Celebrating Woody Guthrie

The GRAMMY Museum and Woody Guthrie Foundation taught students about the history of Woody Guthrie with hour-long interactive workshops that took place in classrooms across the country in 2012. Teachers taught lessons in the weeks leading up to the class that emphasized Woody Guthrie as a voice of social change. The GRAMMY Museum-led workshop focused on students taking Woody's words and making them their own by asking them to write their own songs, relating to social issues that are important to them. 

About the Centennial

Woody Guthrie was born on July 14, 1912 in Okemah, Oklahoma. Over the decades, his songs have run around the world like a fast train on a well-oiled track. They've become the folk song standards of the nation, known and performed in many languages throughout the world. "Pretty Boy Floyd," "Pastures of Plenty," "Hard Travelin'," "Deportees," "Roll On Columbia," "Vigilante Man" and "This Land Is Your Land" are among the hundreds of his songs that have become staples in the canon of American music.

The GRAMMY Museum is partnering with the Guthrie Family, Woody Guthrie Publications, Inc. and the Woody Guthrie Archives to create and produce Centennial celebrations. The year-long celebration included a host of concerts, programs and events taking place throughout the country and around the globe.

About the Education Programs

Produced by the GRAMMY Museum’s education team, educational outreach programs for K-12 students took place in conjunction with each conference and concert.  These programs were based on the timeless themes of Guthrie’s music and invited a new generation to explore both his songs and the history behind the lyrics. Additional curriculum and educational resources are available to teachers nationwide via the GRAMMY Museum and Woody at 100 websites.