A nonprofit arts organization, Cityfolk began in 1980 as a grassroots project to organize traditional and ethnic arts events in the Dayton area. It brought the National Folk Festival to Dayton from 1996 through 1998, and sponsored an annual folk festival through 2013, when loss of major funding and two years of bad weather forced cancellation of the festival and eventual disbanding of the organization. Some of the more notable bluegrass events sponsored or co-sponsored by the organization include the Buckeye Barndance at the Victory Theatre in 1985,the Dayton Bluegrass Reunion at Memorial Hall in 1989, and the Earl Scruggs: Family and Friends banjo workshop and concert at the Nutter Center in 2002. The organization was guided through the first eighteen years of its existence by founder Phyllis Brzozowska.

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