Fasnacht jam
Jam at the Helvetia Star Band Hall, Helvetia, WV

The West Virginia Folklife Program, a project of the West Virginia Humanities Council, works to document, sustain, present, and support West Virginia’s vibrant cultural heritage and living traditions. West Virginia Folklife is supported in part by the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Folk & Traditional Arts Program.

The West Virginia Folklife Program employed West Virginia’s first state folklorist and founding director Emily Hilliard to carry out this work from 2015 to 2021. Ethnomusicologist and folklorist Jennie Williams joined the council staff in 2022 and presently serves as the state folklorist and current director of West Virginia Folklife.

Often defined as the “art of everyday life,” folklife refers to art and culture that is based in and reflective of traditional knowledge and connection to community.

West Virginia Folklife projects include:

Visit our home page or contact state folklorist Jennie Williams at 304.346.8500 or williams@wvhumanities.org for further information.