The American Folklore Society (AFS) serves the field of folklore studies, comprised of people and institutions that study and communicate knowledge about folklore throughout the world. Members of three groups made common cause by creating the AFS in Cambridge, Massachusetts, in 1888: scholars in then-developing humanities departments at colleges and universities, museum anthropologists, and private citizens with an interest in the subject. Today, the Society produces publications, meetings, and both print and web resources to support our members’ work to study, understand, and communicate about folklore, and to help them build professional and social networks inside and outside our field.
Folk Art PA is a program of the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts that sustains folk and traditional arts across the commonwealth through services-to-the-field, a statewide Folk and Traditional Arts Apprenticeship program, and the Folk Arts Infrastructure partnership, a system of seven independent regional organizations working together to support Pennsylvania folk arts.
The Middle Atlantic Folklife Association (MAFA) is a professional association supporting folklorists and others concerned with traditional folk culture in the mid-Atlantic region. It serves Virginia, Delaware, District of Columbia, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia.
The Susquehanna Folk Music Society, based in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, is a nonprofit education and arts organization dedicated to the advancement, promotion and preservation of traditional, contemporary and international folk music and folk culture.
Established in 1987, the PFP is an independent public folklife agency that documents, supports, and presents Philadelphia-area folk arts and culture – including the arts of people who have been here generations and those who have just arrived. The PFP works to preserve and strengthen the folk cultural life of our communities through enhancing the persistence, diversity and vitality of our vernacular folk cultures.
An organization promoting traditional music, dance, and storytelling in Northeastern Pennsylvania