Having returned to the summer with the 1981 Festival, in 1982 the Festival of American Folklife returned to its original plot on the National Mall among Smithsonian Museum buildings. It took place for two five-day weeks (June 24-28 and July 1-5) between Madison Drive and Jefferson Drive and between 10th Street and 14th Street, south of the National Museum of American History and the National Museum of Natural History (see site plan
). As noted by Secretary S. Dillon Ripley, "We celebrate the return to a quieter, more easily accessible, and larger site, and also to one that makes more clearly visible the strong, complimentary relationship between museum collections and the presenters of living traditions."
The 1982 Festival was co-presented by the Smithsonian Institution and National Park Service, with support from the Diamond Jubilee Commission of the State of Oklahoma, Oklahoma Department of Tourism and Recreation, International Cultural Society of Korea, and Music Performance Trust Funds, and with cooperation of the National Endowment for the Arts. It was organized by the Office of Folklife Programs.
Folklife Advisory Council
Wilcomb E. Washburn, Chairman, Roger Abrahams, Richard Ahlborn, William Fitzhugh, Lloyd Herman, Robert Laughlin, Scott Odell, Ralph Rinzler, Peter Seitel, Richard Sorenson, Thomas Vennum
Office of Folklife Programs
Ralph Rinzler, Director; Richard Derbyshire, Archivist; Susan Kalcik, Folklorist; Jeffrey LaRiche, Program Coordinator; Diana Parker, Festival Program Coordinator; Jack Santino, Folklorist; Robert Sayers, Anthropologist; Peter Seitel, Senior Folklorist; Thomas Vennum, Ethnomusicologist; Kazadi wa Mukuna, Ethnomusicologist
Russell E. Dickenson, Director; Manus J. Fish, Jr., Regional Director, National Capital Region
Fieldworkers and presenters
Hannah Atkins, Jay Bailey, George Carney, Rodger Harris, Alan Heyman, Geraldine Johnson, Susan Kalcik, Doug Kim, Kim Yong Pil, Paul Lehman, Guy Logsdon, Lucy Long, Clydia Nahwoosky, Fred Nahwooksy, Michael Saso, Robert Sayers, Daniel Sheehy, Bob Teske, Peggy Yocom, Yoon Yeol Soo, Zozayong