Attendees mingle and interact with local artists demonstrating their work at the 2019 Annual Meeting of the American Folklore Society in Baltimore. Photo by Meredith McGriff

View from above of many people gathered in a hotel lobby around posters and exhibit tables

The American Folklore Society manages a number of projects and programs that serve our mission to strengthen, support, and increase understanding of the field of folklore.

A woman stands leaning on a piece of electronic equipment.

Notable Folklorists of Color

An online exhibition profiling ancestors of color who have contributed to folklore scholarship through research and documentation by, about, and for the uplift of historically and persistently marginalized communities.

Learn more

NASAA logo, which has dark blue-purple lettering with gold triangles

Folk Arts Partnership Professional Development Institute

A partnership of the American Folklore Society, the National Assembly of State Arts Agencies, and the National Endowment for the Arts, the Folk Arts Partnership Professional Development Institute supports folk and traditional arts program managers at state arts agencies, regional arts organizations, and their partners by providing professional development, networking, technical assistance, mentorship, and planning consultation.

An open photo album and a scattering of loose black&white and sepia-toned photographs, mostly portraits and groups of people, that appear to be from the first half of the 20th century. No faces can be fully seen

National Folklore Archives Initiative

This AFS-coordinated effort documents and provides access to information about folklore archival collections held by folklore programs at a variety of institutions and organizations in the United States.

Learn more

We see over the shoulder of an interviewer and a videorecorder pointed at a man seated on a couch

Veterans Oral History Workshops

AFS partners with the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress and the Oral History Association in the Veterans History Project to provide experienced folklorists and oral historians to lead community-based workshops to teach the interviewing skills needed to document the stories of US war veterans.

Learn more

An open drawer in a wooden card catalog case shows the tops of cards

Open Folklore

A partnership of the American Folklore Society and the Indiana University Libraries, Open Folklore is a scholarly resource devoted to increasing the number and variety of open access resources, published and unpublished, that are available for the field of folklore studies and the communities with whom folklore scholars partner.

Learn more

A woman in an office wearing headphones attached to an audio recorder

Consultancy and Professional Development Program

Provides contracts for consultancies and professional development opportunities that create case studies in the folk and traditional arts field, or reports on a variety of best practices in work related to folk and traditional arts professions.

Learn more

A man sitting on a bench making a basket from cane splits..

China-US Folklore and Intangible Cultural Heritage Project

Since 2007, this project has united scholars from the folklore studies communities in China and the United States to share knowledge about work in the folk and traditional arts and the relationship between intangible cultural heritage practices and policies and the work of folklore studies.

Learn more

Spines of books about ballads, including Child's English and Scottish Popular Ballands

AFS Ethnographic Thesaurus

The AFS Ethnographic Thesaurus is a searchable online vocabulary that can be used to improve access to information about folklore, ethnomusicology, cultural anthropology, and related fields.

Learn more