Folklife Documentaries

Over the years, UMBC Professor of Practice Bill Shewbridge and the New Media Studio have worked with Maryland Traditions to produce short films documenting Maryland’s intangible heritage.

Phil Wiggins, of Montgomery County, is a master harmonica player in the tradition of the Piedmont blues, a delicate, lyrical style of blues originating in Black communities in the eastern United States in the 1920s and 1930s.


David Ludwik Rapkievian is a master instrument maker, musician, and folk dancer who works in the Russian, Polish, and Armenian traditions. As an instrument maker, David crafts violins in his Washington Grove, MD workshop.


Generational supporter of African American community and culture, the Arch Social Club of Baltimore City received a Maryland Heritage Award in the category of place in 2019.