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Mission and Philosophy

The mission of the Folk Education Association of America is to identify, support, and facilitate community-based, learner-led education as a strategic tool for community organizing.
We use the term people’s education as an umbrella to include the many traditions of peer education that allow community members to work together to critically analyze oppressive systems, build a knowledge base, and apply this knowledge to create alternative possibilities for institutions that shape our lives. We believe that this democratic method of analysis and action should be one basis of organizing, and we focus our work on supporting this education. This process entails “participants,” “learners,” or “constituents” being seen as leaders, collectively finding ways to use their voices and actions for social change. People’s education, by its nature, is applied research that grows directly out of people’s real life situations.

Rather than focusing on a single issue area, our work seeks to support this type of political education as a tool in a range of community initiatives, including increased economic equality, workers’ rights, work against racism and sexism, as well as alternatives to environmental degradation, environmental racism, militarism, and the weakening power of people’s voices in the face of unaccountable politicians and corporations.

Board of Directors

Jennifer Escobar, President
Director of the Berea Festival Dancers and folk singer (Berea, KY)
Mary Cattani, Vice-President/Treasurer
Former Director of the Scandinavian Seminar (Amherst, MA)
Dawn Murphy, Secretary
Marie Fielder Center for Democracy, Leadership, and Education Fellow, Fielding Graduate University (Olympia, WA)
Bryan French, Board Member
Director and co-founder of the Duluth Folk School (Duluth, MN)

Jerry Jackson, Board Member
Executive Director of John C Campbell Folk School (Brasstown, NC)
Kerri Hamos, Board Member
Programs Director for The Folk School Fairbanks (Fairbanks, AK)
Kimberly Coburn, Board Member

Founder & Executive Director of The Homestead Atlanta (Atlanta, GA)
Kirsten Skoglund, Board Member
Program Coordinator for the Marine Mills Folk School (Marine on St. Croix, MN)
Marilyn Jackson, Board Member

Western Institute for Social Research (Berkely, CA)
Scott Hayden, Board Member
Executive Director of Adirondack Folk School (Lake Luzerne, NY)
Terri Van Orman, Board Member
Involved in folk education since the 1990's and currently the Executive Director of Folklore Village (Dodgeville, W)


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