About Local Learning

Local Learning began as the National Task Force for Folk Arts in Education during a 1993 national roundtable at the National Endowment for the Arts. Today, we serve a network of hundreds of people interested in engaging young people and citizens with their own traditional culture and with the local culture and folklore of their families, regions, and the larger world. We are folklorists, folk artists, and educators of many stripes. We work in public agencies, nonprofit organizations, schools, universities, museums, community centers, libraries, and out-of-school education settings.

Find out more about our programs, funders, and publications in our most recent Annual Reports.


Download our one-page brief on the key goals and work of Local Learning.

Local Learning is grateful for funding from the National Endowment for the Arts and the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of the Office of the Governor and the New York State Legislature; Organizations and Partners who bring Local Learning staff and consultants in for workshops, professional development, and support; Private Foundations, including the Govenar Family Fund of Communities Foundation of Texas; our New York Folklore and Education Network partner New York Folklore; and many Individual Donors who believe in the power of our mission to transform learning, build intercultural understanding, and create stronger communities.

Any views, findings, conclusions or recommendations expressed in this website do not necessarily represent those of the funders listed here.