Boston is recognized for being the Folk capital of the United States. The Folk Americana Roots Hall of Fame will become the epicenter, honoring the past, celebrating the present, and nurturing the next generation of Folk, Americana, and Roots music.

For over 30 years, access to the arts for all has been core to the Boch Center’s non-profit mission. The Folk Americana Roots Hall of Fame's rich offerings are an extension of the Center’s award-winning community and education programs.

Education is key to helping our youth understand and appreciate the music, its history and its impact on our daily lives. Having an understanding of music from different cultures and backgrounds helps us understand our common history, appreciate our differences, and become more open-minded, engaging citizens. 


By providing educational opportunities for everyone, we can highlights and preserve  the music that is so crucial to our shared cultural heritage. Through workshops, lectures, educational tours and more, we can pass on the knowledge, passion and skills that are essential to appreciating and celebrating the music.


Educational Opportunities

The Folk Americana Roots Hall of Fame partners with New York Times bestselling author Peter H. Reynolds and Grammy nominated Yusuf/Cat Stevens to inspire youth from inner-city Boston Public Schools. Reynolds reads two of his books, The Dot and Peace Train, to the children visiting the Wang Theatre, and Yusuf joins by video to share a message of hope and peace. Yusuf/Cat Steven’s Peace Train song, which is a cry for peace and understanding, was released on the Teaser and the Firecat album in 1971. Together, Reynolds and Yusuf/Cat Stevens encourage the kids to “create bravely” and “join the Peace Train.” For more information on this partnership and to participate in a future reading please email 

Interactive Educational Tours

Interactive Educational Tours are available in our Cultural Heroes Exhibit. Students will learn about the Civil Rights Movement among a collection of seven larger-than-life clay sculptures of artists who shaped its soundtrack: Bessie Smith, Billie Holiday, Lead Belly, Paul Robeson, Woody Guthrie, Marian Anderson, and Josh White. 

In addition to the Cultural Heroes Exibit and the Folk Americana Roots Hall of Fame's other exhibits, our team would be happy to work with you to handcraft a unique field trip that best meets your curriculum and needs.