Traditional arts are passed down from one generation to the next within families and communities and are regarded by the community as part of their heritage. These activities can include music, dance, storytelling, crafts, skills, and celebrations. Communities can be defined in many ways, such as groups that share the same, language, geographic area, ethnic heritage, occupation, or way of life. A folk or traditional artist is a person who learned her/his art informally, by word of mouth, and through examples in the community. Hello Neighbor! is a way we can help share these community resources with classrooms in Idaho.
Why bring a folk or traditional artist to interact with Idaho students?
Since the folk and traditional arts are part of everyday life, it is both appropriate and enriching to bring artists from different groups to demonstrate skills and share their knowledge with students and faculty. These interactions help students develop:
- new perspectives about themselves, their culture, and the culture of others
- intergenerational communication skills
- connections to other areas of study: Idaho history, music, language arts, social studies