Scioto Gives

is a program of

Southern Ohio Folklife


The purpose and mission of Southern Ohio Folklife is to research, support, document, and network folklife within the southern Ohio region, focusing specifically on Clermont, Brown, Highland, Adams, Ross, Pike, Scioto, Vinton, Jackson, Lawrence, and Gallia Counties. Southern Ohio Folklife engages community-centered participatory approaches and collaborative methodologies in order to center local perspectives and knowledges in complex, equitable, and inclusive representations and decision-making processes that impact local life.



Folklife refers to the ways in which people’s cultural histories and innovations inform their behavior and beliefs in the present as well as shape their visions for the future.


Programs and Services:

• Conducting collaborative ethnographic fieldwork in partnership with southern Ohio residents.

• Providing/facilitating/collaborating to produce educational programs and materials (workshops, internships, field schools, exhibits, publications, etc.) for the general public that showcase folklife practices and facilitate critical discussions about folklife.

• Providing/leading/collaborating to produce dialogue about enduring and emerging cultural topics.

• Leveraging folklife to create and test collaborative, participatory approaches and methodologies and to advocate the role of local knowledge in systemic change for social and environmental justice.


Current project:

Latine in Southern Ohio

This project seeks out individuals who are of Latin American decent in the Southern Ohio region to document their oral history through sessions aimed at listening to, documenting, and interpreting the multifaceted Latinx experience in this region.


If you know of someone who would be a good fit for this project, email



Contact Info for Southern Ohio Folklife:


Address:  PO Box 7, Friendship, OH 45630


Matching donation period will be available Oct. 20, 2022 from 8am - 8pm EDT.

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