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Throughout the year, the Center sponsors workshops, lectures, exhibits, concerts, and conferences (on its own and in cooperation with other Library of Congress offices and outside agencies) in order to educate the American people about the importance of their own cultural traditions and the traditions of others. All events are free and do not require tickets unless otherwise noted.

Request ADA accommodations five days in advance at 202-707-6362 or [email protected]

2018 Events






February 13, 2019 Noon-1:30 Black Pearl Sings: A Theatrical reading and discussion of this play with the artistic director and two cast members from the Alliance for New Music Theater

Written in 2006 by Frank Higgins, this play is based on the relationship between John Lomax and Huddie "Lead belly" Ledbetter, and tells the story of a female musicologist employed by the Library of Congress that meets and records a female inmate in a Texas prison who grew up with Gullah Geechee heritage
Pickford Theatre,
3rd Floor
James Madison Building
Free and open to the public
February 21, 2019 Noon-1:00 Traditional Arts and Resilience in Later Life, Jon Kay, Director, Traditional Arts Indiana and Clinical Associate Professor, Folklore and Ethnomusicology Whittall Pavilion, ground floor, Thomas Jefferson Building Free and open to the public
April 24, 2019 Noon-1:00 "Street Folk: Hip Hop, Car Culture, and Black Life in Houston, Texas." Langston Collin Wilkins, Director, Center for Washington Cultural Traditions," Langston Wilkins, Tennessee Arts Commission Whittall Pavilion, ground floor, Thomas Jefferson Building Free and open to the public


American Folklife Center Announces 2018 Fellowships & Awards Recipients

Read about the recipiants and their research projects in Folklife Today (May 30, 2018)

AFC Internship Program

To make a donation to the new AFC Internship Program Fund, donate online. Copy and paste or type in the "Other" box the name of the fund: Fund #651265 – American Folklife Center Internship.

Past Events

Find descriptions and webcasts of past American Folklife Center events, including Botkin Lectures and film screenings; Civil Rights History Events; Homegrown Concerts; and Symposia.

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