About the West Virginia Folklife Program

The West Virginia Folklife Program, a project of the West Virginia Humanities Council, works to document, sustain, present, and support West Virginia’s vibrant cultural heritage and living traditions. West Virginia Folklife is supported in part by the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Folk & Traditional Arts Program. The West Virginia Folklife Program employs the West Virginia state folklorist to carry out this work.

Often defined as the “art of everyday life,” folklife refers to art and culture that is based in and reflective of traditional knowledge and connection to community.

West Virginia Folklife projects include:

• Documentation of traditional artists, tradition bearers, and cultural communities for the West Virginia Folklife Program Collection, housed at WVU Libraries

The West Virginia Folklife Apprenticeship Program, offering a stipend to West Virginia master traditional artists/practitioners working with newer practitioners to facilitate the transmission of their respective forms and traditions

The Legends & Lore Roadside Marker Program, a partnership with The William G. Pomeroy Foundation, commemorating folklore and cultural heritage across the Mountain State

• Public interest meetings, classes, concerts, and oral history workshops in communities across the state

• Toll-free West Virginia Folklife Hotline 844-618-3747 where the public can share tips on community traditions

• Publication and media about our work, including a regular column in Goldenseal magazine and a partnership with West Virginia Public Broadcasting

Visit wvfolklife.org or contact state folklorist Emily Hilliard at 304-346-8500 or hilliard@wvhumanities.org for further information.

About the West Virginia Humanities Council

The West Virginia Humanities Council, an independent nonpartisan nonprofit institution, is the state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities. With the support of the NEH, the State of West Virginia, and contributions from the private sector, the Council’s mission is to support a vigorous program in the humanities statewide in West Virginia. Learn more at wvhumanities.org or by calling 304-346-8500.