October 22, 2014

North Carolina Folklife Institute

The North Carolina Folklife Institute was incorporated in October of 1974, and we are celebrating our 40th birthday the whole year from July 1, 2014 to June 30, 2015.

Our big birthday kick-off was a special sponsorship at this year’s Festival for the Eno,
July 4 & 5, honoring our shared roots and interest in celebrating culture.

Crowd scene from the 1974 North Carolina Folklife Festival at Duke University. Photographer unknown, but likely from Duke yearbook.

Crowd scene from the 1974 North Carolina Folklife Festival at Duke University. Photographer unknown, but likely from Duke yearbook.

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Learn more about our current photo exhibit North Carolina at Work.

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Are you a closet chowhound with a passion for our state’s culinary history? A connoisseur of little country cafes, old recipes, and backyard barbecues? Do you turn every road trip into a chance to learn more history, and also a chance to find a new local delicacy or a great new restaurant? If you answered “yes” to any of these, we’re looking for you. Our going rate is $25 per post!  Click here for more information and our NC Food blog guidelines.

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You can still join us in supporting our folklife traditions and the people’s arts!
Click here to be a part of our 2013-2014 annual appeal.

“Cheryl’s Memory Quilt,” by Shirley Freeman, is just one of the many traditional art forms documented in Bladen, Brunswick, and Columbus counties. (A print of this beautiful photo is our thank you for your donation of $100 or more!)

“Cheryl’s Memory Quilt,” by Shirley Freeman, is just one of the many traditional art
forms documented in Bladen, Brunswick, and Columbus counties. A print of this beautiful photo is our thank you for your donation of $100 or more!

Thanks to everyone who attended and participated in the the 2013 Statewide Summit and Folklife Festival!

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North Carolina is home to one of the nation’s oldest and most vibrant communities of traditional arts and folklore. At a time when the arts bring over $40 billion a year to our state, it is important that we all have a voice in the future of North Carolina’s creative economy. The North Carolina Folklife Institute, along with the North Carolina Folklore Society, brought together traditional artists, cultural organizations, academic programs, working folklorists, and art councils from across the state. In one and a half dynamic days of workshops and networking, we together envisioned a sustainable and economically viable path for traditional arts and culture.

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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. Check back often for news and regular updates.