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The New York Folklore Society
celebrates the extraordinary in
everyday life, bringing focus
to traditions of our state’s
diverse peoples.

NYFS fosters the study, promotion, and continuation of folklore and folklife of New York’s diverse cultures through education, advocacy, support, and outreach.



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New York Folklore Society invites you to a Folk Arts Forum:
Democratizing the (Folk) Arts
Nonprofit Workplace

February 28, 2016
5:00–8:00 p.m.
Alliance of Resident Theatres/New York (A.R.T./New York), South Oxford Space
138 S. Oxford Street (between Hanson Place & Atlantic Ave.)
Brooklyn, NY 11217

Registration is FREE but RSVP required.
Donations to support this and other events of the New York Folklore Society are welcomed!

The New York Folklore Society invites you to a folk arts forum meeting, convening an evening Folk Arts Forum with a panel discussion, breakout sessions, and collective dialogue on the topic of “Democratizing the Arts nonprofit Workplace.” The program will present various perspectives approaching this topic.

In June 2014, the New York City Council voted to approve a $1.2 million initiative in the City’s annual budget to fund the development of worker cooperatives, also known as “the solidarity economy.” The structure of the 501c3 arts nonprofit can lend itself to this more egalitarian, dialogic, and cooperative work styles and practices. This forum will generate and document a varied and critical conversation about best practices in the (folk) arts nonprofit field (aka public sector ethnography/culture work) and explore several different schools of thought about how more sustainable and more democratic ways of working together in the field of folk arts may be achieved.

Speakers include Andy Kolovos and Kathleen Haughey of the Vermont Folklife Center; Selina Morales, Executive Director of the Philadelphia Folklore Project; Joe Rinehart,Cooperative Developer and Strategist; Jenna Peters-Golden, a Philadelphia-based member of the AORTA (Anti-Oppression Resources and Training Alliance) Cooperative; Maida Rosenstein of UAW Local 2110; and Lisa Rathje, Director of Folklife Programs, Company of Folk of Chicago.

Questions? Email nyfs@nyfolklore.org or call us at 518.346.7008. FIND out more here...


STABLE VIEWS—A moving revelation of the many essential workers and their lives on the backside of horse racing

stableviews-bk-300 Stable Views offers an inside look at the thoroughbred racing industry through the words and perspectives of those who labor within its stables. In more than 14 years of field research, NYFS Director Ellen E. McHale traveled throughout the Eastern Seaboard, Kentucky, and Louisiana to gather oral narratives from those most intimately involved with racing: the stable workers, exercise riders, and horse trainers who form the backbone of the industry. She interviewed workers at Saratoga, Belmont, Tampa Bay Downs, Keeneland, the Evangeline Training Center in Louisiana, and the Palm Meadows Training Center in Florida.
160 pages (approx.), 8 x 8 inches, 45 color photographs, bibliography, index



See author Ellen McHale interviewed on Schenectady Today In & Around the Capital Region (11/24/15)


2016 NYFS Conference!

vernacular architecture
Photo by Ellen McHale
Crisis of Place: Preserving Folk & Vernacular Architecture in NY

Saturday, April 2, 2016
The Cooper Union, Rose Auditorium
New York City

⇒  Registration is free. RSVP is required!
⇒  See Conference Schedule.
⇒  Sponsorships available.

In this one-day conference, folklorists, architects, historic preservationists, museum professionals, community members, and students will come together to address questions concerning the significant crisis in our understanding of everyday landscapes and the built environment:

What is the folk and vernacular architecture of New York State? What makes it “folk” or “vernacular?”

How are the conditions of urban and rural life in 2016 challenging traditional architectural practices among various ethnic and regional communities?

Who is sustaining vernacular design and construction in the face of globalization and gentrification, and why?

Join us for an invigorating discussion in plenary and panel presentations featuring: Dr. Michael Ann Williams (Western Kentucky University); Dr. Andrew Dolkart (Columbia University); Chris Mulé (Brooklyn Arts Council); Joseph Sciorra (John C. Calandra Institute, Queens College); Molly Garfinkel (Place Matters, City Lore); Magali Regis (NYC Community Garden Coalition, Sustainable Architecture); Cynthia Falk (Cooperstown Graduate Program in Material Culture); Dr. Kay Turner (President, American Folklore Society); Hanna Griff-Sleven (Eldridge Street Synagogue); Maria Kennedy (Arts Council of the Southern Finger Lakes); Nancy Solomon (Long Island Traditions); Julie Tay (Mencius Society of the Arts); Annie Polland (Lower East Side Tenement Museum); Dr. Gabrielle A. Berlinger (University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill); and graduate students specializing in folk and vernacular architecture. READ more about the conference here...

Refugees enrich our
communities with their skills, dreams, and aspirations. NYFS supports continued
resettlement in the US.

The New York Folklore Society received the 2015 Building Block Award from the Downtown Schenectady Improvement Corporation (DSIC). Pictured are Jim Salengo of the DSIC; Laurie Longfield, Gallery Manager; Ellen McHale, Executive Director; and Marcia Moss, Development Director with Richard Antokol, DSIC Board President. (NYFS staff not pictured are Patti Mason, Website Manager and Voices Copy Editor; Todd DeGarmo, Voices Acquisitions Editor; and Eileen Condon, NYC Regional Representative.)
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The New York Folklore Society’s programs are made possible in part with public funds from the Folk Arts Program of the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature. Additional funding is provided by the National Endowment for the Arts, The William Gundry Broughton Charitable Trust, The Arthur Z. Solomon Charitable Trust, Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor, New York Council on the Humanities, Stewarts’ Corporation, IBM Corporation, the Community Loan Fund of the Greater Capital Region, the Rotary Club of Schenectady, and Schenectady County Initiative Program.

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