A Message from AFTA

Arkansas Folk and Traditional Arts is firmly dedicated to building cross-cultural understanding by documenting, presenting, and sustaining Arkansas' diverse living traditional arts and cultural heritage.  At the heart of our work is valuing human dignity and the right...

COVID-19: Quilters Respond

Contribute to the Quilt Index at Matrix: Center for Digital Humanities and Social Sciences, Michigan State University.

COVID-19 Updates from AFTA

Arkansas Folk and Traditional Arts remains open, but we are working remotely and unable to conduct in-person fieldwork or event/site visits at this time. Please continue to feel free to call and email. In the meantime, several resources are listed below.

Defining Folk and Traditional Arts: AFTA’s Approach

Throughout AFTA’s publications, you may see and hear several terms that appear similar: folk art, traditional art, folkore, folklife, and tradition. What do these terms mean? What’s the difference between each? We thought it might be a good idea to introduce our approach in this article as well.

Siegel Appointed Folk Arts Coordinator for University Libraries

Folklorist Virginia Siegel has joined the University Libraries’ staff as the new Arkansas folk arts coordinator for the Arkansas Folk and Traditional Arts, a new program funded by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts that seeks to document, present and sustain Arkansas traditional arts.