The Virginia Folklife Program works to document, sustain, present, and support cultural traditions across the Commonwealth.

Whether sung or told, hand-crafted or performed, Virginia’s folklife refers to those “arts of everyday life” that reflect a sense of traditional knowledge and connection to community. Virginia’s folkways include creative expressions rooted in the Commonwealth for centuries, as well traditions brought here more recently.

The Virginia Folklife Program was established in 1989 as part of Virginia Humanities, the state humanities council, with ongoing funding support from the Virginia Commission for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts. The Virginia Folklore Society, one of the oldest state folklore societies in the country, was instrumental in the establishment of the Virginia Folklife Program.

What We Do

Our work is focused in five areas: Apprenticeships, Education & Outreach, Performances & Public Presentations, Documentation & Fieldwork, and Cultural Exchange.

Our Team

Katy Clune

Director, Virginia Folklife Program
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Pat Jarrett

Media Specialist


The Virginia Folklife Program is the state center for the documentation, presentation, support, and celebration of Virginia’s rich cultural traditions. We invite you to invest in our state by sponsoring our programming. As a sponsor of the Virginia Folklife Program, you are investing in the people of the state who practice the “arts of everyday life.”