Since its inception in 1977, the Folklife Section has worked closely with faculty and students in the Program to research, preserve, and promote the folklife of the state. The Folklife Section provides grants for folklife documentation and projects; offers internships for graduate students; sponsors the North Carolina Folk Heritage Awards; and undertakes a variety of special projects across the state. Recent activities include the North Carolina Coastal Folklife Survey and the Blue Ridge Music Trail, both of which were carried out by graduate students in the Program.
“Since 1974 the North Carolina Folklife Institute has supported programs and projects that recognize, document, and present traditional culture in North Carolina. We invite you to make our website a resource for information about North Carolina’s most authentic folk cultures and traditional arts and artists.” -text reproduced from ncfolk.org
North Carolina Folklore Society
Through its annual meeting, programs, awards, and publications, the North Carolina Folklore Society encourages the study and preservation of local folklife and provides a state folklife information center and resources center. The Society also publishes a resource listing and calendar, both in its newsletter and as part of this website. Membership is open to the public.
Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University
The Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University teaches, engages in, and presents documentary work grounded in collaborative partnerships and extended fieldwork that uses photography, film/video, audio, and narrative writing to capture and convey contemporary memory, life, and culture. CDS values documentary work that balances community goals with individual artistic expression. CDS promotes documentary work that cultivates progressive change by amplifying voices, advancing human dignity, engendering respect among individuals, breaking down barriers to understanding, and illuminating social injustices. CDS conducts its work for local, regional, national, and international audiences.
The North Carolina Museum of History, Raleigh
“The Division of State History Museums collects and preserves artifacts and other historical materials relating to the history and heritage of North Carolina in a local, regional, national, and international context to assist people in understanding how the past influences the present. The Division interprets the state’s history through exhibitions, educational programs, and publications available to the visitor on-site or through distance-learning technologies.” -text reproduced from ncmuseumofhistory.org
The North Carolina Pottery Center, Seagrove
The first state pottery center in the nation, the Center opened on November 7, 1998 in the village of Seagrove, home to 90 family-run pottery shops. Its mission is to promote awareness of pottery making in North Carolina through exhibitions and educational programs, collection and preservation, research and documentation, and other public services. This institution will offer many opportunities for public folklore programming and heritage tourism over the coming years.
The North Carolina African American Cultural Tour (AACT) “represents the collaborative efforts of fourteen African American non-profit organizations that have come together to provide you with all the information you need to explore the rich, African American cultural heritage of North Carolina.” -text reproduced from ncculturetour.org
The Hayti Heritage Center is home to St. Joseph’s Historic Foundation. The SJHF, “founded in 1975 is an African American cultural and educational institution deeply rooted in the historic Hayti community of Durham, North Carolina. St. Joseph’s Historic Foundation is dedicated to advancing cultural understanding through diverse programs that examine the experiences of Americans of African descent — locally, nationally and globally. The Foundation is committed to preserving, restoring and developing the Hayti Heritage Center, the former St. Joseph’s AME Church, a National Historic Landmark, as a cultural and economic anchor to the greater Durham community.“-text reproduced from hayti.org
Davenport Films, Delaplane, VA
For over a quarter of a century, the Program has maintained an informal relationship with filmmaker Tom Davenport. Under the leadership of Tom and Dan Patterson, faculty and students have contributed to a series of award-winning documentary films, including “The Shakers” (1972), “Born for Hard Luck” (1976), “Being a Joines: A Life in the Brushy Mountains” (1980), “A Singing Stream: A Black Family Chronicle” (1986), and most recently, “The Ballad of Frankie Silver.” These and many other classic documentary films on folklife are available to be streamed live at Folkstreams.
“The Harvey B. Gantt Center for African- American Arts + Culture (formerly the Afro- American Cultural Center) has celebrated the contributions of Africans and African- Americans to American culture for 35 years and serves as a community epicenter for music, dance, theater, visual art, film, arts education programs, literature and community outreach.” The Gantt Center “exists to present, preserve and promote African American art, culture and history for the education and enlightenment of all.” -text reproduced from ganttcenter.org
Museum of Early Southern Decorative Arts, Winston-Salem
Located on the southern edge of Old Salem, MESDA is the only museum dedicated to exhibiting and researching the regional decorative arts of the early South. With more than twenty period rooms, six galleries, splendid research facilities, internships, a variety of publications, and a Summer Institute for graduate students, MESDA offers numerous opportunities for students of material culture.
“The International Civil Rights Center & Museum is an archival center, collecting museum and teaching facility devoted to the international struggle for civil and human rights. The Museum celebrates the nonviolent protests of the 1960 Greensboro sit-ins that served as a catalyst in the civil rights movement.” -text reproduced from sitinmovement.org
“The American Folklore Society, founded in 1888, is an association of people who study and communicate knowledge about folklore throughout the world.” -text reproduced from afsnet.org.