Public Folklore Programs and University Museums

Partnerships in Education

By Lisa L. Higgins, Special Section Editor


A cadre of professional folklorists came together to provide insight into their unique programs and roles directing state folk arts and folklife programs within or in partnership with university-based museums.

Partnerships explored in this article include:

Traditional Arts Indiana at Indiana University’s Mathers Museum
by Jon Kay

The Kentucky Folklife Program and the Kentucky Museum at Western Kentucky University
by Brent Björkman and Virginia Siegel

Michigan Traditional Arts Program at Michigan State University Museum and the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs
by Marsha MacDowell and C. Kurt Dewhurst

Missouri Folk Arts Program at the University of Missouri’s Museum of Art and Archaeology in Partnership with the Missouri Arts Council
by Lisa L. Higgins
Learning Application: Show Me Traditions: A Family Folklore Lesson Plan

University of South Carolina’s McKissick Museum, the Folklife Resource Center, and the South Carolina Arts Commission—A Partnership
by Saddler Taylor