As you enter the reception area of the Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage, a distinctively carved limestone block anchors the far edge of the seating area. It is, in fact, a beautifully carved Welsh apex stone.
The Virgin of Guadalupe has many names and stories. So, too, does the elaborately decorated version of la Virgen made by María Gloria Moroyoqui for the U.S.-Mexico Borderlands program at the 1993 Smithsonian Folklife Festival. Today she hangs outside the office of curator Olivia Cadaval, where she exerts a strong presence to all who pass her by.
Over the nearly five decades of the Smithsonian Folklife Festival, participating artists have generously donated many of the objects they created while in Washington, D.C., to the Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage.