Networks

We bring together people and organizations engaged in work that centers folklife practices to exchange ideas, build coalitions, and collaborate.

Circle Participatory Action Research (CPAR) is a San Antonio-based social justice research framework that inclusively supports the leadership and knowledge of those most impacted by disparities to develop solutions for social, cultural, and political transformation.

We administer and maintain the Folklife PAR Network, an online (and sometimes in-person) platform for artists and communities engaged in Participatory Action Research (PAR) to share tools, exchange resources, and report their experiences. PAR challenges the idea that research is best done by academics or trained professionals and recognizes that those whose lives are most impacted by inequities, barriers, and problems already hold deep knowledge and solutions through their own lived experience

Colorful leather keychains by Tasha Mhazuetsa.

We are the administrator and cooperating partner, in partnership with the First Peoples Fund and the Alliance for California Traditional Arts, for the National Folklife Network (NFN), 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. NFN offers training, fieldwork, convenings, community collaborations, leadership development, and skill building. It is currently composed of partners in seven areas historically underserved by the NEA Folk & Traditional Arts awards portfolio: Alaska, Memphis, TN; Puerto Rico, Northern Plains, Southern Plains, Rocky Mountain West, Washington, DC.

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