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H.J.R. 13





Sponsor: Brent H. Goodfellow

             6      LONG TITLE
             7      General Description:
             8          This joint resolution of the Legislature recognizes the "Clog America" International
             9      Festival Ensemble.
             10      Highlighted Provisions:
             11          This resolution:
             12          .    recognizes Utah's "Clog America" International Festival Ensemble as Ambassadors
             13      of Peace and Friendship to the World.
             14      Special Clauses:
             15          None
             17      Be it resolved by the Legislature of the state of Utah:
             18          WHEREAS, Clog America is comprised of award-winning dancers and musicians from
             19      Utah who have had the great honor of representing Utah and the United States of America in
             20      over 40 major festivals and events throughout Europe, Canada, Mexico, Korea, and the United
             21      States;
             22          WHEREAS, the Clog America Ensemble includes 35 dancers plus the Clog America
             23      Band featuring fiddles, guitar, banjo, bass, mandolin, percussion, and vocalists;
             24          WHEREAS, the Clog America Dance Ensemble and Band have been invited by the
             25      International Council of Organizations of Folklore Festivals (CIOFF) to represent the United
             26      States at the 2004 World Folkloriada to be held in August in Budapest, Hungary, with more
             27      than 2,000 performers representing over 70 countries;

             28          WHEREAS, the CIOFF Folkloriada is the "Olympics" of the folk art world and is held
             29      every four years in a different country;
             30          WHEREAS, Clog America is the only performing group selected to represent the
             31      United States at this prestigious international event;
             32          WHEREAS, Clog America is a Utah cultural treasure, having performed at such
             33      notable events as the 2002 Olympic Winter Games and the 2002 World Cup Folkfest in
             34      Inchon, Korea;
             35          WHEREAS, representing Utah and the United States at these world events fosters
             36      friendship and good will with the people of other nations through the international languages of
             37      music and dance, promoting positive international relations with those who may otherwise only
             38      know Americans through movies and the news reports they watch on television; and
             39          WHEREAS, Clog America participants conduct themselves as true professionals on
             40      stage, are entirely self-funded, and work hard to prepare and travel at their own expense to
             41      attend festivals across the country and the world:
             42          NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the Legislature of the state of Utah
             43      recognize the Clog America International Festival Ensemble as Ambassadors of Peace and
             44      Friendship to the World as they prepare to participate in the 2004 World Folkloriada.
             45          BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that a copy of this resolution be presented to the Clog
             46      America International Festival Ensemble.

Legislative Review Note
    as of 1-27-04 1:35 PM

A limited legal review of this legislation raises no obvious constitutional or statutory concerns.

Office of Legislative Research and General Counsel

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