Kentucky Folklife Program Receives NEA grant to Preserve and Share Kentucky Musical Legacies

  The Kentucky Folklife Program, housed in the Department of Folk Studies and Anthropology at Western Kentucky University, has received funding from the National Endowment for the Arts to support a traveling exhibit and associated programming centered on the musical heritage and culture of South central Kentucky.   Since 1989, the mission of the Kentucky … Continue reading Kentucky Folklife Program Receives NEA grant to Preserve and Share Kentucky Musical Legacies

The KFP Welcomes Joel Chapman as Folklife Specialist

The Kentucky Folklife Program is happy to welcome Joel Chapman, of Bowling Green, and a native of Indiana, as the new Folklife Specialist beginning August 23, 2019.   Chapman completed his MA in Folk Studies with a Public Folklore concentration at Western Kentucky University in May. While a student, he served as Graduate Assistant to … Continue reading The KFP Welcomes Joel Chapman as Folklife Specialist

Kentucky Folklife Network Gathering in Paducah

Folklorists, Community Scholars, oral historians, folk artists, tradition bearers and other folklife enthusiasts are invited to the Kentucky Folklife Network Gathering at the Hotel Metropolitan in Paducah, Kentucky on May 16th. Participants from all over western Kentucky will come together to develop plans for a Kentucky Folklife Network & Digital Magazine, coordinated by the Kentucky … Continue reading Kentucky Folklife Network Gathering in Paducah

Kentucky Folklife Network Gathering in Bowling Green

Folklorists, Community Scholars, oral historians, folk artists, tradition bearers and other folklife enthusiasts are invited to the Kentucky Folklife Network Gathering at the African American Museum in Bowling Green, Kentucky on May 15th. Participants from all over western Kentucky will come together to develop plans for a Kentucky Folklife Network & Digital Magazine, coordinated by … Continue reading Kentucky Folklife Network Gathering in Bowling Green

Spring Update

We here at the Kentucky Folklife Program are excited to share a few of our recent exciting projects, some bittersweet news, and a bright outlook on what is to come. Thank you for supporting our work and coming along for the ride with us!   Farewell Virginia It is with both a heavy yet cheerful … Continue reading Spring Update

Kentucky Folklife Network, Cumberland Gathering Information

  Folklorists, Community Scholars, oral historians, folk artists, tradition bearers and other folklife enthusiasts are invited to the Kentucky Folklife Network Gathering at the Godbey Appalachian Center on Southeast Kentucky Community & Technical College’s Cumberland campus on March 30th. Participants from all over eastern Kentucky will come together to develop plans for a Kentucky Folklife … Continue reading Kentucky Folklife Network, Cumberland Gathering Information

KFP to bring Cuban Artist Renesito Avich to WKU campus as part of International Year of Cuba

On Thursday evening March 28th, join the Kentucky Folklife Program when they present Latin Grammy-winning Cuban musician Renesito Avich in WKU's Fine Arts Center Recital Hall 189 at 7 pm. Renesito specializes in the Tres Cubano, or Tres, the quintessential Cuban instrument that gives traditional Cuban music its iconic sound. This event is free to … Continue reading KFP to bring Cuban Artist Renesito Avich to WKU campus as part of International Year of Cuba

The Kentucky Folklife Network Gathering at the 2019 Kentucky Crafted: The Market

Folklorists, Community Scholars, folk artists, tradition bearers and other folklife enthusiasts are invited to the Kentucky Folklife Network Gathering at the 2019 Kentucky Crafted Market at the Kentucky Horse Park Alltech Arena. Participants from all over Kentucky will come together in Lexington to develop plans for a Kentucky Folklife Network & Digital Magazine, coordinated by … Continue reading The Kentucky Folklife Network Gathering at the 2019 Kentucky Crafted: The Market

Happy Holidays + KFP’s Winter Hours

Happy Holidays from the Kentucky Folklife Program! A reminder that Western Kentucky University's campus will be closed from Monday, December 17, 2018 through Tuesday, January 1, 2019.  The Kentucky Folklife Program will also be closed at this time. Have a wonderful holiday season and we'll see you in the new year!  Happy New Year!