Each year, Oregon Folklife Network applies for National Endowment for the Arts funding to support our ongoing statewide Folklife Survey. Through the survey, we identify outstanding folk artists and work with communities, organizations, and Tribes to increase public awareness about Oregon’s living cultural heritages. Each year, OFN fieldworkers survey a different region to document the diverse cultures and individuals who make up Oregon.
Survey fieldworkers identify artists and tradition keepers to add to our Culture Keepers Roster, an online curated resource for local festivals, parks, schools, and library programs seeking performers and speakers. Fieldworkers also refer master artists to the Traditional Arts Apprenticeship Program, which provides funding for master artists to become mentors and pass on their knowledge. The research also results in public programs in local communities, as well as publicly accessible archives detailing the survey research.
Please contact OFN if you know of an artist or tradition keeper who can be added to a regional survey.
2014 Fieldworkers Douglas Manger and LuAnne Kozma traveled to Eastern Oregon to document folklife in Klamath, Malheur, Lake, and Harney Counties, including the Burns Paiute and Klamath Tribes.
2015 Fieldworkers Nancy Nusz and Deborah Fant traveled to the Columbia Gorge to document folklife in Morrow, Umatilla, Hood River, Wasco, Jefferson, Sherman, and Gilliam Counties, including the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs, and Confederated Tribes of Umatilla.
2016 Fieldworkers Douglas Manger and Joseph O’Connell traveled to Eastern Oregon to document folklife in Union, Wallowa, Baker, Grant, Wheeler, Crook, and Deschutes Counties.
2017 Fieldworkers Nancy Nusz, Douglas Manger, and Makaela Kroin traveled to the Portland Metro Area to document folklife in Clackamas, Columbia, Multnomah, Washington, and Yamhill Counties.
2018 Fieldworkers Amy Howard, Alina Mansfield, and Thomas Grant Richardson traveled to Southern Willamette Valley to document folklife in Polk, Marion, Linn, Benton, and Lane Counties.
2019 Northern Coast Counties of Clatsop, Tillamook, and Lincoln including Confederated Tribes of Siletz, and Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde.
2020 Southwest Coast and Rogue Valley counties of Coos, Curry, Josephine, Jackson and Douglas, including Coquille Tribe, Confederated Tribes of Coos, Siuslaw and Lower Umpqua, and Cow Creek band of Umpqua Tribe.
The survey is supported in part by the National Endowment for the Arts Folk and Traditional Arts Program.