Public Folklore Resources


  • Indiana: Traditional Arts Indiana (TAI) is a partnership established in 1998 between Indiana University Bloomington and the Indiana Arts Commission. Traditional Arts Indiana is dedicated to expanding public awareness of Indiana’s traditional practices and nurturing a sense of pride among Indiana’s traditional artists.
  • Iowa Folklife Program – The Iowa Arts Council’s Folklife Program assists in documenting, preserving, presenting, and promoting the living traditional culture of all Iowans. In addition to the resources listed below, Iowa Arts Council staff is ready and willing to consult with you or your organization about folk & traditional arts ideas, plans, and opportunities.
  • The Louisiana Folklife Program, within the Division of the Arts, is designed to identify, document, conserve, and present the folk cultural resources of Louisiana. Folklife includes living traditions learned informally over time within ethnic, regional, occupational, and family groups.
  • The Missouri Folk Arts Program (MFAP) was established in 1984 and builds cross-cultural understanding by documenting, conserving and presenting our state’s living folk arts and folklife in collaboration with Missouri’s citizens.
  • North Dakota Folk Arts Program encourages the preservation and continuation of traditional culture and traditional/folk art throughout North Dakota.
  • The Philadelphia Folklore Project builds critical folk cultural knowledge, sustains vital and diverse living cultural heritage in communities, and creates equitable processes and practices for nurturing local grassroots arts and humanities.
  • Texas Folklife Resources (TFR) is a private, nonprofit cultural organization dedicated to celebrating and perpetuating the traditional arts and culture of the Lone Star State. It works directly with folk artists and communities to document living traditions and present them to the public through exhibitions, concerts, media projects and educational residencies.
  • Wisconsin Folks teaches students about folk art and artists and provides compelling examples of many genres and artists, from fish decoys to dance.
  • Wisconsin Teachers of Local Culture enables teachers to create integrated lessons that link with academic standards and that place specific knowledge in broad context.  Of interest to anyone teaching folklore in the classroom.
  • The Vermont Folklife Center, founded in 1984, is dedicated to preserving and presenting the cultural traditions of Vermont and the surrounding region. Through ongoing field research, a multimedia archive and an apprenticeship program, we document and conserve cultural heritage which could easily be lost; through exhibits, media, publication and educational projects, we bring recognition to the skills, talents and traditions of Vermonters, past and present.

Regional Resources

Northwest Folklife works to enhance the understanding and importance of our shared cultural heritage as traditional arts express cultural identity and provide a tool to help understand community diversity.  Its programs include Northwest Folklife Recordings, Rhythm & Moves and the Northwest Folklife Festival, held over Memorial Day weekend, which is one of the largest, most varied and most vibrant free folklife celebrations in North America.

The Western Folklife Center
is dedicated to exploring, presenting and preserving the diverse and dynamic cultural heritage of the American West. We celebrate the wisdom, artistry and ingenuity of western folkways through exhibitions, educational programs, national radio and television programs, research and preservation projects, our website, and our premier event, The National Cowboy Poetry Gathering. We nurture connections among rural and ranching cultures globally, exploring universal themes in working traditions and artistic expression, which we believe are vital links to the past, present and future of the American West.