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Inspired by the Arts?

These websites will help connect you to artists and art events in your area.

Arts Agencies, Coalitions, and Networks

  • National Endowment for the Arts
    Established by Congress in 1965 as an independent agency of the federal government, the NEA is the nation's largest annual funder of the arts, bringing art to all 50 states, including rural areas and inner cities.
  • Regional Arts Organizations
    Provides information on six regional arts organizations, with additional links to state arts agencies and national arts resources.
  • Americans for the Arts
    Provides numerous links to journals, non-profits, cultural policy academic research centers, and community guides.
  • Arts Action Fund
    Promotes art education in schools and advocacy for the arts at the state and local level.
  • Community Arts Network
    Promotes information exchange, research, and critical dialogue within the field of community-based art.
  • National Assembly of State Arts Agencies (NASAA)
    Helps locate art agencies in your state and find information on arts-related websites.

Folklife and Traditional Culture


Rural Communities and the Arts

  • Northern Forest Center
    This organization addresses issues ranging from cultural heritage to economics, ecology, and community development.

Storytelling and Songwriting

  • National Storytelling Network
    Look for information on events and programs (including the National Storytelling Festival), as well as a storytelling directory and a guide on "How Do I Become a Storyteller?"
  • California Indian Storytellers Association
    Serves as a storytelling forum for the indigenous people of the Americas.
  • Nature Story
    Storyteller Kevin Strauss presents Tales with Tails Storytelling Programs.
  • The Art of Story Telling
    Provides links to storytelling basics and techniques, storytellers, organizations, and publications.
  • The Muse's Muse
    Learn how to get started in songwriting and meet other songwriters on their message board.


    Frequently asked questions for people who are interested in getting started in woodcarving provided by the Northwest Woodcarvers Association.
  • Woodcarving Associations
    Find a woodcarving association in your area.
    Find a woodcarving club in your state.

Instrument Making

  • Folk Stuff**BROKEN LINK
    Information for instrument makers, instrument designs, and folk musicians.
  • Guild of American Luthiers
    Everything for string instrument makers including instrument plans.
  • Mark Shepard's Flute page
    Learn about flute making and playing. Detailed instructions on how to make a flute from PVC plumber's pipe.

Textile Weaving

  • Cancu Ota, On-Line Native American Newsletter
    Illustrated instructions on Native American weaving crafts: finger, diagonal, chevron weaving, and more. Check their archive for more craft ideas.
  • Fiber Resources** BROKEN LINK
    Fiber-related sites and organizations.
  • The Textile Museum
    Learn about weavings and other textiles from around the world. Features an interactive learning experience titled "Common Threads."
  • Weaving
    Educational site with numerous links to weaving resources and hands-on activities.

Basket Weaving

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