Our collaboration with Revels offers an insider’s view of the kind of situations in which traditional music is shared within families and close-knit communities.
We're investing $100,000 this year to preserve and continue vital ethnic and cultural art forms in a range of media.
Visit the Commonwealth Folk Arts & Heritage Digital Archive
A look back at our visit to Cote's Market, a historic, ethnic grocery shop in Lowell.
Reflecting on the outstanding craft artists we’ve brought to the Lowell Folk Festival over the years.
As we approach the summer solstice, a look back at a field trip to interview Jonas Stundzia of Lawrence, a second generation Lithuanian-American with extensive knowledge of Lithuanian food, culture, weaving, rituals, religion, and craft.
Last month, the National Endowment for the Arts honored their 2019 National Heritage Fellows, including traditional artist Balla Kouyaté of Medford, MA.
A glimpse into a few of the folk arts traditions relating to the hunting, capturing, and celebration of fish and fowl that we presented as part of the 2019 Lowell Folk Festival.
From toy drums to today’s premiere steam-bent drums made from locally sourced hardwoods, a family owned company in the Berkshires has stayed in business using good old Yankee ingenuity for 165 years! I credit Tim Lloyd, former executive director of the American Folklore Society, for introducing me to Noble & Cooley Drum Manufacturing Company.
The nation’s leading scholars and advocates for folk and traditional arts have awarded Dr. Maggie Holtzberg of Newton their highest national honor for lifetime achievement in public folklore. Dr. Holtzberg was awarded the Benjamin A. Botkin Prize by the American Folklore Society (AFS) at its annual meeting last month in Buffalo, NY.
An Apprenticeship in Ship Wheel Making
The process of making custom tallises reveals the power they hold as personal and ritual objects for religious Jews.
The world lost remarkable artist Ksenia Pokrovsky, but her technique and artistry lives on in those she mentored.
A day visiting the filming of 'In the Tradition', a studio show he writes and hosts at Arlington Community Media, Inc.
Videos from our concert “Hiding in Plain Sight: Folk Masters of Massachusetts”
Patricia James-Perry and her children are highly-skilled artists whose work draws inspiration from the skills and craftsmanship of their Wampanoag ancestors.
Showcase concert featuring the excellence and diversity of music and dance traditions thriving in Massachusetts.
Shipwright and National Heritage Fellow Harold A. Burnham and his son, Alden Burnham, work on a wooden boat restoration
Louise Cort, Curator of Ceramics at the Smithsonian Institution’s Freer|Sackler Gallery in Washington, D.C. visited Massachusetts-based Cambodian ceramist Yary Livan.
The archival collection of Mass Cultural Council's Folk Arts & Heritage Program was transferred to the Massachusetts State Archives.