Community Folk Culture


The Community Folk Culture program is entering the third year of collaboration with the Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage, providing New York City-based field research for “The Will to Adorn” project, which explores the significance of adornment and the dress arts in the African-American community. The Folk Culture program also continues to collaborate with Community Works, a National Endowment for the Arts consortium partner, to present and disseminate its research.

Folk Culture is the study of the art, rituals and traditions that permeate our everyday lives. Whether it’s about style, food, music, stories, hobbies or beliefs, interns in the Dr. Beverly J. Robinson Community Folk Culture Program celebrate our heritage – learning from our past and present in order to understand our similarities and appreciate our differences.

In this program, student interns ages 14-21 learn how to interview, videotape, and present folk artists from the community, participate in online video conferencing coordinated by the Smithsonian, create blogs, photos, videos/DVD's, and create a portfolio of their work.

Registration for community folk culture classes

Recruitment for interns ages 14-20 begins in May of each year. Students must submit a completed application and are then invited for an interview. Selected applicants attend an intensive summer workshop program during July and early August. Workshops continue throughout the school year.