Discovering Community

The Vermont Folklife Center’s Discovering Community Education Program gets Vermont students out of their classrooms to learn from their diverse communities using media-making tools to document–and ultimately share–their experiences.

Our program adapts to the needs and perspectives of the educators and students we work with across the state, so the themes explored, projects realized, and activities students engage in vary across classrooms. Our program always emphasizes student voice, builds upon community connections, and recognizes the vast potential for learning available to each of us, in our communities, through observation and inquiry.

Our goal is to partner with teachers and schools in creating educational experiences that are personalized, place-based, and that provide students with technical, personal, and interpersonal skills for the modern world.