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Dr. Beverly J. Robinson Community Folk Culture Program


Folk Culture

"Experiencing a new culture is like entering a whole new world of sights, sounds, smells, and textures."

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, video record, and present folk artists from the community, participate in online video conferencing coordinated by the Smithsonian, create blogs, photos, videos, and create a portfolio of their work.

There is no cost for students to join The Folk Culture Program. $500 stipends for new participants.

Applications for this program are available in early Spring. Fall applicants must have taken the summer session in order to be considered for the fall program. 

Registration for Community Folk Culture Classes

Recruitment for interns ages 14-21 begins in April 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.