Living Legacies in the Parks Program

As Northwest Folklife looks ahead to celebrate its 50th Anniversary in 2021, it is the stories and traditions of our communities that serve as the foundation and significance behind our organization and work. In partnership with Jackstraw Cultural Center, Washington State Parks Folk and Traditional Arts Program and The Center for Washington Cultural Traditions, Living Legacies empowers communities and individuals around the Pacific Northwest to capture cultural traditions and stories by sharing a Living Legacies Toolkit to preserve, document and transmit cultural knowledge. 

The Living Legacies Toolkit was created with our diverse Pacific Northwest communities in mind. Available in multiple languages, it includes a how-to guide to prepare for the interview, how-to conduct an interview with available recording devices, examples of questions to stimulate storytelling, and ideas to preserve and present those stories.

Living Legacies at Washington State Parks brings the toolkit to the people with documentation stations at community celebrations. Volunteers and staff will work with attendees to document their own family and community stories. Community Fests with on-site Living Legacies documentation stations include:


June 6, 2020, 12-4 PM at Millersylvania State Park in Olympia


June 13, 2020, 12-4 PM at Deception Pass State Park in Oak Harbor


July 11, 2020, at Sunset Beach in Lake Sammamish Park in Issaquah


July 26, 2020, 2-6 PM at Saltwater State Park in Des Moines


Aug 8, 2020, 11 AM- 5 PM at Saltwater State Park in Des Moines


Sept 26, 2020, 10 AM-5 PM, at Sacajawea State Park in Pasco

Join us in preserving, supporting and celebrating our region's cultural endowment.


Kelli Faryar, Executive Artistic Director at Northwest Folklife, (206) 684-7014

Makaela Kroin, Washington State Parks Folk & Traditional Arts Program Coordinator, (360) 902-8635

Langston Collin Wilkins, Director of the Center for Washington Cultural Traditions, (206) 682-1770 x107

About Northwest Folklife

Since 1972, Northwest Folklife has been deeply committed to celebrating the diversity of our Northwest communities and demystifying our differences together, under one roof. Our work centers on preserving cultural arts, bridging connections to heritage and identity, and cultivating the ever-evolving traditions of the Pacific Northwest. From daily creativity and imagination, to family and community customs, Folklife is a part of each of our lives – past, present, and future.

About Washington State Parks Folk & Traditional Arts Program

Washington State Parks cares for Washington's most treasured lands, waters, and historic places, connects Washingtonians to their diverse natural and cultural heritage, and provides memorable recreational and educational experiences that enhance their lives. Since 2004, the Folk & Traditional Arts Program has added to those memorable experiences with events in state parks by musicians, dancers, craftspeople and storytellers who represent a wide variety of old and new Washington traditions. From tribal canoe journeys to Cinco de Mayo festivities, from fisher poetry to Cambodiandance, the program brings people together—some to celebrate a common heritage and some to learn about the traditions of others. 

Washington State Parks is excited to host the Community Fests where Living Legacies documentation stations will engage with cultural communities. The Folk & Traditional Arts Program provides event infrastructure, honorariums for artists and culture keepers, and other technical assistance.

About the Center of Washington Cultural Traditions

The Center for Washington Cultural Traditions is a new arts and heritage program set up to survey, study, and support cultural traditions, tradition bearers, and traditional communities throughout Washington State. This innovative program is a statewide, go-to source for learning about Washington’s rich, diverse cultural heritage.

About Jack Straw Cultural Center

Jack Straw Cultural Center is the Northwest's only non-profit multidisciplinary audio arts center. A community-based resource since 1962, we provide a production facility that is unlike any other in the region for local artists who work creatively with sound. Jack Straw focuses on annual artist residencies through our Artist Support Program, our Writers Program, and our Gallery Residency Program; art and technology education for all ages; arts and heritage partnerships; and radio and podcast production. Our full-service recording studio is also available for a range of arts projects.