Over 1.8 million nonprofits and charities for donors, volunteers and funders

Folklore Society Of Greater Washington

Rating: 5 stars   1 review 759


Po Box 323 Cabin John MD 20818 USA


The main purpose of the society is to further the understanding, investigation, appreciation, and performance of the traditional folk music and folklore of the american people


Hold weekly, monthly and annual contra, square and english country dances to further the understanding, preformance and appreciation of these dance forms and music both historical and new styles are presented. An event will typically last for under 4 hours

hold weekend events which combine music instruction and performance with dance instruction and performance to provide a more immersive experience of the dance forms and music both historical and new stles are presented. An event will typically involve multiple days with multiple presentations scheduled per day

membership in the organization which provides a monthly newsletter listing events in the greater washington dc area related to the folklore traditions of the american people. The events typically include dance, concerts, storytelling, singing, music jams and such other events as may be known of membership also provides an opportunity to attend various concerts and dances for free or at a discounted price, the ability to volunteer for elected office, and the ability to vote for the board of directors

Write a Review
Invite Reviews Share This Nonprofit

More Info

(301) 696-8333

Filter Reviews by Role

Promote This Nonprofit

GreatNonprofits badges allow you to raise awareness of your favorite nonprofits on your own web sites!

Review this charity on

Reviews for Folklore Society Of Greater Washington

Rating: 5 stars  

10 people found this review helpful

This organization runs the Washington FOlk Festival at Glen Echo park every year, a huge, multi-ethinc festival featuring the folk and traditional music of Greater Washington DC. It is a free festival by and for the people of Washington. It also hosts a veriety of folk concerts, both in halls and homes, and dances. Its fall Getaway, geared primarily (but not exclusively) to singers of traditional song attracts visitors from all over America as well as abroad to share and swap in intimate settings. Open sings, instrumental workshops, sacred harp gatherings, and a small, mid-winter festival take place throughout the year. Its : $33/year annual membership ($45 for families) entitle one to many free concerts and a dance or two. Many people, however find that its monthly bulletin is well worth the cost alone as it lists not only FSGW-sponsored events but other events of interest going on throughout the greater DC area. The society welcomes volunteers and there are many ways to iprove ones skills as a presenter as well as a performer. It is actively seeking out families and younger members.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I've seen the results of this organization in nurturing the traditional arts and providing a community in which skills are enhanced and listening or production skills are developed. It is a true participatory arts organization.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I would learn from those before and around me who have done such a good job. I would continue to support many different kinds of music while paying special attention to the most traditional exemplars of music with a limited commercial base.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

I am a professional singer and folklorist but this community of volunteers gets more done on a shoestring than any arts organization I have ever worked with. I think this is because the passion is shared universally and leadership is truly collaborative.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

A mix of musicians and dancers, paying their dues to a society that has nourished their art, publicists, promoters, techies, civic activists, community builders, passionate devotees, and folks with large living rooms that want to fill them with music.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Launch programs in the schools,provide apprenticeship scholarships to musicians (or dancers) seeking to master traditional arts forms,endow concert series,underwrite international cultural exchanges, and "seed' events, collaborating with other art groups.

Ways to make it better...

The organization realizes that many of its members developed a love of traditional folk music from the late fifties through the early seventies. It realizes its membership is aging and it is trying to engage families and young people. More of this!

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

Finding ways of bringing young people into our leadership structure so that it can improve ways of reaching young audiences and participants without diluting our commitment to very old music and dance traditions.

One thing I'd also say is that...

As a broadly participatory organization, the production rarely outweighs the process. This is a group that enjoys making events happen and generates good community feelings in the process. While good business practices prevail, FSGW is festive and fun.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?


Flag review