Education Specialist and Curator at the Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage, Washington DC, USA.
She curated Smithsonian Folklife Festival programs including Massachusetts (1988), Family Farms in the Heartland (1991), Working at the Smithsonian (1996), African Immigrants to Metropolitan D.C. (1997), New Hampshire (1999), Water Ways: Mid-Atlantic Maritime Communities (2004) and The Roots of Virginia Culture (2007). She is currently developing a Welsh culture program for 2009.
She instituted the Folklore Summer Institute for Community Scholars (1989 and 1990) and a teacher seminar during the Festival. Other work includes education kits: Learning about Folklife: The U.S. Virgin Islands & Senegal, Borders and Identity, and Discovering Our Delta, an on-line exhibition and Smithsonian Global Sound features. She authored a novel, Seasonal (2002), and co-authored the children’s book, Caravan to America: The Living Arts of the Silk Road (2002).
Belanus was formerly the State Folk Arts Coordinator for the Indiana Arts Commission.