About

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 employs West Virginia’s first state folklorist to carry out this work.

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 Emily Hilliard at 304.346.8500 or hilliard@wvhumanities.org for further information.