New England


Commission on Culture and Tourism promotes the arts and culture, including arts education initiatives such as the HOT Schools program and folk artist residencies. Contact: One Financial Plaza, 755 Main St., Hartford, CT 06103, 860/256-2800.

Institute for Community Research fosters community-based research through collaborative partnerships from youth action research to teacher research. ICR is also home to the Connecticut Cultural Heritage Arts Program, which supports folk artist workshops and residencies and provides resources and training for educational ethnographic fieldwork. Contact: 2 Hartford Square West, Suite 100, Hartford, CT 06106, 860/278-2044.


Cultural Resources helps communities and groups identify, celebrate, and preserve the cultural traditions that make them unique through workshops and public programs. On the web site, find online exhibits, podcasts, and workbooks. Contact: Kathleen Mundell, P.O. Box 1175, Rockport, ME 04856, 207/236-6741,

Life Story Center celebrates individual lives and strengthens community bonds by bringing people of all generations together to share stories. Online resources include a framework for collecting and submitting your life story. Contact: Life Story Center, University of Southern Maine, 210 Wishcamper Center, 34 Bedford St., Portland, ME 04104, 207/228 8483,

Maine Arts Commission Folk and Traditional Arts Program encourages and fosters public interest and participation in the cultural heritage of Maine. Contact: Kathleen Mundell, 193 State St., August, ME 04333, 207/287-6746,

Maine Indian Basketmakers Alliance supports basketry traditions in native communities. Find artists, programs, and markets on the web site.

Maine Folklife Center does folklife and oral history research, education, and public events focused primarily on Maine, but also the Northeast and Maritime Canada. Find exhibits and education guides, such as the Maine Song and Story Sampler, on our website. Contact: 5773 South Stevens Hall, Orono, ME 04469, 207/581-1891,

Maine Historical Society produces exciting resources and opportunities for teachers and students, including school partnerships in the Maine Memory Network and guidelines for student research.

Oral History and Folklife Research provides technical assistance, training, and research for projects in oral history and folklife. Contact: Keith Ludden,

University of Maine Raymond H. Fogler Library Special Collections Department is home to the Northeast Archives of Folklore and Oral History, a leading collection of oral histories, traditional music, and photographs of the Northeast, formally housed in the Maine Folklife Center. Contact: 5729 Fogler Library, Orono, ME 04469,

Western Maine Cultural Alliance preserves and supports cultural activity in western Maine. Find audio and photo archival materials online.


Massachusetts Cultural Council Folk Arts and Heritage Program offers online resources on many traditional art forms such as Keepers of Tradition.
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Contact: Maggie Holzberg, 10 St. James Ave., 3rd Floor, Boston, MA 02116, 617-858-2713,

New Hampshire

New Hampshire State Council on the Arts Heritage & Traditional Arts Program hosts an online artist guide and the education web site New Hampshire Folklife featuring resources and activities for all ages. Contact: Kayla Schweitzer, Heritage and Traditional Arts Coordinator, New Hampshire State Council on the Arts, 19 Pillsbury St., First Floor, Concord, NH 03301, 603-271-0795,

Rhode Island

Rhode Island Arts Council Folk Arts Programcurrently has no folk arts manager. Contact: One Capitol Hill, 3rd Floor, Providence, RI 02908, 401/222-6996.

What Did You Do in the War, Grandma? is an archive of Rhode Island women’s stories and a model for student projects.


Vermont Folklife Center develops exhibits, award-winning radio shows, and educational resources, including picture books based on recordings of family stories in the region. The Discovering Community Project supports training and curriculum development in digital media, folklife, and place-based learning. Contact: Kathleen Haughey, 88 Main St., Middlebury, VT 05753, 802/388-4964,