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Introduction

WHAT YOU CAN DO AROUND HERE

BE A PART OF HISTORY ! 

Find Public, Private, Charter, Virtual schools nationwide. State and regional education organizations. Regionally accredited Elementary, Middle and High Schools.

This site hosts the 1st Online K12 School Directory in the history of America and the world wide web. It is a  public folklore project built by the nation. 

  1. ADD / EDIT INFORMATION ABOUT YOUR K-12 SCHOOL 
  2. Add the www. url for your completed project to your school information!   
  3. Pick a Project 
  4. K12 Schools, Teachers, Students, and Citizens across the nation can submit a link to their project from their school listing.
  5. COMMUNITY
    Help support everyone across the nation using --> #hashtag Attributes --> 
    to find projects that deal with the same problems and issues across the U.S.

OUR GOALS:

BE CREATIVE

Creativity is the least important consideration in Tthe K12 Department of Education curriculum but the most important attribute of the United States. ~ Karen Ellis

ADDRESS CRITICAL EDUCATIONAL CULTURAL ISSUES OF OUR TIME:

This Public Folklife project is an open forum and resource for educators, parents and students to share their plans and projects that deal with fear in our schools of shooters, and extremists.  Allow all citizens to document, investigate, present and sustain the folk, their issues and traditional arts across America.

NOTHING IN CULTURE IS TRIVIAL

Crossing the "triviality barrier," will help you understand and explain why studying folklore is important, not just entertainment.

The "Triviality barrier" was coined by Brian Sutton-Smith in a 1970 article, "Psychology of Childlore" in _Western Folklore_.)

TRANSDISCIPLINARITY means the future doesn't fit into a single discipline.

#STEM Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics
#STEAM: INTEGRATE The  Arts! using Folklife, Folklore, Folkarts, Traditions & Culture

No one has to justify studying math, history, and science.

Finland has long been renowned for the quality of its education. They are now involved with Project - or phenomenon-based learning (PBL) which equips children with the skills necessary to flourish in the 21st Century. PBL and looks for a variety of ways of integrating it into the school's curriculum. Finnish school teach in a more collaborative way; to allow students to choose a topic relevant to them and base subjects around it. This is why we promote Folklorists and Folklife to spearhead projects in schools.

FOLKLORE GIVES INSIGHT INTO OUR HUMANITY

Those studies have enriched mankind for generations. 

Studying folklore involves understanding the meaning and significance of everyday commonplace things, words, etc. Studying folklore not only allows intellectual pursuit it documents society and allows for benchmarks as civilization moves from one point to the next in its own crazy path. It rescues procedures / art / lifestyle that would otherwise be lost.

What the study of folklore can bring to a child or anyone:

1. new ways of communicating
2. cultures other than our own
3. our own culture/traditions
4. expression of feelings or ideas
5. learning problem solving techniques 


WHAT IS FOLKLIFE

It's about what we know how to do, what we create and accomplish. 

It is our common wealth!

It is what Americans own as a nation, what we choose to honor and keep in the Smithsonian our national attic. 

It is the story of us.

The term "American Folklife" means the traditional expressive culture shared within the various groups in the United States: familial, ethnic, occupational, religious, regional; expressive culture includes a wide range of creative and symbolic forms such as custom, belief, technical skill, language, literature, art, architecture, music, play, dance, drama, ritual, pageantry, handicraft; these expressions are mainly learned orally, by imitation, or in performance, and are generally maintained without benefit of formal instruction or institutional direction.

  • Living traditions passed down over time and through space.
  • Since most folklore is passed down through generations, it is closely connected to community history.
  • Shared by a group of people who have something in common: ethnicity, family,region, occupation, religion, nationality, age, gender, social class, social clubs, school, etc. Everyone belongs to various groups; therefore, everyone has folklore of some sort.
  • Learned informally by word of mouth, observation, and/or imitation.
  • Made up of conservative elements (motifs) that stay the same through many transmissions, but folklore also changes in transmission (variants). In other words, folk traditions have longevity, but are dynamic and adaptable.
  • Usually anonymous in origin  http://www.louisianafolklife.org/LFP/main_defining_terms.html

FOLKLIFE IN AMERICA

Public Law 94-201 creating the American Folklife Center was passed by the 94th Congress on January 2, 1976.

Established in 1976 by a Title 20 Education Act, the American Folklife Preservation Act (P.L. 94-201) is a small and versatile organization designed to operate in cooperation with other federal state and local agencies and organizations and to initiate independent programs using its own resources. It is mandated by Congress to engage in a broad range of educational and research activities that preserve, revitalize, and present America's rich and diverse cultural heritage -- a heritage associated with ethnic, regional, and occupational cultures. 

P.L. 94-201, The American Folklife Preservation Act of 1976 (20 USC 2101) which created the American Folklife Center, states the following: that the diversity inherent in American folklife has contributed greatly to the cultural richness of the Nation and has fostered a sense of individuality and identity among the American people; . . . [and] that it is in the interest of the general welfare of the Nation to preserve, support, revitalize, and disseminate American folklife traditions and arts. . . .

WHAT IS FOLKLORE  

Folklore and Folklife are not about the long-ago and faraway but about the power of place and time and the dynamic creativity of traditional culture.

Folklore (in a broader sense, traditional and popular culture) is a group-orientated and tradition-based creation of groups or individuals reflecting the expectations of the community as an adequate expression of its cultural and social identity; its standards and values are transmitted orally, by imitation or by other means. Its forms include, among others, language, literature, music, dance, games, mythology, rituals, customs, handicrafts, architecture and other arts. - UNESCO, 1985

K12 Education Philosophy
Folklore / Folklife is embraced as a teaching philosophy, the tip of the curricula spear, that skewers "curricula" using interdisciplinary projects that gives collected data context whereby learners can derive meaning, and that process transforms data into knowledge energized by the "need to know" moment when motivated learners - catch the giniker - the fire, the jazz, and engage with their projects.

WHAT ARE FOLK ARTS

Folk art are the names we use for our own collective, and community-based experiences, and tracitions like the kinds of food we eat during holidays or how we all know and understand proverbs because they come from our shared experiences. These arts endure because they name the shared experiences of many people. 

" It is a way of distinguishing arts that represent more than an individual point of view. The term is also used because, in this country, the creative expressions of ordinary people are not always seen as art, or as significant, or as part of a tradition. Because mainstream and elite notions of art generally marginalize the majority of world cultural and artistic traditions, the notion of "folk" art is a way of making equal room for all peoples' habits of expression and creativity." ~ .folkloreproject.org

WHAT IS A CULTUREKEEPER

Public Folklore people are keepers of tradition / traditional arts and folk heritage. Folklore and folklife are not about the long-ago and faraway but about the power of place and time and the dynamic creativity of traditional culture.

A Culture Keeper, might be a traditional artist, who actively practices, passes on, and preserves the living cultural traditions of the cultural community to which s/he belongs and is then recognized and acknowledged as a culturekeeper by that group.

Maybe this is YOU!


SUBMIT YOUR PROJECT

FOLKLORISTS & THOUGHT LEADERS ARE INVITED TO SUBMIT THEIR PROJECT

We Provide  K-12 PROJECT Announcements for schools, teachers, students and citizens.

Every project must answer:

1. What is its significance?
2. What is its relevance?
3. What is the impact of having studied / produced it?

#STEAM We will review, select, and publish announcements for Interdisciplinary projects engaged in multiple sectors of K12 education on the appropriate Projects page.

Lady Liberty

FOLKLIFE / FOLKLORE PROJECTS

#STEAM​​​​= SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY ENGLISH, MATH, + ARTS
#Folklife #Folklore #Arts
#Music #NCFR #Recess #PlayGround #JumpRopeChants #JumpRopeSongs
#ClapPatternChants #Play #Health
#Linguistics,#Literacy #Reading #ESL #Poetry #NurseryRhymes #Speech
#OralCulture #History #StoryTelling #LanguageArts
#CommonGood #COOP#Interdisciplinary

NATIONAL SECURITY PROJECTS

#STEM= SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY, ENGLISH, MATH

#NationalSecurity
#HomelandSecurity
Disrupt Technology bring back the #Ham Radio and #HamRadioOperators which always work in an emergency !! #EDTech #EDchat
#TeachDemocracy #ElectionsSecurity #FakeNews #MediaLiteracy #MarchForOurLives #HateGroups #DeleteFacebook
#FinancialSecurity
#CyberSecurity #HighSchoolClub #FreeCodeCampForGirls
#SocialGood #ClimateChange #SchoolGarden

follow @folkculturekeep
 

TRAINING / WORKSHOP PROGRAMS 

We Announce your training opportunities in Folklife, Folk Arts, and Oral History for K12 Teachers, Artists, and/or Folklorists

Send Your Training Workshop | Program to us for review and possible inclusion.

Announce Your Project to the K12PlayGround,com

 

EMAIL Your Workshop Info To Us.

Title of Your Workshop

Dates

Place

Application Deadline

Directors / Leaders Contact Info - email, phone

Website URL

Privacy Policy URL

Non Profit or For Profit

COST for class if there is one

Continuing Ed Credit or not

Brief Description / Mission Statement / Transcendent Purpose

 


RESOURCES

IT'S EASY FOR YOU TO PARTICIPATE IN PROJECTS USING STORYMAP.ORG FOR FREE

Build the school you want it to be! StoryMap.org  Tells Your Story in Place

Every participant can "show and tell" us about their project. You can create amazing animated and multimedia stories and get everything you need to either add your project link to your school information here on this site. StoryMap.org will host your map/story/video for free and give you a www. link to your story +plus more

Folklife Magazine - Article by Betty Belanus

The idea of cultural appropriation is not valid.

Culture is appropriation. That is all that culture is.

Appropriation from your neighbor, your mother, that man in the market.

Appropriation from those who came before, the builders, the remembered.

Civilization is open source.

Every Culture Appropriates The question is less whether a dress or an idea is borrowed, than the uses to which it’s then put.  DAVID FRUM MAY 8, 2018 

Learn About The American Folklife Center

American Folklife Center
Library of Congress
Washington, DC 20540-4610

Alan Jabboor announces the permanent authorization of the American Folklife Center
H.R. 4112 signed by President Clinton 1998

Smithsonian Folklife - The Staff working for our Nation's Attic!

Cultural Research and Education at the Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage encompasses scholarly and collaborative  research, the development of resources for schools  and educators, professional training, and the  production of books, documentaries, recordings,  and multimedia materials.

Folkways: Free Resources for the Classroom - Find world music curricular experiences from the Smithsonian Folkway's Network of Music Educators. All lessons can be downloaded in PDF format.

American Folklore Society: Folklore & Education Section Newsletter

Heritage Studies at AFS 2012 by Gregory Hansen

Heritage Studies is a new movement in academe that blends scholarship from folklore, anthropology, history, literary/cultural studies, museum studies, and other disciplines into an interdisciplinary field. This new approach focuses less on heritage as an element of the past and more on heritage's relation to the present.
New Resources 2017 by Gregory Hansen


"Music is Language, Language is Music" ~ Karen Ellis "the orchestrator"

Giniker

Interdisciplinary Social Rhythm Researchers
Edward T. Hall Hid in an abandoned car and filmed children romping in a school playground at lunch hour. Screaming, laughing, running and jumping, each seemed superficially to be doing his or her own thing. But careful analysis revealed that the group was moving to a unified rhythm. One little girl, far more active than the rest, covered the entire schoolyard in her play. Hall and his student realized that without knowing it, she was "the director" and "the orchestrator."

RAISING SMART KIDS IS NO SECRET!!

YOU'VE GOT TO GIVE THEM THE GINIKER !!
Definition of Giniker: means plenty of pep and fire
because the secret to learning is motivation!

TAKE SOME LEADERSHIP LESSONS FROM THE DANCING GUY
IF THE LEADER IS THE FLINT THE GINIKER: IS THE LIGHTENING BOLT
THE FIRST FOLLOWER IS THE SPARK THAT PROVIDES THE HEAT WHICH IS "JAZZ"
The 2nd follower is a turning point:
That is the proof that the first one has done well.
Now it's not a lone nut, it's two nuts and that brings the third person and so on and so on .....
Now you have a movement!

Is your Member of Congress a "Thumbs Up" arts champion or an arts threat?

President Kennedy

 

 

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