Foley Middle School students visited the Kentucky Folk Art Center at Morehead State University to gain an appreciation for traditional Kentucky works. The Kentucky Folk Art Center is the only art museum in Appalachian Kentucky, and it is renowned for its one-of-a-kind collection of self-taught visual art.
Students were taught the origin of the banjo and how it affected Appalachian music. A lot of traditional folk music is inspired or passed down from Irish folk music. Students sang along with a museum guide playing the banjo; the “Chewing Gum” song was repeatedly sung on the bus ride back to school!
The museum’s Outreach Educator, Susan Hawkins, gave the students a personal guided tour. All works of art are Kentucky made, with works from Fayette and Madison in the mix. Wooden canes are a very popular form of folk art and the ones on display were elaborately carved and painted. Subject matter ranged from biblical scenes to genre to found art. A great experience for students to see what is available in their own backyards.