About Jennifer Joy

Jennifer Joy Jameson is a public folklorist and cultural organizer with an interest in documenting the ways culture shapes creativity, especially in rural spaces. She directed the folk and traditional arts program at the Mississippi Arts Commission from 2014 to early 2017, and is now based in Los Angeles, working with the statewide Alliance for California Traditional Arts, directing programs, grants, and media work. She has served in an advisory capacity for The Art of the Rural since 2010.

Jennifer's research and writing has focused primarily on the makers of built art environments, and on music collectors, in the American South. Earlier this year, Jennifer co-curated an exhibition exploring the local legacy of Loy Bowlin, Mississippi's "Original Rhinestone Cowboy," who famously bedazzled his entire home. The exhibition, titled The Making of a Dream is up now at the John Michael Kohler Arts Center in Sheboygan, WI.

Jennifer lives in Eagle Rock, and is a proud member of the Northeast Local of the Los Angeles Tenants Union.