Olivia Cadaval

Curator, Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage

Olivia Cadaval is Curator and Chair of Cultural Research and Education at the Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage. Since joining the Center in 1988, she has curated numerous Smithsonian Folklife Festival programs including El Rio (2000), México (2010), Colombia: The Nature of Culture (2011), and PERÚ: Pachamama (2015).

In addition to her work with the Festival, Olivia produces curriculum enrichment materials, exhibitions, and online portals, including the bilingual site “Assembling the Festival Program: Colombia.” She has worked extensively on documentation, public programs, and education projects in the Latino community of Washington, D.C.

Her publications include Creating a Latino Identity in the Nation's Capital: The Latino Festival (1998). Olivia has contributed to such publications as Urban Odyssey, Creative Ethnicity, Washington at HomeNew York Folklore, the Journal of Folklore Research, and The Public Historian. Olivia holds a Ph.D. in American Studies and Folklife from George Washington University.