Oregon Folklife Network

Cecil Coons
Arrowhead Chipper

The Oregon Folklife Network (OFN) is the state of Oregon’s Folk and Traditional Arts Program, made up of a network of statewide culture and heritage partners that operate on state, regional, county, and community levels to document, support, preserve, and celebrate Oregon’s cultural traditions.

OFN facilitates interactions among all partners, from culture keepers, Tribes, and communities to our operational partners: the University of Oregon, Oregon Arts Commission, Oregon Cultural Trust, Oregon Historical Society, Oregon Heritage Commission, State Library, and Oregon Humanities.

OFN conducts folklife fieldwork and collaborates with communities, organizations, and Tribes to sponsor activities that increase public awareness of the significance of Oregon’s living cultural heritage. In doing so, OFN creates opportunities for folk artists to present their works to the public, as well as provides a wide variety of accessible folklife programs for Oregonians. OFN also delivers technical assistance and professional development to organizations, communities, and Tribes interested in preserving, presenting, or promoting their cultural traditions.

Headquartered at the University of Oregon, OFN is located in the Knight Library and administered by UO Academic Extension. The University provides financial and collaborative support from the Folklore Program, Knight Library Special Collections & University Archives, Arts and Administration Program, the School of Architecture and Allied Arts, College of Arts and Sciences, Graduate School, Knight Library, Academic Affairs, and Academic Extension.