South East


Alabama State Council on the Arts Folklife Program provides extensive support for documentation and projects statewide. Its public programs division, The Alabama Center for Traditional Culture, researches and presents programs on the state’s folk culture, including online radio programs and articles. Find publications and recordings useful in classrooms. Contact: Joey Brackner, 201 Monroe St., Suite 110, Montgomery, AL 36104, 334/242-4076 x225,

Alabama Folklife Association is a statewide organization that trains community scholars, including teachers, produces events and exhibits, and publishes educational resources such as the Bullfrog Jumped Learning Guide using traditional music for early childhood education.


Cultural Heritage Alliance and Zora Neale Hurston Institute for Documentary Studies at the University of Central Florida celebrate the region’s rich diversity through education, technology-based heritage projects as well as folklife research, preservation, and network-building. Web-based resources include the Turkey Maiden Project, Folkvine (see below), Chinavine, hurricane stories, folk tale video games, and digital storytelling.

The City of Tarpon Springs’ Center for Gulf Coast Folklife focuses on local, Gulf Coast region, and Florida folklife through exhibits, festivals, performances, workshops, and other programming founded in ethnographic research.  Our mission is to identify, document, present, and preserve our unique traditional culture. Please call 727-937-1130 or 727-942-5605 for more information, or contact Tina Bucuvalas at 727-916-0235.

The Florida Folklife Program documents and presents Florida’s folklife and folk arts. The Program coordinates a wide range of projects designed to increase the awareness of Floridians and visitors alike about the state’s traditional culture. Activities include an annual fieldwork survey, the Florida Folklife Apprenticeship Program, the Florida Folk Heritage Awards, and the Florida Folk Festival held every Memorial Day weekend in White Springs. The Florida Folklife Program also sponsors educational events, performances, and classroom demonstrations. Contact them for free online resources, publications, and teaching tools, such as the award-winning Florida Music Train education guide. Contact: Amanda Hardeman, Division of Historical Resources, R. A. Gray Building, 500 S. Bronough Street, Tallahassee, Florida 32399, 850/245-6427,

Folkvine is a project of the Cultural Heritage Alliance, allowing users of all ages to explore sense of place, creativity, and folk art through a variety multimedia presentations of folk artists.

HistoryMiami preserves and celebrates Miami’s history through exhibits, tours, research, collections, and educational outreach. It is home to the South Florida Folklife Center. which  hosts artist residencies at the museum and in classrooms. Online resources include multimedia artist profiles and exhibits. Contact: 101 W. Flagler St., Miami, FL 33130, 305/375-1492,


Foxfire began pioneering oral history and folklife research in K-12 education in 1966 and continues to advocate student-centered, community-based learning through core practices, publications, and teacher training.

NAMES AIDS Memorial Quilt is the world’s largest work of collaborative folk art. The web site includes education resources. Visit the NAMES Project: 637 Hoke St., Atlanta, GA 30318, 404/688-5500,

South Georgia Folklife Collection provides online exhibits and archived radio programs plus the K-12 guide, Folkwriting.

South Arts is a regional arts service organization. Folk arts in education resources include the online guides Tradition/Innovation and Roots and Rhythm. Contact: Teresa Hollingsworth, 1800 Peachtree St. NW, Suite 808, Atlanta, GA 30309, 404-874-7244 x. 14,

Southern Spaces is an online interdisciplinary journal based at Emory University.


Appalshop is a media and cultural center that has been documenting, exhibiting, and presenting Appalachian culture for over 30 years. Find many resources, including training opportunities, theater performances, recordings, films, and live broadcasts. Contact: 91 Madison Ave., Whitesburg, KY 41858, 606/633-0108,

Kentucky Folklife Program documents and presents Kentucky’s cultural resources and is now at Western Kentucky University. Contact Brent Bjorkman, 270/745-4133,

WKU Folk Studies Program at Western Kentucky University in Bowling Green offers courses for undergraduates and an M.A. for those interested in academic or public sector work. Education students may also take folklore courses. Contact: Ivan Wilson Center for Fine Arts, 1906 College Heights Blvd., Room 237, Bowling Green, KY 42101, 270/745-6549.


John and Alan Lomax in Louisiana, 1934 is a digital resource for the study of the 1934  trip to lower Louisiana, where the Lomaxes recorded a diverse array of songs in English and in Louisiana French. The site includes an interactive map, lyrics, and the recordings.

Louisiana Folk Roots honors Cajun and Creole heritage through workshops, festivals, and music camps. Contact: 101 W. Vermilion St., Lafayette, LA 70501, 337/234-8360,

Louisiana Division of the Arts Folklife Program offers teacher and student resources, including information about Louisiana’s living traditions and the extensive award-winning online education guide Louisiana Voices. The Folklife Program archives are at Louisiana State University Library, Special Collections. Contact: Maida Owens, Louisiana Division of the Arts, P.O. Box 44247, Baton Rouge, LA 70804, 225/342-8180,

The Louisiana Folklife Center at Northwestern State University produces the Natchitoches/NSU Folk Festival and the Louisiana State Fiddle Championship and has an archival collection on Louisiana folklore.

New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival provides a great musical fieldtrip opportunity each spring. The Folklife Village features tradition bearers demonstrating their crafts and the exhibits in Grand Stands also focus on Louisiana folk traditions.

University of Louisiana at Lafayette offers an M.A. or PhD. in English or French with a concentration in folklore and is home to scholarship on Acadian culture. Education students may take folklore courses as content requirements. ULL is also home to the Center for Louisiana Studies, which houses online archives, essays, and other resources. Contact: Jennifer Guidry, Assistant Director, 337/482-1320,

Vermilionville Living History Museum and Folklife Center is open six days a week. The historic village offers hands-on opportunities to work with traditional artisans, and the folklife center hosts numerous cultural events weekly. Educational offerings include environmental bayou tours, online lesson plans, student fieldtrips, professional development for teachers, and a partnership with Local Learning. Contact: Adam Doucet, 300 Fisher Road, Lafayette, LA 70508, 337/233-4077,


Center for the Study of Southern Culture at the University of Mississippi offers courses, events, conferences, and print resources. Contact: Barnard Observatory, The University of Mississippi, P.O. Box 1848, University, MS 38677, 662/915-5993,

Crossroads of the Heart was produced by the Mississippi Arts Commission and provides audio recordings and photos of traditional art forms, a teacher’s guide, and overview of the state’s traditional culture.

Discovering Our Delta: A Learning Guide for Community Research offers online student and teacher guides that define folklore terms and provide useful fieldwork tools like interview forms downloadable from the Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage web site.

Mississippi Arts Commission has a folk arts program and the Whole Schools Project, which includes folk arts. Contact: Jennifer Jameson, 501 N. West St., Suite 1101-A, Jackson, MS 39201, 601/359-6034,

Mississippi Blues Trail Curriculum is an online arts-integrated guide to incorporate the study of the bluess across disciplines. It is a project of the Mississippi Arts Commission.

Mississippi Cultural Crossroads connects young people with community artists and elders through quilting and other traditional arts, theater, photography, and community documentation. Contact: 507 Market S., Port Gibson, MS 39150, 601/437-8905,

Mississippi Oral History Project at the University of Southern Mississippi offers an online teaching guide, interviews, and other resources. Contact: The University of Southern Mississippi, 118 College Drive, Hattiesburg, MS 39406, 601/266-1000.

Nile of the New World, a National Park Service site, features culture, history, geography, and environmental lessons on the Mississippi River.

Sacred Harp Singing is a University of Mississippi site giving an overview of the shape note tradition and linking to singing groups around the country.

North Carolina

Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University offers exhibits, courses, local school projects such as “Literacy through Photography,” and resources like the Handbook for Community Documentation. Contact: 1317 W. Pettigrew St., Durham, NC 27707, 919/660-3663,

Cherokee Heritage Trails project includes a Cherokee Artist Directory as well as information about sites related to Cherokee history and culture in the southeast.

Curatorial InSight provides interpretive and curatorial services to cultural organizations, specializing in community-based interpretive projects and exhibitions that integrate community voice through education and technical assistance. Contact Anna Fariello at

Documenting the American South shares lessons and resources from the UNC Wilson Library collections.

John C. Campbell Folk School provides training for adults, as well as educators, and offers concerts and programs throughout the year. Contact: David Brose, One Folk School Rd., Brasstown, NC 28902, 828/837-2775,

Museum of the Cherokee Indian web site allows visitors to hear the Cherokee language and provides traditional tales and lesson plans. The museum hosts school groups and provides education resources and summer institutes. Contact: Barbara Duncan, 828/497-3481, Contact: 589 Tsali Blvd., Cherokee NC 28719, 828/497-3481.

New Faces: Latinos in North Carolina offers a curriculum-based media project about Latino contributions to North Carolina. These classroom materials are useful models for educators from all states.

North Carolina Arts Council Folklife Program provides resources for educators. Contact: MSC # 4632, Dept. of Cultural Resources, Raleigh, NC 27699, Sally Peterson, 919/807-6507,

North Carolina Folklife Institute supports programs and projects that recognize, document, and present traditional culture in North Carolina.

North Carolina Folklore Society encourages the study and preservation of local folklife through its annual meeting, programs, awards, and publications.

Pauli Murray Project is a part of the Duke Human Rights Center and engages community members, students, and educators in dialogue, mapping of stories, documentation, and storytelling about Durham history and social justice. Contact: Barbara Lau, Director, 919/613-6167,

Southern Folklife Collection is a multimedia site with online music samples and photos from an important archive.

University of North Carolina Department of American Studies Folklore Program offers undergraduate minor or M.A. degree for those interested in academic and public sector work, as well as content courses for education students. Contact: Patricia Sawin, CB 3520, Greenlaw Hall, UNC, Chapel Hill, NC 27599, 919/ 962-4065,

South Carolina

Digital Traditions provides access to materials from the Folklife Resource Center at the McKissick Museum in Columbia. Teacher resources include online guides such as Jubilation: African American Celebrations in the Southeast and Mosaic 2007: Art in the Learning Landscape.

Gibbes Museum educational resources include online guides such as The Landscape of Slavery and Grass Roots: African Origins of an American Art.

Penn Center preserves and promotes Gullah culture and heritage of the Sea Islands. Exhibits, programs, workshops, an annual festival, and teacher institutes are among its resources. Contact: P.O. Box 126, St. Helena Island, SC 29920, 843/838-2432,

South Carolina Arts Commission Folk and Traditional Arts Program is being administered by the McKissick Museum. Contact Doug Peach, 803/777-7707,


Center for Appalachian Studies at East Tennessee State University is home of the Archives of Appalachia and offers graduate and undergraduate courses. ETSU’s School of Ed offers a Storytelling Program associated with the National Storytelling Association in Jonesborough.

Center for Popular Music is an extensive archive and research center for the study of American popular music at Middle Tennessee State University. Their site offers recordings and resources.

Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum in Nashville features education workshops, songwriting residencies, and online learning resources. Contact: 222 Fifth Ave. S., Nashville, TN 37203, 615/416-2001.

Tennessee Arts Commission Folklife Program provides resources for educators, including portraits of folk artists, the online Fisk Jubilee Singers guide, and book, traveling exhibit, and education guides. Contact: Bradley Hanson, 615/532-9795,