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.

Our Mission & Vision


Northwest Folklife believes that promoting our arts, culture, and heritage is paramount in nourishing our lives. Amidst these times of uncertainty, we have heard the need for a space to connect during these digitally-driven circumstances. As such, in line with our mission to continue to serve our community, we have created a virtual platform where we can collectively showcase our folklife, right from our homes. 

Launching with From Home to Home: Northwest Folklife Festival, this new larger platform (nwfolklifestreaming.org) will host all of Northwest Folklife’s virtual programs and will continue to provide a space for our collective voice, arts, and traditions to be shared and celebrated.  

Presented by Seattle Cancer Care Alliance, From Home to Home: Northwest Folklife Festival will take place online May 23-25, 2020 at nwfolklifestreaming.org. Created in partnership with Seattle Center, From Home to Home: Northwest Folklife Festival features 6 program channels and a virtual marketplace that will bring together local culture bearers, artists, creatives, sponsors, and merchants all on one platform.

This year's poster features artwork by renowned artist Preston Singletary and was designed by Mike Strassburger.

The program channels include:

On-Demand: Music & Dance
A hub of artist-submitted videos spanning music, dance, storytelling. Plus, features previously livestreamed content from Folklife Premieres and The Roadhouse: Participatory Workshops & Dances channels.

Family Fun: Dance and Sing
Sponsored by BECU, ParentMap, and Seattle's Child
Prerecorded music and dance performances to get your kids moving and learning 

Family Fun: Create and Explore
Sponsored by BECU, ParentMap, and Seattle's Child
Additional videos, photos, and downloadable content to promote interactive learning for the whole family

Living Legacies
Honoring our Cultural Focus through a collection of video interviews with Culture Bearers, teaching artists, and leaders and an array of community-submitted testimonies

Festival Artist Directory
Highlighting the 600+ artists initially slated to perform at the Northwest Folklife Festival

Virtual Marketplace
Featuring over 30 local jewelry, decor, apparel, food, and craft merchants with direct links to their online shops

Folklife Premieres (Now available on the On-Demand: Music & Dance Channel)
Sponsored by Bike Works, NASH, KEXP, KNKX, and KBCS
A livestream of premiered music and dance performances from Pacific Northwest artists

The Roadhouse: Participatory Workshops & Dances (Now available on the On-Demand: Music & Dance Channel)
A livestream featuring interactive dances such as contra, salsa, and more


Northwest Folklife believes that arts and culture strengthen our communities and should be accessible for all. Our year-round programming includes the Community Coordinators program, annual Cultural Focus, Northwest Folklife Festival, Our Big Neighborhood, Youth Empowerment through Arts and Heritage (Y.E.A.H.), and the Crossroads Cultural Arts Series.


During this time of uncertainty, we ask you to come together to help us sustain, uplift, and unite our folklife. Please consider making your best gift possible, one that ensures a bright and sustainable future for Northwest Folklife and speaks to the importance of upholding the arts, culture, and music that make up our daily lives.

You can also show your support for Northwest Folklife by joining our team of volunteers! Help us make the magic of Northwest Folklife happen—volunteer with us!