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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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It’s an exciting time for NYFS as we reinvigorate our network and expand our impact across the state through our services and programs for the folklore field and traditional artists. Our members have been the heart and soul of the New York Folklore Society for more than 70 years, and your involvement is important to us!

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


READ the Albany Times Union report by Wendy Liberatore
Folklore Society Preserves Culture
Karenni weavings, Latino music and Battenkill River stories don’t seem to have much in common. But folklorists know they do. They all are cultural expressions that are communally shared and thus embody a way of life. If not appreciated and carefully preserved, these unifying expressions could become extinct. New York Folklore Society is ensuring that does not happen...Read the interview here.
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Saturday, November 26, 2016
Ganondagan State Historic Site and Friends of Ganondagan announce
FREE DOCUMENTARY FILM SCREENING OF OHERO:KON-UNDER THE HUSK
Mohawk filmmaker Katsitsionni Fox will be in attendance for discussion about resurgence of Rites of Passage Ceremony for young women
2-4 p.m., Seneca Art & Culture Center at Ganondagan, 7000 Cty. Rd. 41, Victor, NY

Sunday, November 27, 2016
Announcing the first annual ROOTSTOCK!
A celebration of music and local agriculture dedicated to “rooting the next generation of farmers!” Featuring Floodwood, Daisycutter, and Steamboats
6:00 p.m., TOWNE CRIER CAFE, 379 Main Street, Beacon, NY 12508 / 845-855-1300

Caffè Lena presents
Dan Berggren & Alex Smith
7:00 p.m., Caffè Lena at The Studio, Greenfield Center, Saratoga Springs, NY

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  From 5132013 Art of Community Workshop

Cultural Migration: Displacement and Renewal
A Conference of the New York Folklore Society
April 8, 2017
The Castellani Art Museum of Niagara University

Call for Papers/Presentations
Proposals due December 15, 2016

Migration across national borders reflects the conditions of an ever-changing world. The impacts of migration include the communication and sharing of cultural knowledge across geography and across ethnic and community boundaries. Migration also engenders accommodation, both from the hosting communities and the new arrivals. This shifting landscape may spark both positive and negative emotions, as hosting communities and migrants experience tensions arising from cultural intersections and differences.

The New York Folklore Society invites participants and presenters to explore the topic of migration and its impacts upon cultural information and cultural arts from a New York State lens. Topics could include the impacts of migration on healing and health; entrepreneurship in the arts; new ways of producing and re-producing cultural capital (mobilizing, enacting, validating); cultural migrations and gender; cultural migrations and a “culture” of migration; cultural migrations and intangible cultural heritage; cultural identities; or xenophobia and cultural migrations.

The New York Folklore Society views this annual conference as an opportunity to encourage graduate students and scholars in the early stages of their careers. Proposals for papers and panel presentations are being specifically solicited from emerging scholars, as well as from those working in the public sector. We also encourage presentation proposals from practitioners working in the areas of public health, education, and community activism, as well as artists representing newcomer communities. Individuals and groups are encouraged to apply. VIEW Proposal Submission Form.

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Visit the Gallery of New York Artists at the NYFS

New York Folklore Society
129 Jay Street
Schenectady, NY
Tuesday-Saturday 10 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
Sunday 10 a.m.-2 p.m.


VISIT US ON SMALL BUSINESS SATURDAY, November 26: 10 a.m.-5 p.m.,
with light refreshments. Buy local!

SHOP NY Traditions Online
Folk art, CDs, books, handmade gifts! Find that unique gift for someone special!


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LEGENDS AND LORE MARKER GRANTS

We are in our 2nd Year!
The William G. Pomeroy Foundation partnered with the New York Folklore Society in 2015 to launch a grant program to celebrate legends and folklore as part of New York’s history. In just one year, we funded 14 markers.
Legends are sometimes referred to as “folk history.” They are reports and stories that explain an unusual event, a unique person, or warn others as in a cautionary tale. Passed from person to person over time, there is often historical truth at the heart of every legend. The details, however, are often altered through oral communication.

ELIGIBILITY Grants available to 501(c)3 organizations and municipalities within New York State.
GRANT DEADLINES – Apply online at www.wgpfoundation.org
June 30, 2016 and October 31, 2016

FOR MORE INFORMATION: The William Pomeroy Foundation at info@wgpfoundation.org or 315-476-3000 x2576.

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INTRODUCING HANNAH DAVIS
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The New York Folklore Society, in collaboration with the Folk Arts Program of the New York State Council on the Arts, is pleased to announce that Hannah C. Davis is serving as the Upstate New York Regional Representative for Folk Arts. Read more...

STABLE VIEWSA moving revelation of the many essential workers and their lives on the backside of horse racing
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Stable Views offers an inside look at the thoroughbred racing industry through the words and perspectives of those who labor within its stables. NYFS Director Ellen E. McHale gathered oral narratives from those most intimately involved with racing: stable workers, exercise riders, and horse trainers who form the backbone of the industry.
160 pages (approx.), 8 x 8 inches, 45 color photographs, bibliography, index

ORDER NOW!


Listen to the Podcast: MARKING FOLKLORE
By Jessica Bloustein and Patrick Garrett
November 20, 2016

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There are historical markers all over the world. They are typically signs, placards or statues denoting some important bit of history that occurred in a particular place. But in some places, history and lore are heavily intertwined. New York State is trying something new to reflect this powerful connection. Listen here. Also available free on Itunes.
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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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