Summer 2015 Institutes and Workshops

Click here to find summer training opportunities for educators, artists, and students in folk arts, folklife, and oral history.

2015 Call for Submissions

Click here for our Call for Submissions for "Youth in Community," Volume 2 of the Journal of Folklore and Education. This theme encompasses topics such as service learning, community activism, youth-driven community research, the influence of traditional culture on ways of knowing and learning, media and its impact on youth identity and culture, and youth voices and visions as catalysts in diverse settings. The theme considers “student-driven” pedagogy to be not only an adjective, but also an action verb that encompasses research methods, critical thinking, cultural expression, and production. Submit ideas for stories, features, lessons, and media and to suggest possible contributors before March 16, 2015. Initial drafts of submissions are due May 1, 2015.

AFS Recap

In "Stealing Ideas" Betty Belanus summarizes the rich education sessions at the 2014 American Folklore Society meeting Fe. Read about intersections of folklore and museum education, service learning, and Simon Lichman's stirring plenary,
“Prayer Carpets and Apricot Stones: How Folklore Is Used in ‘Coexistence’ Education between Israeli and Palestinian Communities and Its Potential Application to Other Multi-Cultural Settings and Conflict Situations.”

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Folk Arts Integration Handbook

Click HERE to download the PDF of our 24-page handbook outlining how to incorporate folk arts and artists into arts integration projects.

Welcome to Local Learning

We prepare young people, their teachers, and their families to discover, research, and draw on traditional culture and local knowledge to enrich education and create stronger communities. Local Learning advocates for the full inclusion of folk and traditional arts and artists in the nation's education.

New Resources from Local Learning



DressModule.pngExplore visually enticing ways to think about history, identity, art, and culture in three online learning modules by distinguished museum educators in our new Discovery Studio. We would love to hear from users about these resources so we included links to a short survey. Find more activities and context on this theme in the Journal of Folklore and Education (see below).


Journal of Folklore and Education publication: Dress to Express

Download Volume 1 of the Journal of Folklore and Education here and share with colleagues!





Local Learning Seasonal Round Lesson  


SeasonalRound1.JPGUniversal yet unique to each community, family, and individual, folk arts and folklore provide inherently interdisciplinary opportunities to investigate local learning in deeply meaningful ways that connect generations, regions of the nation and the world, and diverse ways of knowing. Use the Seasonal Round as an introduction to folk arts and folklore for any age group.


Through the Schoolhouse Door: Folklore, Community, Curriculum

Paddy Bowman and Lynne Hamer, eds., 2011, order from Utah State University Press.

SchoolhouseCover-400.jpgWinner of the 2012 Dorothy Howard Prize, this collection offers experiences from exemplary school programs and analysis of an expert group of folklorists and educators dedicated not only to getting students out the door and into their communities to learn about the folk culture all around them but also to honoring the culture teachers and students bring in to the classroom. Digital edition now available.