Kentucky Folklife Program

Folklorists, Community Scholars, oral historians, folk artists, tradition bearers and other folklife enthusiasts are invited to the Kentucky Folklife Network Gathering at the African American Museum in Bowling Green on May 15. Participants from all over western Kentucky will come together to develop plans for a Kentucky Folklife Network & Digital Magazine, coordinated by the Kentucky Folklife Program with support from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Kentucky Arts Council and Western Kentucky University Department of Folk Studies and Anthropology.

The Kentucky Folklife Network & Digital Magazine is a new initiative of the Kentucky Folklife Program. The project aims to connect folklorists, Community Scholars, cultural workers, and folk arts-related organizations across the state as a way to share work and provide opportunities for professional development, and to generate connections, avenues of support, and potential partnerships. The work of the Kentucky Folklife Network will be showcased in a digital magazine hosted by the Kentucky Folklife Program that will welcome contributions from network members, folklorists, students, Community Scholars, and community partners throughout Kentucky.

The Folklife Network Gathering will take place Wednesday, May 15, from 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the African American Museum, 1783 Chestnut St., Bowling Green. Attendees will hear about recent projects by Kentucky folklorists and Community Scholars, along with plans for the Kentucky Folklife Network & Digital Magazine. Then, attendees will have the chance to share ideas and add to the discussion of what they want to see when the project launches in 2020. Dinner will be provided during the event, and attendees will have a chance to tour the museum.

All participants will be encouraged to stay in touch after the Gathering to share follow-up thoughts about the emerging Kentucky Folklife Network & Digital Magazine.

To register for the gathering, visit the Kentucky Folklife Program’s website at

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