The Stakeholder Program is a way for you to directly support the Western Folklife Center programs and projects that are the most meaningful to you. More than your financial interest, your involvement also expresses your personal interest in our mission to ensure that western culture and traditions continue and thrive. Your initial or ongoing contribution of $250 or more to the program of your choice demonstrates that you value the rural American West and its expressive arts. You have the opportunity to determine where your contributions are directed. Our current priorities are:
By allowing you to focus your gift on the programs you care about, the Stakeholder Program is fundamentally different from our Membership Program, which provides benefits such as early access to National Cowboy Poetry Gathering tickets. The Stakeholder Program is an individual giving program. Becoming a stakeholder does not make you a member, but most stakeholders choose to also become members.
The Western Folklife Center is a non-profit 501c(3) organization. All donations go to support the mission of the Western Folklife Center. Your contribution may be tax deductible. Please consult your tax advisor for more information.
National Cowboy Poetry Gathering poets and musicians
|International cultural programs - Baja Vaqueros at the 31st Gathering
Over the years the National Cowboy Poetry Gathering has frequently hosted representatives of cattle and horse cultures from around the world. These exchanges set us apart from other gatherings and have fostered many cross-cultural exchanges and international friendships. You can contribute to the cost of international travel expenses, special exhibitions, performances and other elements of these unique programs. Click here to donate now.
The Media Department celebrates stories of culture and community from the rural West through radio features for NPR, television documentaries for PBS, and multimedia content for the Web. We also empower rural westerners to tell their own stories with our Deep West Video program. All of our programming is labor-intensive and requires extensive fieldwork and research in addition to careful production. Donations of $1000 or more to Media Programs make you an Associate Producer on a current production. Click here to donate now.
The Western Folklife Center produces and hosts exhibitions in its Wiegand Gallery in Elko, as well as online and traveling exhibitions that grow out of original fieldwork and research as well as collaborative work with artists, cultural specialists and other museums. Producing an exhibition from the ground up requires research, curation, production, shipping, installation, insurance and maintenance. Your stakeholder contribution can help ensure that our unique exhibits continue to be of the highest quality. Click here to donate now.
Keeping the doors open and the lights on at the Pioneer Hotel, and paying the dedicated and talented staff is critical to the ability of the Western Folklife Center to function. Without this infrastructure, we would be unable to present the educational programs and entertainment that you value. While an unrestricted donation to our general operations many not be the splashiest choice for your support, it will help us maintain our beautiful building and continue to support the high-quality programs that you love. Click here to donate now.
Educational programs for children/youth
|The Western Folklife center provides workshops, tours and performances for youth during the National Cowboy Poetry Gathering and throughout the year in Elko. Roughly 7,000 schoolchildren participate in programs during the Gathering, including home-schooled and rural children. This is a wonderful way to provide young people with information and perspective on western culture. Click here to donate now.|