Your Communities. Your Traditions. Your Folklife.

Northwest Folklife is an independent arts organization that celebrates the multigenerational arts, cultures, and traditions of a global Pacific Northwest. For over 47 years, Northwest Folklife has been deeply committed to celebrating the diversity of our Northwest communities and de-mystifying our differences together, under one roof. Northwest Folklife believes that arts and culture strengthen our communities and should be accessible for all. Their year-round programming is produced in collaboration with over 120 different cultural partners and powered by contributions from the community, corporations, foundations, and the public sector.

Northwest Folklife is excited to announce the 2019 Cultural Focus: Youth Rising, a year-long series featuring mentorship programs, youth residency projects, and a collection of youth-organized performances and events highlighted at the 48th annual Northwest Folklife Festival (May 24 – 27, 2019). Youth Rising is a platform for amplifying the voices of youth leaders, artists, musicians, and changemakers. For young people, by young people!


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