WKU Department of Folk Studies and Anthropology


The Kentucky Folklife Program is housed within the Department of Folk Studies and Anthropology at Western Kentucky University and works closely with the department to create opportunities for student to be involved in public folklore work. 


 Kentucky Museum at WKU

WKU_Tall_2cThe Kentucky Museum is located in the Kentucky Building on the campus of Western Kentucky University. The Museum houses six major permanent exhibits and several changing exhibits. There is a variety of partnerships, services, opportunities, workshops, camps and other outreach provided to the public each year, several of which are produced in partnership with KFP.


 Kentucky Arts Council

The Kentucky Folklife Program has an ongoing partnership with the Kentucky Arts Council through the Community Scholars program and the Folk and Traditional Arts Apprenticeship Grant.

Kentucky Historical Society

KHS square2The Kentucky Folklife Program has maintained a partnership with Kentucky Historical Society since moving to Western Kentucky University in July 2012.

Allen County Folklife and Oral History Project

allencountycroppedBegun as a two-year project with WKU Folk Studies students working to document folklife in Allen County, Kentucky, KFP has continued to build on this work through collaborations with Allen County High School and Community Scholars Training.