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flamenco.jpgThe Statewide Outreach Initiative broadens the impact of folklife programs by reaching diverse audiences around the state through a variety of formats: 

Florida Folk Forums

2015 Folk Forum: St. Augustine


Ellen Master serving Minorcan clam chowder at the 2015 St. Ambrose Spring 

The St. Augustine Lighthouse and Museum invites the public to a free folklife festival sponsored by the Florida Department of State’s Florida Folklife Program on Saturday, September 5, 2015, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Come celebrate the diverse cultures and living traditions of St. Augustine through interactive presentations and demonstrations by talented local artists. Activities include boatbuilding, Minorcan castnet and palmetto hat making demonstrations, Minorcan and Cuban foodways, a discussion of Greek boatbuilding and shrimping traditions, presentations by Florida State Folklorist Amanda Hardeman, and a lively performance of traditional and contemporary latin music and dance by talented multi-instrumentalist Goliath Flores and master Flamenco dancer Joel Mejias. Read more about this family event in this article from the St. Augustine Record.

About the Folk Forums

Modeled, in part, after the Folklife Program's past Folklife Institutes, the Folk Forums are day-long programs that presents local tradition bearers and teaches community members to identify and utilize traditional cultural resources in their own regions. Participants are recruited from local cultural, historical, and educational organizations; interested individuals are also invited to participate. The Folklife Program holds Folk Forum sessions at libraries, museums, state parks, and related institutions throughout the state. Sessions are intended to teach community members to recognize and locate traditional cultural resources and contacts in their own communities, so that they can document, preserve, and present their local cultural heritage through programming at community venues. Each Folk Forum includes presentations by local tradition bearers, cultural specialists, and folklorists.

Folk Artist Residency Program

The Florida Folklife Program hosts annual Folk Artist Residencies in Tallahassee featuring Florida's outstanding traditional musicians and dancers. Residencies consist of free public performances, school presentations, and graduate student workshops designed to bring folk and traditional arts into the classroom and to a broader audience. Funded in part by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Folk Artist Residency Program began in 2012 in partnership with the Center for Music of the Americas at Florida State University and featured master Afro-Cuban batá drummer Ezequel Torres. The following year, the Florida Folklife Program partnered with Florida A&M University's Office of Black Diasporan Culture on a three-day artist residency featuring Florida Folk Heritage Award Winner Neri Torres. In 2014, the Folk Artist Residency Program partnered with the Center for Music of the Americas at Florida State University to welcome 2005 Florida Folk Heritage Award Winner Michael Kernahan.

More Information

For more information, contact Amanda Hardeman at or 800.847.PAST