The Missouri Folk Arts Program (MFAP) is a program of the Missouri Arts Council and is administered by the Museum of Art and Archaeology at the University of Missouri-Columbia. MFPA was established in 1984 and builds cross-cultural understanding by documenting, conserving and presenting our state's living folk arts and folklife in collaboration with Missouri's citizens.

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  • Missouri Folk Arts Program 

    Higgins, Lisa L. (MU Museum of Art and Archaeology, 2010)
    Missouri Folk Arts Program (MFAP) staff members are relieved, and excited, to have wrapped up the twenty-fifth anniversary of the Traditional Arts Apprenticeship Program (TAAP). Over the course of the last fiscal year, ...
  • Folk Arts: When Tradition Meets Technology 

    Holtgrave, Darcy (MU Museum of Art and Archaeology, 2010)
    When people think about “traditional arts,” people don't tend to think “technology.” Some would even say there is a tension between the two. However, the number of people who turn to the internet to learn more about the ...
  • Fifteen Years of the Missouri Folk Arts Graduate Internships 

    Schmidt, Claire (MU Museum of Art and Archaeology, 2009)
    In addition to a strong network of professional folklorists in the academy and public sector, Missouri is fortunate to have a strong academic program of Folklore, Oral Tradition and Culture Studies Program in MU's Department ...
  • You'll Never Get Ireland in American: Irish Traditional Music and Dance in St. Louis, Missouri 

    Everts-Boehm, Dana (Missouri Folk Arts Program, 1994)
    St. Louis, Missouri boasts a small but active Irish-American community whose historic roots stretch back to the early nineteenth century. Clearly eclipsed by Boston, Chicago, and New York City (among others) in both ...
  • How I Got Over: African-American Gospel Music in the Missouri Bootheel 

    Everts-Boehm, Dana; Crandall, Jean (Missouri Folk Arts Program of the Missouri Arts Council, 1995)
    This essay emerged from the Bootheel Underserved Arts Communities Project, which was co-sponsored by the Missouri Arts Council, the Missouri Folk Arts Program, and the State Historical Society of Missouri at the University ...
  • ¡Qué Viva el Westside! Mexican Traditional Arts in Kansas City, Missouri 

    Everts-Boehm, Dana (Missouri Folk Arts Program, 1993)
    Kansas City, Missouri's Westside is the home of a thriving Mexican American population. A host of visual markers distinguish this part of the city, including vivid murals on buildings and cars, bathtub yard shrines housing ...
  • "A Handful of Dinky": African American Storytelling in Missouri 

    Everts-Boehm, Dana (Missouri Folk Arts Program, 1992)
    Black Missourians brought a rich cultural heritage with them, a syncretism of African, Caribbean, Native American and European elements which helped them survive under the most inhuman circumstances. Foremost among their ...
  • Polkas, Fastnacht and Kloppelei: Contemporary German Folk Arts in Missouri 

    Everts-Boehm, Dana (Missouri Folk Arts Program, 1997)
    36 percent of Missourians claim German ancestry, according to a recent survey. This high percentage is the result of a massive German emigration to Missouri that took place between 1815-1860. Marked German cultural traits ...
  • Halau Hula O Missouri: Hawaiian Hula and Lei-making in Missouri 

    Everts-Boehm, Dana (Missouri Folk Arts Program, 1999)
    Despite their relatively small population, Hawaiians in Missouri have a high visibility because of their interest in teaching and performing their distinctive folk arts. This essay focuses on hula dance and lei-making, ...
  • The Ozark Johnboat: Its History, Form and Functions 

    Everts-Boehm, Dana (Missouri Folk Arts Program, 1991)
    This essay looks at three aspects of wooden johnboats. The first section tracks their history from their roots in Colonial Missouri through the present day of 1991. Johnboats were used during the period of railroad ...
  • Buildin' Boats, Giggin' and Foolin' Around is All Fun: Traditional Material Culture of the Ozark Waterways 

    Everts-Boehm, Dana (Missouri Folk Arts Program, 1996)
    Gigging - the practice of using a steel object in the shape of a large fork to impale fish - has long been a popular traditional activity in the Missouri Ozarks. Many natives of the area consider gigging to be their sport, ...
  • Carnival: from Colombia to West Plains, Missouri 

    Mullins, Willow G., 1974- (MU Museum of Art and Archaeology, 2006)
    In October, St. Louis artist Carmen Dence brought the famous Latin carnival of her hometown, Barranquilla, Colombia, to Glenwood R-VIII Elementary School, just a few miles outside West Plains in southern Missouri. Dence ...
  • Allemande Left and Do-si-do: Missouri Folk Arts Turns Corners With Rural Schools 

    Higgins, Lisa L. (MU Museum of Art and Archaeology, 2005)
    The Missouri Folk Arts Program (MFAP) has produced educational projects for school children for several years, from traveling exhibitions to school performances. The most long-lasting project is “Tuesdays at the Capitol.” ...
  • Art in the Basement: Mandingo Gara from Sierra Leone 

    Mitchell, Scott (MU Museum of Art and Archaeology, 2007)
    In the spring of 2006, however, while a graduate intern at the Missouri Folk Arts Program, I was able to observe firsthand an artist as he created art in what may seem the most unlikely of settings—a basement in urban St. ...
  • A Storyteller's Story: Gladys A. Coggswell 

    Bailey, Deborah A. (MU Museum of Art and Archaeology, 2005)
    Mrs. Gladys A. Coggswell, a master traditional artist in African-American storytelling from Frankford, MO., will be the recipient of the 2005 Missouri Arts Award in the Individual Artist category. This prestigious award ...
  • The Work of Art 

    Bailey, Deborah A. (MU Museum of Art and Archaeology, 2007)
    One of the most integral art forms central to musical expression is the visual and aural art of luthiery—a term which refers to the intricate craft, repair and restoration of stringed instruments. In May 2007, the Missouri ...
  • Creative Opportunities for Missouri's Traditional Artists 

    Higgins, Lisa L. (MU Museum of Art and Archaeology, 2008)
    The role of folklorists who work in the public sector often involves far more administrative duties than fieldwork opportunities—more working with paper than working with people. Recently, the dedication and patience of ...
  • Handed Down: Twenty Year of Missouri's Traditional Arts Apprenticeship Program 

    Missouri Folk Arts Program (MU Museum of Art and Archaeology, 2004)
    On its twentieth anniversary, this article looks back at Missouri's Traditional Arts Apprenticeship Program. It tells the story of the program's creation, as well as some highlights of its first two decades. Pictures of ...
  • Meet the People, Know the Program 

    Wolford, John (MU Museum of Art and Archaeology, 2008)
    In Missouri, we are fortunate to have a strong network of professional folklorists that we rely upon to serve on panels, to conduct evaluations and to advise us with new projects. Dr. Wolford, who earned his PhD in Folklore ...