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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

marimba.jpgModeled, in part, after the Folklife Program's past Folklife Institutes, the Folk Forums are day-long programs that will present local tradition bearers and teach community members to identify and utilize traditional cultural resources in their own regions. Participants will be recruited from local cultural, historical, and educational organizations; interested individuals are also invited to participate. The Folklife Program will hold 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 will include 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.

More Information

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