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

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

Halle Butvin elected to Local Learning Board of Directors

Halle Butvin elected to Local Learning Board of Directors

The Local Learning Board of Directors is pleased to announce that Halle Butvin was elected to the Board at the Fourth Quarter meeting, held December 14th for her first, three-year term. Halle Butvin is director of special projects at the Smithsonian Center for...

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Local Learning receives multi-year funding from NYSCA

Local Learning receives multi-year funding from NYSCA

We are announcing today a multi-year grant award totaling $148,500 ($49,500/year) from the New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA) to support the recovery of the nonprofit arts and culture sector. Following New York State’s $105 million investment in the arts for...

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Taylor Dooley Burden is new JFE Reviews Editor

Taylor Dooley Burden is new JFE Reviews Editor

Taylor Dooley Burden is the new Journal of Folklore and Education Reviews Editor. If you have a text, website, film, or resource that you would like to be considered for review in the Journal of Folklore and Education you may reach her at...

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