West

Alaska

Alaska Native Curriculum and Teacher Development Project involves educators across the state to develop and publish online curriculum and resources related to indigenous culture.

Alaska Native Heritage Center is a cultural center and museum that celebrates, perpetuates, and shares Alaska Native cultures. Find Alaska FAQs for students and other education resources. Contact: 8800 Heritage Center Dr., Anchorage, AK 99504, 907/330-8000, info@alaskanative.net.

Alaska Native Knowledge Network offers a wealth of resources on Alaska Native knowledge systems and ways of knowing, including the Culturally Responsive Education Standards.

Alaska State Council on the Arts has a Native Arts Program. Contact: 411 W. 4th Ave., Suite 1E, Anchorage, AK 99501, 907/269-6610.

 

Arizona

Arizona Humanities Council supports oral history programs and circulates Museum on Main Street. Contact: Ellis-Shackelford House, 1242 N. Central Ave., Phoenix, AZ 85004, 602/257-0335.

Arizona State Museum offers fieldtrip opportunities for teachers and students, as well as online exhibits and resources, including podcasts. Contact: Lisa Falk, 1013 E. University Blvd., Tucson, AZ 85721, 520/621-6302,falk@email.arizona.edu.

La Cadena Que No Se Corta /The Unbroken Chain: Traditional Arts of Tucson’s Mexican-American Community and Southern Arizona Folk Arts are online exhibits curated by the University of Arizona Library.

Tucson Meet Yourself is an annual festival of living traditional arts of Southern Arizona, the second weekend in October. Contact:info@tucsonmeetyourself.org.

California

Aesop’s Fables includes text and audio renditions of over 600 fables and allows visitors to interact by ask questions and contribute parables.

Alliance for California Traditional Arts networks and coordinates statewide information about folk and traditional artists, arts administrators, and researchers. Contact: 1245 Van Ness, Fresno, CA 93721, 559/237-9812, info@actaonline.org.

Angel Island Immigration Station in San Francisco Bay offers student tours. The web site shares poetry carved by Chinese detainees on walls of the immigration station.

SPACES – Saving and Preserving Arts and Cultural Environments was inspired by the community activists and artists who joined together in 1959 to save Sabato Rodia’s Towers in the Watts section of Los Angeles from destruction. SPACES’s mission is to: IDENTIFY large-scale art environments and other publicly-accessible self-taught art and artwork, DOCUMENT these works through a wide range of visual and audio records, COLLECT publications, clippings, artist files, and ancillary information about these works, and ADVOCATE for their preservation. Contact: Jo Farb Hernández, Director, jfh@cruzio.com; 9053 Soquel Drive, Suite 205, Aptos, CA 95003; 831/662 2907, info@spacesarchives.org

University of California at Berkeley Folklore Program offers an MA in Folklore. Contact: the Masters Program in Folklore, Department of Anthropology, 232 Kroeber Hall, #3710, University of California, Berkeley, CA 94720-3710, 510/642-3406.

University of California at Los Angeles Department of World Art and Cultures  offers an MA or PhD in this interdepartmental program.

Colorado

Colorado Creative Industries Cultural Heritage Program features the online statewide Ties That Bind folk arts education guide.

Hawaii

State Foundation on Culture and the Arts has no folk arts coordinator. Contact: 250 South Hotel St., 2nd Fl., Honolulu, HI 96813, 808/586-0300.

Idaho

Basque Museum and Cultural Center offers Basque language and dance classes as well as a digital curriculum guide. Contact: Annie Gavica, 611 Grove St., Boise, ID 83702, 208/343-2671, AnnieG@basquemuseum.com.

Idaho Arts Commission Folk Arts Program features an online regional folk artist guide and other resources. Contact: Steven Hatcher, 2410 N. Old Penitentiary Rd., Boise, ID 83712, 208/334-2119, Steven.hatcher@arts.idaho.gov.

The National Oldtime Fiddlers Contest & Festival in Weiser established in 1953 hosts a two week contest as well as other programs including educational residencies.  Contact: Sandy Cooper, and the website is www.fiddlecontest.org.

The Trailing of the Sheep Festival in Ketchum celebrates the culture of the sheepherders in the south-central part of Idaho and the greater Great Basin where sheep have ranged since the mid-1800s. The festival culminates with the sheep being trailed from their summer pastures in the mountains right down Main Street on their way to winter ground. The festival includes many educational features during this week-long event filled with presentations, lectures, entertainment, food, and crafts. Contact: Laura Musbach Drake, Director. www.trailingofthesheep.org

Montana

Montana Arts Council Folk Arts Program can identify artists for school programs. Contact: Cindy Kitteridge, P.O. Box 202201, Helena, MT 59620, 406/468-4078, mtcreativearts@gmail.com.

Montana Heritage Project hosts a web site offering archived articles, photos, and teacher and student writing.

Nevada

Nevada Arts Council Folklife Program provides technical assistance and resources for educators, including an online folk artist roster and the Folk Arts Education Guide. Contact: Pat Atkinson, 716 N. Carson St., Suite A, Carson City, NV 89701, 775/687-7103, patkinson@nevadaculture.org.

Western Folklife Center documents, preserves, and presents traditional culture of the West. In addition to radio programs, recordings, and exhibits, the Center produces the annual National Cowboy Poetry Gathering each January. Contact: 501 Railroad St., Elko, NV 89801, 775/738-7508, wfc@westernfolklife.org.

New Mexico

New Mexico Arts Folk Arts Program supports documentation, apprenticeships, and workshops related to local and folk art traditions. Contact: Lilli Tichinin, Bataan Memorial Building, 407 Galisteo St., Suite 270, Santa Fe, NM 87501, 505/476-0518, Lilli.Tichinin@state.nm.us.

Museum of International Folk Art online exhibits and teaching guides span from Tibetan culture to making art with recycled materials. Contact: Thomas Richardson, Museum Hill, 706 Camino Lejo, Santa Fe, NM 87505, 505/ 476-1200.

 

Oregon

MediaRites promotes understanding through education between diverse communities using radio, theater, and inter-disciplinary projects. Contact: 104 S.E. 57th Ave., Portland, OR 97215, 503/233-2919, MediaR@aol.com.

The Oregon Folklife Network (OFN) is the state Folk and Traditional Arts Program. OFN documents, preserves, and presents the diverse folklife and cultural heritage of the state. Headquartered at the University of Oregon, OFN serves as a hub for statewide folklife activities in partnership with the Oregon Arts Commission, Oregon Cultural Trust, Oregon Historical Society, Oregon State Library, and Oregon Heritage Commission, along with community partners, including Oregon Tribes, community-based cultural organizations, museums, regional cultural alliances, local arts agencies, K12 schools, universities and colleges, and public libraries. Contact: Oregon Folklife Network, 242 Knight Library, 6204 University of Oregon, Eugene, OR 97403-6204, 541/346-3820, ofn@uoregon.edu.

University of Oregon Folklore Program is one of a few major centers of folkloristic research in the United States. With more than thirty participating faculty, our program offers a Folklore BA or BS, a Folklore minor, and two options (public and general) for the Folklore MA. Contact: Folklore Program, Beth Magee, Program Secretary (541) 346-1505, emagee@uoregon.edu, 1287 University of Oregon, Eugene, Oregon 97403, (541) 346-3911.

Randall V. Mills Archives of Northwest Folklore is a repository of fieldwork collections and research materials on folklife in Oregon, the Pacific Northwest, and beyond. Collections include books and periodicals; student and faculty research papers and fieldwork projects; fieldwork photographs and sound recordings; and documentary videos. As part of UO Folklore Program, the Archives supports students in the study of folklore and it provides training opportunities in the management of cultural collections. The Archives also makes collections available to the public for study and appreciation. Guides to collections are published in Archives West. Selected items in collections are available online in the Northwest Folklife Digital Collection. Contact: Archivist, Nathan Georgitis, nathang@uoregon.edu, (541) 346-1852Room 453, PLC Hall, 1287 University of Oregon, Eugene, OR 97403, (541) 346-3925.

Utah

Utah Arts Council no longer has a folk arts program. The arts education program continues to support traditional artists. Contact: Jean Irwin, 617 E. South Temple, Salt Lake City, UT 84102, 801/236-7556, jirwin@utah.gov.

Utah State University Folklore Program offers a BA or MA in folklore. The Fife Folklore Archive is among the largest in the country. See the online Folklife and Folk Art Education Resource Guide.

Washington

Northwest Folklife produces a major annual festival in Seattle every Memorial Day weekend and offers educational resources and workshops. Contact: 305 Harrison St., Seattle, WA 98109, 206/684-7300, education@nwfolklife.org.

Northwest Heritage Resources documents cultural traditions of the Pacific Northwest. Education resources include an online social studies guide tied to state middle school standards, King County and Western Washington Cultural Geography, Communities, Their History and Traditions. Contact: Jill Linzee, 206/306-1181, info@NorthwestHeritageResources.org.

The Telling Takes Us Home offers online family story radio programs produced by Joe McHugh and Raven Radio Theater.

Wyoming

University of Wyoming American Studies Program has a folklife specialist. Contact: Andrea Graham, Dept. 4036, 1000 E. University Ave., Laramie WY 82071, 307/766-3860,agraha12@uwyo.edu.

Wyoming Arts Council Folk Arts Program identifies resources for educators. Contact: Annie Hatch, 2301 Central Ave, 2nd Floor, Cheyenne, WY 82002, anne.hatch@wyo.gov, 307/777-7721.