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Voices: The Journal of New York Folklore is back on track, with leadership provided by the editorial/production team of Todd DeGarmo, Patti Mason, Laurie Longfield, and Desktop Solutions. The most current issue was mailed early in 2015.
|Stable Views: Voices and Stories from the Thoroughbred Racetrack|
Based upon research by NYFS Executive Director, Ellen McHale, through an Archie Green Fellowship in Occupational Folklore from the Library of Congress, this exhibition portrays the workers in the “backstretch” of the thoroughbred racetracks. Through photographs and their reflections of work in their own words, it portrays the work and workers behind the scenes within thoroughbred racing. The exhibition features the paintings of Sarah Camele Arnold, handmade objects by riders and trainers, and video. At The Folklife Center of Crandall Public Library, Glens Falls through December 2014. Read more...
Photo of exercise rider, Roger Horgan, checking his
tack at the Palm Meadows Training Facility, Florida. Photo by Ellen McHale.
SEE Executive Director
on Schenectady Today,
February 25, 2014.
|The New York Folklore Society:
70 Years of Service|
We at the New York Folklore Society thank you for your support and look forward to working with you in 2015. Here are a few highlights from 2014, a busy and productive year:
Technical Assistance and Professional Development:
NYFS partnered with SALT (Schoharie Area Long Term) Recovery and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) to train volunteers in the techniques and methodologies of oral history interviewing to capture the narratives of those impacted by flooding caused by Hurricane Irene and those who volunteered to assist in the recovery efforts. NYFS is working to ensure an archival home for recorded narratives, as well as collaborating with Long Island Traditions for a national exhibit on responses to climate change and weather events which will open in 2016.
In conjunction with the Veteran’s History Project of the Library of Congress, the New York Folklore Society conducted a July, 2014, oral history training at Hogansburg, NY for volunteer interviewers interested in capturing the experiences of Haudenosaunee Mohawk Veterans.
The annual New York State Folk Arts Roundtable, took place in Troy, NY, in December 2014. A program of the Folk Arts Program of the New York State Council on the Arts, the NYS Folk Arts Roundtable is a professional development program for those involved in folk arts documentation and presentation in the state. The Roundtable, held in collaboration with the Sanctuary for Independent Media in Troy, attracted more than 40 participants from throughout New York State.
In collaboration with the Boys and Girls Clubs of Schenectady, NYFS worked throughout November and December 2014, within Central Park Middle School’s Afterschool Program to explore cultural approaches to health. Working with middle-school age youth in a folk arts in education format, NYFS Folklorist, Lisa Overholser, explored health, wellness, and diet from diverse cultural perspectives.
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Around the State
In March 2014, in collaboration with Catskills’ Maple Weekends, a New York Folklore Society sponsored photographic exhibition on Catskill’s dairy heritage by photographer, Benjamin Halpern, debuted at two Delaware County locations.
In June 2014, the New York Folklore Society participated in Schenectady’s Kids’ Arts Festival, with support for hands-on demonstrations of henna art and making traditional “bibbi,” or fans, by members of Utica’s Somali Bantu community.
A “Sundays on the Canal” Series, in collaboration with the Town of Brockport, presented local and regional artists for an Erie Canal themed performance series in July and August 2014. This series was supported by a grant from the Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor, and was presented in collaboration with the Erie Canal Museum, Syracuse.
“Stable Views: Voices and Stories from the Thoroughbred Racetrack” opened at The Folklife Center of Crandall Public Library, Glens Falls, in August 2014 with viewing through December 2014. This exhibition is funded in part by the Alfred Z Solomon Trust, and the New York Council for the Humanities. It will travel to Flushing Town Hall, Queens and Traditional Arts of Upstate New York, Canton in 2015. A portable version will also travel to China in March 2015, to be viewed at the New York Institute of Technology, Nanjing Campus.
Ellen McHale, PhD
Executive Director, New York Folklore Society
Laurie Longfield, Gallery and Voices Manager
Todd DeGarmo, Voices Acquisition Editor
Patti Mason, Voices Copy Editor and Website Administrator
Visit the New York Folklore Society’s
Gallery of NY Traditions
|Henry Arquette receives the
National Endowment for
the Arts National Heritage
Fellowship Award for 2014|
NEA Heritage Fellow Henry Arquette with NEA Chairman Jane Chu. Photo by Tom Pich. Photo courtesy of NEA.
On September 17,
2014, Henry Arquette
received the highest
award that this nation
offers to folk and
traditional artists. A
maker of utilitarian
baskets held in high
regard by his Haudenosaunee
Mohawk community, Henry Arquette
was one of nine award honorees for
2014, and the only artist from New York State
to receive the National Endowment for the
Arts National Heritage Fellowship Award for
2014. READ more from the Director’s Column in Voices Fall-Winter 2013.
|Ask the New York Folklore|
Technical assistance and professional development opportunities are now available from the New York Folklore Society, through support from the New York State Council on the Arts, Folk Arts Program.
Support is also available for travel to attend conferences or to observe a colleague or fellow artist. Sound interesting? Email the New York Folklore Society or read more here.