Cityfolk, the arts organization responsible for the Cityfolk Festival, began in 1980 as a five-event series. It quickly grew to be a cultural hub for the city of Dayton, Ohio, programming a diverse array of artists and cultures. In 1996, Cityfolk expanded its programming yet again—Dayton was chosen to host the 58th, 59th, and 60th National Folk Festivals, with Cityfolk serving as the local nonprofit in the National’s unique partnership model. When the National moved on to a new city in 1999, Cityfolk launched the Cityfolk Festival, which remained a signature event for the organization and for Dayton. After nearly three decades of impactful, community-based work, Cityfolk closed its doors in 2013.
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