Mission and Philosophy
The Folk Education Association of American or FEAA was founded in 1976 to promote humanistic personal development, understanding of one's own and other's cultural diversity, and commitment to community growth. The FEAA identifies, supports, and facilitates community-based, learner-led education as a strategic tool for community organizing.
Folk, or people’s education includes many traditions of peer education involving critical analysis of oppressive systems to create alternative possibilities for institutions that shape our lives. We believe that this democratic, participatory method of analysis and action entails participants being leaders, collectively using their voices and actions for social change. FEAA supports this type of education as a tool in working toward economic equality, workers’ rights, anti-racism and sexism, environmental restoration and protection, as well as alternatives to environmental racism, militarism, and the weakening power of people’s voices in the face of unaccountable politicians and corporations.
The Folk Education Association of America, in recognizing the need for education to promote humanistic personal development, understanding of one's own and other's cultural diversity, and commitment to community growth; and in recognizing the effectiveness of cooperative living-learning experiences in which the process of dialogue is an essential component; and in describing this approach as folk education, exemplified and inspired by the Scandinavia folk high schools and study circles, hereby do set forth these purposes of its existence and activity:
Anti-Racist Statement and Commitment
“FEAA supports education as a tool in working toward economic equality, workers’
The FEAA's commitment to this statement over the years has remained strong. As our capacity has grown, so has our reach and our ability to impact social change; however, we do not believe we have done enough, particularly concerning inclusion and elevation of BIPOC voices within the folk education movement.
We can and will do better! As we move into future phases of our work, we challenge ourselves and those we support to expand the reach of our work, include all those that reside and work within our communities, and make our centers of folk schooling and folk education ones where interethnic/intercultural, anti-racist allegiances may be cultivated and thrive.
Jerry Jackson, President
Sylvia S. Bagley, Vice President
Kerri Hamos, Treasurer
Kirsten Skoglund, Secretary
Mary Cattani, Board Member
Dawn Murphy, Board Member
Jennifer Rose Escobar, Board Member
Terri Van Orman, Board Member
Regina H. Jennings, Board Member
Devon Lee, Board Member