US Folk Schools, now in nearly every state, contribute to the landscape of non-formal adult education. These schools vary in mission and approach although, two things are clear. New schools are appearing with increasing regularity and whether focused on traditional arts, popular education, or civic education, they enrich and transform communities.
In the style of narrative presentation, we'll bring together folk school founders, members of the Folk Education Association of America (FEAA), and community adult educators to discuss the central theme of rural community transformation through the growth and expansion of Folk Education in the US. The conditions that encourage folk school emergence, folk schools as localities for diverse community interaction, and outcomes of individual and collective agency will be addressed.