The NAC Folklife Program supports the work of folk artists and organizations representing cultural communities that are resident in the state of Nevada.
- Helps folk artists and cultural organizations to successfully navigate the NAC grant application process
- Documents living traditions and maintains Nevada’s Folklife Archives
- Produces workshops, publications and exhibitions, recordings, and videos
Find Your Folklife!
Festivals, concerts, performances, and community events are great places to find folklife. The Nevada Arts Council’s folklorists keep track of these events so that we can arrange our schedules to attend, discover, and document the incredible variety of folklife that is resident in our state. This listing is updated regularly, with upcoming events featured weekly in the Nevada Arts Council’s Twitter feed. Come on down, take a look around, snap a selfie and #NVFolkFAN!
National Cowboy Poetry Gathering01/27/202012:00am - 02/01/202011:59pm
Western Folklife Center, 501 Railroad Street, Elko Nevada
The National Cowboy Poetry Gathering is an annual celebration of the ranching and rural West and of lifestyles […]
Follow the Folklorists
“A folklorist has to travel in order to learn the land, observe the human environment, and talk to people about what makes their lives meaningful. A folklorist has many interests, from music to crafts, from vernacular architecture to the traditions of working people such as cowboys and miners, and to the ways a community celebrates itself and its roots. These are things people take for granted because they are such a part of their everyday lives, but they are also the very things that make those lives worthwhile, beautiful, and creative, giving people a connection to their place and their heritage.” —from Different Hairs on the Same Dog: The Work of a Public Folklorist.”
Sauce, Not Gravy!
Grants for Folklife Apprenticeships
The Folklife Artist Grant ($1,500) can support apprenticeships in the folk arts. A “master artist” agrees to teach a less experienced person who belongs to the same cultural community. In the grant application they explain and describe the folk art tradition that will be taught and specify what skills, techniques, and knowledge will be shared during the grant period.
A list of all the apprenticeship projects supported by the Nevada Arts Council between 1988 and 2013 was included in the “One is Silver, the Other is Gold” gallery notes, along with photographs of folk art objects produced by apprenticeship projects.
Folklife Fellowship Award 2020: Doug Groves, Rawhide Braiding
The new guidelines for the FFY21 Folk Arts Fellowship Grant ($5,000) have been posted, and applications will be accepted starting January 1, 2020. Now is the time to start thinking about it! Grant workshops are scheduled to take place in November in Carson City, Elko, Fallon, Las Vegas, Pahrump, Reno, and Winnemucca. Please call if you are interested in submitting an application.
This grant was offered for the first time last year. Panelists chose Doug Groves, a “rawhider” from Elko County, as our first fellow in the Folk Arts category. Doug is a familiar face at the Cowboy Poetry Gathering in Elko where he teaches his craft to enthusiastic apprentices attending his hands-on workshops. This video, produced a few years back by the NAC Folklife Program, is one of the Nevada Stories videos showcasing folklife and folk arts in the Silver State.