Local Learning:
The National Network for Folk Arts In Education

Connecting folklorists, artists, and educators since 1993

The Journal Has Moved!

We’ve made some changes, and we think you’re going to like them. Our Journal of Folklore and Education now has its own website. Same great content, brand-new URL.

The Value of Folk Arts and Folklore

Folklore includes the traditions, arts, and stories that make cultural communities unique and socially strong. The tools of folklore — such as observation, identifying important traditions and rituals, and deep listening to diverse narratives — create opportunities for students to think critically, gather and analyze evidence, learn key social-emotional skills, and express their ideas and interpretations through personal creativity.

We Are Folklore Educators. Invite Us To Work With You.

For more than two decades, Local Learning’s team of folklore and folklife educators have been helping teachers and artists to develop enriching curricula for students of all ages. Find out how we can help you bring folk arts to life!

For Teachers

Our teacher training institutes and
workshops are great opportunities for
school districts and state agencies
looking to bring a cultural lens to
classroom learning.

For Artists

Your cultural knowledge matters. Our
artist training will amplify your voice and center the skills you most want to
share with learners of all ages.

Live in New York?

Our New York workshops are our test
kitchens for mixing up great recipes for
engagement and culturally affirming
practices.

Featured Resources

Activities. Research. Case Studies. Interview Guides. Find this and more in our resources.

Learning Activities and Lesson Plans

Craft custom searches and access
teacher tested activities to use in your
learning space.

Research and Reading

Find classic folklife education texts and
cutting-edge research and case studies
in our library.

Teaching Inquiry

HOW to do an interview, WHY to use
interviews as a part of one’s
curriculum, and WHAT can be done
with completed interviews.

Network News

Culture, Community, and the Classroom Showcases Announced

Culture, Community, and the Classroom Showcases  A New York Folklore and Education Network Event Information coming soon for both Corning and Poughkeepsie! You are invited to a special event to experience important local artforms and to  learn what happened when...

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Conversations on Cultural Stewardship

Conversations on Cultural Stewardship

Join us for a series of conversations about how to identify, protect, and enhance our important traditions, ways of life, cherished places, and vital relationships to each other and the wider world. Culture creates and strengthens communities. Understanding the...

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What is Teaching?

What is Teaching?

What is Teaching? Countering Narratives to the American Story Oklahoma Educators are invited to a workshop with thought leaders in Education, Museums, Culture, and Archives from around the nation focused on the role of primary sources in teaching and learning the...

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Local Learning: Bringing a cultural lens to complex subjects since 1993