Western Kentucky University recognizes KFP and Kentucky Museum

For over 30 years, the Kentucky Folklife Program has continued with its mission to document, present, and conserve the diverse culture and heritage of the Commonwealth of Kentucky.  Based at Western Kentucky University, our mission dovetails well with the university’s desire to be leading regional university dedicated to student-centered applied research.  As part of the … Continue reading Western Kentucky University recognizes KFP and Kentucky Museum

Kentucky Tracks Episode One Now Live

  The first episode of Kentucky Tracks is now live! This podcast, created by KFP, is dedicated as a companion to our on-going Kentucky Musical Legacy Project. Over the next few months, we will be releasing episodes to share the stories of local musicians and music fans in Bowling Green. Our first episode is dedicated … Continue reading Kentucky Tracks Episode One Now Live

SAVE THE DATE: Kentucky Folklife Gathering May 28th and 29th

The Kentucky Folklife Program will be hosting a state-wide meeting for the newly established Kentucky Folklife Network. It will take place in Bowling Green, KY on May 28th and 29th. At the gathering there will be workshops conducted by esteemed colleagues doing inventive fieldwork  and dedicated time to update you about the network as we … Continue reading SAVE THE DATE: Kentucky Folklife Gathering May 28th and 29th

Folk Studies and KFP Present at Horse Cave Heritage Festival

On Saturday, September 21st, graduate students, faculty, and staff in the WKU Folk Studies Program and Kentucky Folklife Program partnered to produce the Chattin’ on the Porch stage at the Horse Cave Heritage Festival in Horse Cave, Kentucky. A yearly tradition, this event serves as a key opportunity for Folk Studies students to gain fieldwork … Continue reading Folk Studies and KFP Present at Horse Cave Heritage Festival

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

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