Community Outreach

Folk Alliance International conducts community outreach during the conference as part of its charitable mission.

Children's Mercy Hospital - photo by Neale Eckstein

Children's Mercy Hospital & Ronald McDonald House

The Ronald McDonald House (RMH) provides, “a home away from home for sick children and their families,” providing lodging, meals, activities, and tremendous support to families with prolonged hospital stays. Children’s Mercy Hospital (CMH) is a nationally recognized and award-winning comprehensive pediatric medical center that integrates clinical care, research, and medical education to provide care for patients ages birth to 21.

Thursday, Feb 17: 10:30am-11:30am (CMH)
Thursday, Feb 17: 1:30pm-2:30pm (RMH)
Friday, Feb 18: 12pm-1pm (CMH)

Each outreach requires a 2-hour time commitment. You can sign up for one or all sessions.

To sign up, please click here.

Questions? Contact Cheryl Duckett at or 979.277.8283.

Prep KC

Folk in the Schools, now in its second year, is Folk Alliance’s outreach program whose primary focus of offering Kansas City schools and students the opportunity to interact with national and international folk musicians during the conference. Folk in the Schools’ activities range from acoustic performance in small or large groups, workshops, and one-on-one student interaction.

This year, we are working with a local Kansas City organization PrepKC, an organization whose mission is to create and implement strategies to improve college and career preparation for Kansas City’s urban students. Through PrepKC, we are building relationships with local Title I schools such as Harmon High School, Grandview High School, and Smith-Hale Middle School.

Mission Statement

The mission of Folk Alliance International is to nurture, engage, and empower the international folk music community - traditional and contemporary, amateur and professional - through education, advocacy and performance.

Additional Conference Events

2017 FAI Conference

DATE: February 15-19, 2017

LOCATION: Westin Crown Center Hotel, Kansas City, MO, USA