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Folklore and Education Section


The Folklore and Education section of the American Folklore Society (AFS), formed in 1988, seeks to serve members through networking opportunities at AFS annual meetings and online, as well as to spotlight and honor essential and outstanding contributions to the field by sponsoring sessions at the AFS annual meetings and awarding monetary prizes. Our membership and range of services extends to schools, historical societies, arts agencies, independent folklorists, and community programs, among others.

The Folklore and Education section awards the Dorothy Howard Folklore and Education Prize and the Robinson-Roeder-Ward FellowshipThe section also publishes the Folkore and Education Review.

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The conveners of this section are Rebeca Smith, Senior Convener, and Nicholas Hartmann, Junior Convener.

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Folklore and Education Section News

 The Folklore and Education Section will host its Annual Business Meeting via ZOOM on September 23, 2020 at 2pm Eastern/11 Pacific time. Make sure to update your membership, as only current members will receive a link to join.

Read the Folkore and Education Review, where news and announcements, reports, features or notes that concern folklore and education can be published as they occur, accessible immediately in the AFS Review, and sent as an email to all AFS Review subscribers within two weeks of posting.

This platform replaces the blog that was released in the spring of 2019, as well as the former, annual Folklore and Education Newsletter. The content from both previous publications have been migrated to the Folklore and Education Review, so you can find all past coverage in one place. Thanks to the contributors to the new blog as well as those who have contributed to the old newsletters!

Now, content curator Nic Hartmann and former co-editor Gregory Hansen ask for your contributions to the Folklore and Education Review! They're interested in any items of general interest as well as notifications of new resources for use in folklife in education.

Share your information about new resources for use in schools and in adult education -- specifically educational programs outside of higher education. “New Resource” items should include a blurb of up to 150 words, the title of the resource, a brief description, ordering information, and any contact info that you'd like to include. 

Send new resources and submissions or suggestions for longer pieces to Nic at

You can subscribe to the Folklore and Education Review by signing up for the RSS feed on the page, or you can sign up for the “New in the AFS Review" email digest. The email digest, which collects all AFS news, is a benefit of membership in the Society, but it isn’t restricted to dues-paying members. To subscribe to the biweekly digest, join AFS in any category, including the free "web only” membership, and say “yes” when asked if you’d like to receive the AFS Review digest.


Prize News

Due to complications from the COVID-19, the section will not be awarding any prizes for 2020. 


2019 Robinson-Roeder-Ward Fellowship

See the full text of the prize call for submissions HERE

2019 Dorothy Howard Prize

See the full text of the prize call for submission HERE.




2018 Winners of the Robinson-Roeder-Ward Fellowship and the Dorothy Howard Prize:

Members of both committees were complimentary of the number of well-qualified submissions and nominations.

Please join us in congratulating Ms. Lacey Cornell, of Kids Cook! Albuquerque as the winner of the Robinson-Roeder-Ward Fellowship for 2018. As an educator and nutrition coordinator for Kids Cook!, Ms. Cornell introduces the students in Albuquerque Public Schools to new cultures and healthy food by incorporating foodways and cultural diversity into her food and nutrition courses. She participated in the forum “No Illusions: Inclusive Curriculum Development and When the Perfect Plan Goes Wrong” on Thursday afternoon during the Annual Meeting in Buffalo, and is the junior convener for the Foodways Section. Ms. Cornell was honored during the Folklore and Education Section’s meeting Saturday afternoon, receiving $500 and free membership in the section for one year.

The Robison-Roeder-Ward Fellowship committee consisted of Linda Deafenbaugh, Maureen Porter, Lisa Rathje, Jan Rosenberg, and Rebecca Smith. 

The 2018 Dorothy Howard Prize for Folklore in Education honors the late Linda D’Acquisto and her work with artsHUBmke (pronounced “arts-hub-Milwaukee”) and the Kid Curators program. Kid Curators is a long-term, multi-dimensional project with three partners: Cardinal Stritch University, Milwaukee Public Schools, and the nonprofit Arts@Large. Working with these partners, the Kid Curators process begins as professional development for teachers that includes local teaching artists, then is incorporated into classrooms. Students then take the lead in researching, writing, designing, constructing, and presenting the exhibits to the public. The Leadership Team of Wisconsin Teachers of Local Culture, who nominated Kid Curators, said this about the project:

“The Kids Curators process supports educational priorities, teaching practices, and student learning through engaging learners in collaborative multifaceted projects. While students participate in meaningful work, teachers hone best practices in instructional methods. Creativity, responsibility, teamwork, and problem-solving are qualities inherent to the process. The school museum process meets contemporary teaching requirements by incorporating academic content standards; providing multiple forms of assessment of learning and understanding; requiring student-driven research, writing, and design; promoting partnerships between schools, home, and community; and using the end product of the museum as a teaching tool itself.”

Congratulations to Kid Curators and artsHUBmke. Anne Pryor, nominator and member of Wisconsin Teachers of Local Culture, accepted the Dorothy Howard Prize during the Folklore and Education Section meeting on Saturday afternoon at the AFS Annual Meeting.

The Dorothy Howard Prize committee consisted of Betty Belanus, Nic Hartmann, Rebecca Smith, and Laurie Sommers.

More information about the Dorothy Howard Prize can be found here.

More information about the Robinson-Roeder-Ward Fellowship can be found here.

Related Organizations

Local Learning: The National Network for Folk Arts in Education facilitates K-12 teachers' and teacher educators' use of folklore and folkloristic approaches in their classrooms through national advocacy, publications, teacher training, and extensive online resources. Local Learning is a national service organization for folk arts and folklife in education and publishes the annual Journal of Folklore and Education, a peer-reviewed multimedia K-16 digital publication. Download from the homepage. Paddy Bowman is the founding director, and Lisa Rathje is the executive director.

Join City Lore as an Education Member and receive the CARTS newsletter, City Lore mailings and discounts on events, a 10% discount on orders from the CARTS Catalog (featuring high-quality, authentic teaching resources for folklore, oral history, and the arts), and a free CD or cassette. Send $30 (check payable to City Lore) to City Lore, 72 East First Street, New York NY 10003 USA. For a free copy of the catalog, e-mail or phone 800/333-5982.


Click here to explore resources that employ folklife and education. Some of these resources were created by Folklore and Education Section members.

See also a section-created wiki Bibliography of Essential Texts for Folklore and Education.

Click here for help finding syllabi in the Teaching Resource Collection in OpenFolklore. Some of these syllabi were contributed by Folklore and Education Section members.


Newsletter Archive

See the Folkore and Education Review.

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