Calvert Marine Museum hosts exhibits and workshops that explore marine culture and history around the local fishing industry. Contact: P.O. Box 97, Solomons, MD 20688, 410/326-2042.

Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum preserves and documents local heritage and organizes exhibits, events, and school programs. Contact: P.O. Box 636, St. Michael’s, MD 21663, 410/745-2916.

Class Acts includes traditional artists on their extensive roster of artists for residencies in Maryland, DC, and Virginia. Contact: 8100 Georgia Ave., Silver Spring, MD 20910, 301/588-7525,info@classactsarts.org.

Havre de Grace Decoy Museum houses a large collection of working decoys from around the Chesapeake Bay. Summer classes are available and traditional carvers are on site every weekend. Contact: 215 Giles St., Havre de Grace, MD 21078, 410/939-3739.

House of Musical Tradition and Institute of Musical Traditions sponsors international and regional traditional music concerts and school programs. Contact: 7040 Carroll Ave., Takoma Park, MD 20912, 301/270-9090, hmtmail@hmtrad.com.

Jewish Museum of Maryland focuses on the history of Jewish people in Maryland. Contact: 15 Lloyd St., Baltimore, MD 21202, 410/732-6400, info@jewishmuseummd.org.

Maryland Traditions is the folklife program of the Maryland State Arts Council. Contact: Chad Buterbaugh, Director, chad.buterbaugh@maryland.gov; 410/767-6450; 175 W. Ostend St., Suite E, Baltimore, MD 21230.

Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation, sponsors touring programs, exhibits, and provides grants to artists. Contact: 201 N. Charles St., Suite 401, Baltimore, MD 21201, 410/539-6656.

Ward Museum of Wildfowl Art includes decorative as well as antique working decoys, with many regional styles represented. The museum offers school tour programs and the standards-based online guide Pass It On: Cultural Traditions of the Lower Eastern Shore. Contact: 909 S. Schumaker Dr., Salisbury, MD 21804, 410/742-4988.

New Jersey

Statewide Folklife Insfrastructure Brochure: New Jersey Communities, Traditions, Cultures describing each folklife partner in New Jersey.

Down Jersey Folklife Program at Wheaton Arts and Cultural Center, 1501 Glasstown Rd., Millville, NJ 08332; 856/825-6800

Jersey Shore Folklife Center, Tuckerton Seaport
120 West Main St. PO Box 52
Tuckerton, NJ 08087

New York

The Arts Mid Hudson Folk Arts Program, based in Poughkeepsie, works with Mid-Hudson Valley-based folk artists and traditional bearers to preserve and present the rich heritage and diversity of area residents. Contact: Elinor Levy, 696 Dutchess Turnpike, Suite F. Poughkeepsie NY, 12603. (845) 454-3222. elevy@artsmidhudson.org

Brooklyn Arts Council supports folk arts fieldwork, provides grants to artists, and runs public, school and summer programs. Contact: Christopher Mule, 55 Washington St., Brooklyn, NY 11201, 718/625-0080, cmule@brooklynartscouncil.org.

Brooklyn Children’s Museum resources include permanent and rotating exhibits as well as educational kits for teachers. Take a Walk in My Shoes focuses on local and global community. Contact: 145 Brooklyn Ave., Brooklyn, NY 11213, 718/735-4402.

The Folk Arts Program at the Castellani Art Museum of Niagara University documents and presents the diverse cultural heritage of the greater Buffalo-Niagara region through exhibits and educational programming. Contact: Edward Y. Millar, Castellani Art Museum, PO Box 1938, Niagara University, NY 14109; (716) 286-8290, emillar@niagara.edu .

Center for Traditional Music and Dance hosts concerts and events featuring ethnic music, dance, and related arts. Find audio clips, photos, and concert schedules on their web site. Contact: 200 Church St., Room 303, New York, NY 10013, 212/571-1555.

City Lore is a nonprofit organization that serves New York City and houses the Center for Folk Arts in Education, which provides school residencies and professional development for teachers and artists. City Lore co-publishes the CARTS Newsletter with Local Learning and publishes The Culture Catalog. Contact: Amanda Dargan, 56 E. 1st St., New York, NY 10003, 212/529-1955,adargan@citylore.org.

Hallockville Museum Farm and Folklife Center preserves and presents the historic and contemporary folklife of the area through exhibits, festivals, and school programs. Contact: 6038 Sound Ave., Riverhead, NY 11901, 516/298-5292.

Long Island Traditions sponsors events, tours, and educational projects featuring a range of occupational and ethnic lore in the area. Education resources include kits that may be ordered online and online artist portraits. Contact: 382 Main St., Port Washington, NY 11050, 516/767-8803, info@longislandtraditions.org.

New York Folklore Society offers programs and services to nurture traditional arts and culture in the communities, furthering cultural equity and cross-cultural understanding. Resources include publications, links to folklife archives, and an annual conference. Contact: P.O. Box 764, Schenectady, NY 12301, 518/346-7008, nyfs@nyfolklore.org.

New York State Council for the Arts Folk Arts Program supports folk arts around the state. Contact: Robert Baron, 175 Varick St., New York, NY 10014, 212/627-4455, rbaron@nysca.org.

Pachamama Peruvian Arts is a free after-school education program celebrating the traditional performing arts of Peru at PS 212, Jackson Heights. Contact: Gabrielle Hamilton,gmhamilton@ctmd.org, c/o Center for Traditional Music and Dance, 32 Broadway, Suite 1314, New York, NY 10004, 212/571-1555, x27, gmhamilton@ctmd.org.

Roberson Museum and Science Center hosts folk arts exhibits. Contact: 30 Front St., Binghamton, NY 13905, 607/772-0660.

Streetplay chronicles urban games in New York City and around the world. The web site includes game histories, rules, and stories of urban games like skully, stoopball, and ringoleavio, as well as an intergenerational section for parents and children.

Traditional Arts of Upstate New York (TAUNY) supports understanding and appreciation of North Country folk traditions and local culture. Their education web site is North Country Folklore Online. Contact: 2 W. Main St., Canton, NY 13617, 315/386-4289, info@tauny.org.

World Music Institute documents and presents traditional and contemporary music and dance from throughout the world through a NYC concert series, musical tours, recordings, public radio series, and an extensive catalog of music from around the world. Contact: 101 Lafayette St., #801, New York, NY 10013, 212/545-7536.

res_midatl1Benny Ayala teaching plena, a traditional Puerto Rican musical style, at Rincón Criollo casita in the Bronx. Casitas are little houses built on empty lots in New York City neighborhoods that recall the look and feel of the Puerto Rican countryside

Photo by Martha Cooper


The Center for Pennsylvania Culture Studies at the Pennsylvania State University, Harrisburg, provides programs, resources, and support for the study of Pennsylvania’s cultural heritage. The Center maintains research collections such as the Pennsylvania Folklife Archives, Archives of Pennsylvania Folklore and Ethnography, Mac Barrick Folklore Collection, and John Yetter Collection of Steelton Photographs; organizes educational programs; offers technical support; and supports publications consistent with its mission. Contact: Simon J. Bronner, American Studies Program, Penn State Harrisburg, 777 West Harrisburg Pike, Middletown, PA 17057-4898, 717-948-6039, sbronner@psu.edu.

Historical Society of Pennsylvania provides education workshops as well as online lessons and resources such as Exploring Diversity in Pennsylvania History. Contact: Joan Saverino, 1300 Locust St., Philadelphia, PA 19107, 215/732-6200, jsaverino@hsp.org.

Pennsylvania Council on the Arts includes folk artists on the state roster. Contact: Room 216, Finance Building, Harrisburg, PA 17120, 717/787-6883.

Philadelphia Folklore Project (PFP) documents, supports, and presents folk arts and culture through fieldwork, archives, exhibits, performances, and media resources. The Folk Arts and Multicultural Education (FAME) program places artists in school and community residencies. PFP and Asian Americans United established a public charter school, Folk Arts-Cultural Treasures Charter School (FACTS). Contact: 735 S. 50th St., Philadelphia, PA 19143, 215/732-6200, pfp@folkloreproject.org.

Rivers of Steel National Heritage Area coordinates and facilitates cultural and industrial heritage projects in southwestern Pennsylvania and provides school and community education programs. Contact: Bost Building, 623 E.8th Ave., Homestead, PA 15120, 412/464-4020, info@riversofsteel.com.


Blue Ridge Institute houses a museum and produces a fall folklife festival as well as other events throughout the year. Their online exhibits present ballads and banjos. Contact: Ferrum College, Ferrum, VA 24088, 540/365-4416.

Junior Appalchian Musicians, based in Galax, helps communities provide opportunities for children to participate in the old-time and bluegrass music and dance traditions of the Southern Appalachians. Find online resources, including student videos. Contact: PO Box 1085, Galax, VA 24333,  276/238-0526, info@regionaljam.org.

Virginia Foundation for the Humanities Folklife Program supports a wide array of documentation projects. Order CDs and publications online. Contact: Jon Lohmann, 145 Ednam Dr., Charlottesville, VA 22903, 804/924-3296, lohman@virginia.edu.

West Virginia

Appalachian Studies Association offers regional education resources.

Augusta Heritage Center offers many programs, including summer workshops in folk arts, music, and dance. The center sponsors ongoing fieldwork and documentation of Appalachian folk artists and traditional culture. Contact: 100 Campus Dr., Elkins, WV 26241, 304/637-1209, augusta@augustaheritage.com.

Talking Across the Lines documents local people of diverse ethnic and economic backgrounds through audio recordings and photography. Contact: Michael and Carrie Kline, 114 Boundary Ave., Elkins, WV 26241, 304/636-5444, kline@folktalk.org.

West Virginia Division of Culture and History sponsors festivals and events related to traditional West Virginia music, crafts, and food. They also host folk arts exhibits and provide educational resources. Contact: 1900 Kanawha Blvd. E., Charleston, WV 25305, 304/558-0220.

West Virginia Folklife Center documents and preserves local folk arts and culture. Contact: Fairmont State College, 1201 Locust Ave., Fairmont, WV 26554, 304/367-4403, wvfolklife@mail.fscwv.edu.

West Virginia Folklife Program is home to the first state folklorist and based at the West Virginia Humanities Council. Contact Emily Hilliard, 304/346-8500,  hilliard@wvhumanities.org.