2021 Folklife Gathering Features Speakers Available for Viewing

Thank you for participating in the first virtual Kentucky Folklife Gathering! We hope you are still feeling as energized as we are by the innovative and impactful folklife work shared by our guest speakers and panelists. To keep the momentum going, here are a few ways you can stay connected with the Kentucky Folklife Network.  … Continue reading 2021 Folklife Gathering Features Speakers Available for Viewing

The Passing of a Basketmaking Great – Mark Childress

The Kentucky Folklife Program is saddened to share the news of the passing of Mark Childress on March 28, 2021.  As a proud 7th generation legacy of Kentucky’s White Oak basketmaking Childress family, Mark was a prolific and inventive artist who touched everyone.  Throughout his life, Mark remained the epitome of what it means to be a talented artist … Continue reading The Passing of a Basketmaking Great – Mark Childress

Kentucky Folklife Vol. 3 Call for Proposals

We’re at it again, folks! We are now calling for proposals for our Spring 2021 issue of Kentucky Folklife, a multimedia digital publication that explores the broad scope of rich and complex cultural traditions across the Commonwealth. We are accepting proposals for articles, photo essays, documentary film & audio, interviews & oral histories, and performances that document Kentucky’s … Continue reading Kentucky Folklife Vol. 3 Call for Proposals

Kentucky Folklife Program receives NEA grant to further statewide outreach project

The Kentucky Folklife Program, in the Department of Folk Studies and Anthropology at WKU, has been awarded $20,000 by the National Endowment for the Arts to further its Kentucky Folklife Network magazine project and continue its efforts to work with community scholars and others involved in community-based documentation to share their cultural research statewide.  “It … Continue reading Kentucky Folklife Program receives NEA grant to further statewide outreach project

Folklife Gathering Now Virtual! New Date Announced

Folklife Gathering 2021 Are you a folklorist, community scholar, or cultural/arts worker in Kentucky? Do you want to connect with others across the state, get inspired, and learn how to take your community cultural initiatives to the next level, all for free and from the comfort of your favorite work-from-home chair?  Mark your calendars for … Continue reading Folklife Gathering Now Virtual! New Date Announced

Kentucky Folklife Magazine: Now Live!

We are excited to announce the launch of Kentucky Folklife, a multimedia digital publication dedicated to exploring expressive cultures throughout the Commonwealth! It has actually been live and active for almost a month now, but we are just now getting around to sharing it here. Grant supported by the National Endowment for the Arts and Kentucky Arts Council, … Continue reading Kentucky Folklife Magazine: Now Live!

KFP Launches Connecting Across the Commonwealth in the Time of Coronavirus Project

We hope you are all staying healthy inside your homes during this unprecedented time. The Kentucky Folklife Program, in partnership with WKU Folk Studies Program and the Kentucky Oral History Commission, is launching Connecting Across the Commonwealth in the Time of the Coronavirus, a project to engage with and document the experiences of Kentuckians as … Continue reading KFP Launches Connecting Across the Commonwealth in the Time of Coronavirus Project

Registration for Kentucky Folklife Network State-Wide Meeting Now Live!

Registration for the Kentucky Folklife Network State-Wide Wide Meeting is now live! The Kentucky Folklife Network is an initiative by the Kentucky Folklife Program designed to connect folklorists, community scholars, and folk arts organizations around the state. Our state-wide meeting for the newly established Kentucky Folklife Network will be on May 28th and 29th in … Continue reading Registration for Kentucky Folklife Network State-Wide Meeting Now Live!