Living Legacies Partnership

Living Legacies brings together Jack Straw Cultural Center, Washington State Parks Folk and Traditional Arts Program, and The Center for Washington Cultural Traditions with Northwest Folklife to commemorate 50 years of Folklife. The partners share a longstanding commitment to celebrate, support, and preserve living cultural heritage in public programs that range from festivals to apprenticeships. In 2019-20, as a collaborative, the partners will:

  • Develop a Living Legacies Toolkit
  • Disseminate the Toolkit at parks, libraries, and other community gathering spaces
  • Host hands-on audio documentation workshops
  • Host documentation stations at community celebrations of regional heritage
  • Share selected stories with the greater community to mark the 50th anniversary of NW Folklife

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. 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 Cambodian dance, the program brings people together — some to celebrate a common heritage and some to learn about the traditions of others.

About the Center for 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.