Vermont Folklife Center Middlebury Vermont


Vermont Folklife Center Education Program


The Vermont Folklife Center is a cultural research and public programming organization that since 1984 has amassed a significant body of material documenting the traditional culture of Vermont and the surrounding region.

Our archive contains over 4000 audio recordings made with Vermonters from all walks of life, with a special concentration on farm life and rural experience. These primary resource materials have been generated by and have served as a basis for award-winning radio series, video projects, exhibitions, curriculum materials, teacher workshops, in-service training programs, and a wide variety of publications.

Our public programming has been developed to deepen Vermonters' knowledge and appreciation of our state's rich cultural heritage--past and present--while our educational outreach efforts are structured to help teachers and students draw on this heritage as a resource for classroom instruction.

  • Discovering Community :: An intensive, week-long summer institute for K-16 educators that combines training in ethnography with hands-on experience working with digital audio, video or still image documentary tools. :: details.

  • Internship Opportunities :: The Vermont Folklife Center welcomes internship inquires from graduate students and recent graduates to work on projects in the areas of administration, our archive, fieldwork and public programming. :: details

  • Vermont Traditional Arts Apprenticeship Program :: With funding from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Vermont Traditional Arts Apprenticeship Program provides support to residents of the state of Vermont to teach and learn traditional art forms in a master-apprentice relationship. For details, please see :: here.

  • Vision & Voice Documentary Workspace :: Our documentary gallery and classroom spaces. The Vision & Voice gallery features exhibitions of documenary projects in a range of formats. The classroom hosts scheduled classes in ethographic methods and the use of multimedia tools in research and documentary production. For full details, please see :: here

  • Youth Radio Vermont : A statewide program that trains highschool students in ethnographic methods, audio field recording, and digital audio editing to enable them to create audio documentaries about their communities and their own lives. Details on Youth Radio Vermont :: here

  • Online Educational Resources :: A growing collection of online multimedia materials aimed at educators, including suggestions and multimedia for using titles from Vermont Folklife Center Children's Book Series in a classroom context.


Hours of Operation
Exhibit and Sales Galleries :: Tuesday - Saturday, 10am - 5pm
Archive & Research Center :: By Appointment
Office :: Monday - Friday, 9am - 5pm

Vermont Folklife Center
88 Main Street
Middlebury, VT 05753
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