Traditional Arts Specialist
Dr. Langston Collin Wilkins joined the Tennessee Arts Commission in November 2017. Prior to joining the commission, he worked as a program officer for Humanities Tennessee where he was primarily responsible for youth-oriented programs. Langston was a Laura Bolton Junior Fellow in the Department of Folklore & Ethnomusicology at Indiana University where he engaged in research and generated programming related to African American music. In addition, he served as a fellow for the Folklife and Traditional Arts Program of the Houston Arts Alliance and the Houston Museum of African American Culture where he conducted field work and produced public programs that centered on the traditional arts of Houston’s African Diasporic communities. Langston also co-founded the Houston Slab Parade & Family Festival, art car culture that emerged within Houston, Texas’ African American community.
Langston holds a BA in English from the University of Texas at Austin. He holds Master of Arts degrees in both African American Studies and Ethnomusicology from Indiana University. He received his PhD in Ethnomusicology from Indiana University in July 2016.