Pennsylvania is filled with folk art, from intricate Pennsylvania Dutch scherenschnitte (paper cutting) and Ukranian pysanky (egg art), to Hmong storytelling quilts and urban graff-art. For more than two hundred years Pennsylvania has incorporated the customs of its many inhabitants to create a mosaic of folk art traditions, the pattern of which is always changing as Pennsylvanians invent new variations on old themes, or build altogether new traditions. FolkArtPA's goal is to document, investigate, present and sustain the folk art of Pennsylvania, and in the process learn what it means to be a Pennsylvanian today.
FolkArtPA is a program of the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts that sustains folk and traditional arts across the commonwealth through services-to-the-field, a statewide Folk and Traditional Arts Apprenticeship program, and the Folk Arts Infrastructure partnership, a system of seven independent regional organizations working together to support Pennsylvania folk arts.
Folk Arts Infrastructure partners promote the creation and documentation of folk art of the highest artistic excellence; engage the public in understanding the quality, breadth and diversity of folk and traditional arts across the state; conduct critical discovery fieldwork in under-represented communities; and provide technical assistance for folk and traditional artists through workshops and gatherings.