We are a non-profit volunteer organization with our board and membership comprised of predominantly Canadian and American artists, craftspeople and individuals interested in experiencing and preserving our unique heritage. We are headquartered in Toronto, Canada and have active local chapters in Toronto, Montreal, New York City, Chicago, and other Lithuanian communities, with membership open to individuals as well.
Lithuanian artists, folk art enthusiasts and anyone interested in studying and promoting Lithuanian art and folk art may be members. Become a member now! Write to: gro.i1553404139aftl@1553404139tcatn1553404139oc1553404139.
LFAI holds an annual general meeting each spring, bringing together artisans from across North America to exchange work and ideas, and to create and strengthen friendships and working relationships. The meeting is an occasion for lectures by special guests, as well as the presentation of new works and the opportunity to purchase books and other materials. Workshops are held during the year by various chapters. We welcome any and all artists and individuals who would be interested in leading a workshop or exhibiting their work. Please contact us at: gro.i1553404139aftl@1553404139tcatn1553404139oc1553404139
LFAI has published several books on Lithuanian folk art, some of which are available in our online shop.
During the Soviet occupation of Lithuania following World War II, Lithuanian folk artists in the North American diaspora needed a forum for communication, technical knowledge, and the preservation of Lithuanian folk art. To fulfill this need, the Lithuanian Folk Art Institute was established in 1977 by the visionary and influential folk artists Anastazija and Antanas Tamošaitis in Kingston, Ontario, Canada.
Anastazija and Antanas Tamošaitis are considered the chief champions in the cause of Lithuanian folk art in the diaspora. They dedicated their lives – not only as artists, but also as advocates of folk art – to promoting and educating in both English and Lithuanian in North America.
For additional historical information, see Our Founders.