NC Folk promotes 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. We’re steadily growing and evolving with the dynamic cultures and people in this great state, and so we welcome you to join us and help support the People’s Arts! Our work is most easily broken down into these categories, and we are available for hire!
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:
- Documenting and interpreting Lexington, North Carolina’s earliest indoor barbecue pits
- Curating North Carolina folklife programming at the 76th annual National Folk Festival
- Cultural mapping projects in Cumberland, Hoke, Robeson, Scotland, and Harnett Counties
- Creating Inside NC, our first podcast series
- Publishing online the first edition of the Handbook for North Carolina Folk and Traditional Artists
And some of the newest projects we’ve got in the works are:
- Archiving and interpreting hundreds of historical Appalachian recordings, photographs and films
- Collaborating with the American Indian Center at UNC-Chapel Hill and Resourceful Communities to develop new resources for community documentarians
- Planning a large fieldwork initiative to document the living and historical folk traditions of the Roanoke-Albemarle region of North Carolina
- Improving access to the valuable reports NC Folk has created over the years, covering many aspects of our state’s varied folklife.