January 16, 2017

About Us

For over 40 years, NC Folk has promoted the preservation, appreciation and understanding of the folklife heritage and culture in North Carolina. We’ve done this through documentation projects, festival production, community education programming, research, print and audio publication, and cultivating a vast network of community and folk arts organizations in North Carolina. Join us and help support the People’s Arts! Please help us continue our work!


NC Folk works with North Carolina’s finest researchers, producers, documentarians, scholars, photographers and artists to promote and support North Carolina’s greatest natural resource: it’s people.  In our four decades of programming we’ve:

  • Produced North Carolina’s first statewide folklife festival
  • Provided research and photography for North Carolina’s leading publications
  • Documented and recorded hundreds of North Carolina tradition bearers
  • Helped produce compilations of North Carolina folk musicians
  • Empowered North Carolinians through community documentation

Some of NC Folk’s recent projects include:

  • Sponsoring the 35th Annual North Carolina Folklife Festival
  • Documenting and interpreting Lexington, North Carolina’s earliest indoor barbecue pits
  • Curating the 76th annual National Folk Festival
  • Cultural mapping projects in Cumberland, Hoke, Robeson, Scotland, Harnett Counties
  • Creating Inside NC, our first podcast series
  • The first edition of the Handbook for North Carolina Folk and Traditional Artists

And some of our newest projects we’ve got in the works are:

  • Archiving and interpreting hundreds of historical Appalachian recordings, photographs and films
  • Creating Community Scrapbooks in Robeson County and Avery County
  • Access to the libraries of reports NC Folk has completed over the years

NC Folk could not complete this and other amazing work without the support of the following organizations, and we thank them for their investment in our mission and goals throughout the state. Recent programming has been funded by the National Endowment for the Arts and the Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation. NC Folk is a statewide service organization for traditional arts. This is supported by the N.C. Arts Council, a division of the Department of Cultural Resources.

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