The Susquehanna Folk Music Society (SFMS) is one of a statewide network of folk arts partners supported by the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts (PCA). SFMS's Folk Arts Center serves Dauphin, Lebanon, and Cumberland Counties.
The Susquehanna Folk Arts Center provides a "virtual home" for traditional arts resources, and hosts events either online or at community venues. It has no physical location. Feel free to contact us; we are happy to make resources available in any way that is most accessible to you.
Our Folk Artists Gallery showcases traditional musicians, craftspeople, storytellers, dancers, and other guardians of cultural heritage.
In our first year as a Folk Arts Center, SFMS will document the work of twelve traditional artists in our three-county region. The first few fascinating profiles have made their debut, with more in the works. Each profile is the culmination of extensive fieldwork by a professional folklorist.
Our folklorist, Amy Skillman, Amy worked as Pennsylvania's state folklorist for over 30 years, managing the statewide folk arts infrastructure program for the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, and overseeing fieldwork around the state. Now living in Maryland, Amy is a part-time professor at Goucher College where she is the Academic Director for the Master's program in Cultural Sustainability. She is pleased to have the opportunity to do fieldwork in south-central Pennsylvania, her former backyard.
The Pennsylvania Council on the Arts (PCA) is partnering with organizations across the state to celebrate Pennsylvania's diverse heritage of folk and traditional arts. The Susquehanna Folk Music Society became a provisional Folk and Traditional Arts Partner in 2019.
- Walk In Art Center (Carbon, Berks, Schuylkill)
- Philadelphia Folklore Project (Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery, Philadelphia)
- Community Partnerships RC&D (Juniata, Mifflin, Montour, Northumberland, Perry, Snyder, Union)
- Bottleworks (Blair, Cambria, Indiana, Somerset, Bedford)
- Erie Arts & Culture (Crawford, Erie, Warren)
- Rivers of Steel (Allegheny, Armstrong, Beaver, Butler, Fayette, Greene, Lawrence, Washington, Westmoreland)