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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, 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.

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

We're accepting applications for Summer 2023. Click here to apply today! Deadline is May 15th. We'll review applications on a rolling basis, but priority will be given to applicants who apply by May 15th. 


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.