Launched in 2021, the National Folklife Network is a strategic initiative of the National Endowment for the Arts to advance cultural equity by strengthening the folklife infrastructure in both rural and urban communities across the United States.

In 2019, the National Endowment for the Arts conducted the first-ever analysis of its Folk & Traditional Arts awards portfolio. The effort explored the program’s geographic reach, its capacity to address historically underserved populations, and the activities and achievements of its grantees and partners. The resulting report, Living Traditions: A Portfolio Analysis of the National Endowment for the Arts’ Folk & Traditional Arts Program, identified significant gaps in the map of national arts funding for the folk and traditional arts and highlighted the need to connect related organizations and individuals to promote and strengthen the folk and traditional arts field.

Read more on how the National Folklife Network came to be: NFN History

Read the National Folklife Network’s Values

NFN Consortium Members

National Folklife Network Staff
  • Dr. Maribel Alvarez, Director, National Folklife Network; Jim Griffith Chair in Public Folklore at the Southwest Center at the University of Arizona’s Southwest Center
  • Emmy Her Many Horses, Project Coordinator, National Folklife Network
  • Alisha Vasquez, Communications Manager, National Folklife Network; Communications & Accessibility Manager, Southwest Folklife Alliance
Consortium Collaborators
  • Amy Kitchener, Executive Director, Alliance for California Traditional Arts
  • Leia Maahs, Executive Director, Southwest Folklife Alliance
  • Selina Morales, Folklorist
  • Lori Pourier, President/CEO, First Peoples Fund
  • Cheryl Schiele, Folk & Traditional Arts Specialist, National Endowment for the Arts
  • Dr. Anh Thang Dao-Shah, NFN Evaluator
Our Stories Our Art Magazine
  • Dr. Maribel Alvarez, Executive Editor
  • Selina Morales, Managing Editor
  • Emmy Her Many Horses, Assistant Editor
  • Alisha Vasquez, Assistant Editor

Community Connectors