Kentucky Folklife Program Debuts Legacy Project Zine Draft

The Kentucky Folklife Program is excited to share the draft zine that will accompany the ongoing Musical Legacy Project. This zine has been the project of Brielle Freeman, who is an undergraduate student at Western Kentucky University. The zine will focus on showing how the music scene of Southcentral Kentucky, and specifically gig culture, has … Continue reading Kentucky Folklife Program Debuts Legacy Project Zine Draft

Kentucky Folklife Programs Visits Marc Owens at High Street Studios

Earlier this year, the Kentucky Folklife Program visited musician and producer Marc Owens at his studio just outside of Bowling Green.  Marc has been a fixture of the Bowling Green music scene since his first studio basement on High Street thirty years ago and continues to leave his imprint on the local scene through his … Continue reading Kentucky Folklife Programs Visits Marc Owens at High Street Studios

Kentucky Folklife Program Partners with Bosnian Community for Symposium

This past Saturday, the Kentucky Folklife Program was honored to partner with the Bosnian Community of Bowling Green, the Kentucky Museum, and the Department of Folk Studies and Anthropology for the Remembering Srebrenica Symposium. The symposium featured a history of the war presented by Arnela Zukic, followed by a screening of the Oscar-nominated film, "Quo … Continue reading Kentucky Folklife Program Partners with Bosnian Community for Symposium

Kentucky Folklife Program to Co-Host Remembering Srebrenica Symposium

This Saturday July 10th Bowling Green’s Bosnian Community, along with WKU partners the Kentucky Folklife Program, Kentucky Museum, and Department of Folk Studies and Anthropology, will again be hosting the Remembering Srebrenica Symposium at the Auditorium at Jody Richards Hall/MMTH 166.  Parking will be available at the Mimosa Lot, adjacent to Gary Ransdell Hall across Normal Street … Continue reading Kentucky Folklife Program to Co-Host Remembering Srebrenica Symposium

Kentucky Folklife Program to Attend Split White Oak Basket Contest

Tomorrow, Saturday July 3rd, the Kentucky Folklife Program will be attending the Split White Oak Basket Contest at the Hart County Fair.  The contest was founded by Dr. James Middleton, who invited KFP on a split white oak harvest trip this past May. Come join the fun as basketmakers and basket enthusiasts gather to share knowledge … Continue reading Kentucky Folklife Program to Attend Split White Oak Basket Contest

Kentucky Folklife Program Interviews Musician Jane Pearl

Jane Pearl being interviewed by Brent Bjorkman. Photo by Joel Chapman. On Wednesday June 19th, Brent Bjorman and Joel Chapman visited musician Jane Pearl at her home in Bowling Green, Kentucky. After living in England for nearly 20 years, Pearl has returned to Bowling Green to be the primary caregiver of her father’s estate, which … Continue reading Kentucky Folklife Program Interviews Musician Jane Pearl

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