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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!
|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.
William G. Pomeroy Foundation
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 AND LORE
We are in our 2nd Year!
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.
June 30, 2017 or October 31, 2017
FOR MORE INFORMATION: The William Pomeroy Foundation at email@example.com or 315-913-4060.
Listen to the Podcast: MARKING FOLKLORE
Refugees enrich our communities with their skills, dreams, and aspirations. NYFS supports continued
resettlement in the US.
|NYSCA and NYFS present|
A Dance Showcase: “No Experience Necessary:
Social Dancing in the Southern Tier”
A program of the NYSCA Upstate Folklife Survey and Program Development – A Partnership with the New York Folklore Society
March 12, 2017
Jamestown Community College
260 N. Union Street, Olean, NY 14760
The program is FREE and open to the public.
1-3 p.m. Swedish, contra, and Seneca dancers and musicians discuss and demonstrate traditional social dances. Attendees will be invited to learn a simple dance with each group.
Featuring: Contra dance: Joe and Karen Kwiatkowski, Barbara Dyskant, and others; Swedish dance: Thule Lodge Swedish Folk Dancers and Svenska Spelmän; Seneca dance: Allegany River Indian Dancers.
3 p.m. Presentation by folklorist Hannah Davis on her documentation of traditional arts and culture in Allegany, Cattaraugus, and Chautauqua counties. Attendees will see photos from fairs, festivals, and interviews with tradition-bearers.
3:15 p.m. Q&A and feedback from participants. This is the public's opportunity to to guide future fieldwork conducted in this region. Who else should we be aware of? Are there traditions or events that are not documented but should be?
3:45 p.m. Media Availability: Dancers, musicians, and Folklorist Hannah Davis
SAVE THE DATE! “Cultural Migration:
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.
Displacement and Renewal”
A Conference of the New York Folklore Society
September 9, 2017
The Castellani Art Museum of Niagara University
The New York Folklore Society will explore the topic of migration and its impacts upon cultural information and cultural arts from a New York State lens. Details will be forthcoming.
Visit the Gallery of New York Artists at the NYFS
129 Jay Street
Tuesday-Saturday 10 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
Sunday 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
SHOP NY Traditions Online
Folk art, CDs, books, handmade gifts! Find that unique gift for someone special!
|Farm and Field: The Rural Folk Arts of the Catskill Region|
Photography by Benjamin Halpern
A photographic study in black and white, FARM AND FIELD: THE RURAL FOLK ARTS OF THE CATSKILL REGION,will be on display at the New York Folklore Society, 129 Jay Street, Schenectady beginning March 3, 2017.
The photographs of local farms and related subjects by photojournalist Benjamin Halpern is a collaborative initiative among the New York Folklore Society, Cornell Cooperative Extension of Delaware County, and Catskill Folk Connection, to document and showcase the rural folk arts rooted in the agricultural heritage of New York State. New York’s dairy industry continues to play a prominent role, but it now shares the spotlight with growers of fine foods and produce to satisfying the palate of local and regional consumers alike. The photographs highlight a variety of interactions between people and their landscape that reflect the ongoing nature of agriculture in rural Upstate New York, and will be on display at the New York Folklore Society through Memorial Day weekend.
An informal “opening reception” and curator’s talk will take place Sunday, March 5th, between noon and 2:00, at the New York Folklore Society, 129 Jay Street, Schenectady. Benjamin Halpern, photographer, and curator of the exhibit, will discuss the objectives of his photo-documentation and answer any questions. The public is invited and light refreshments will be served.
On Sunday, March 26th, also from noon to 2:00 p.m. at the New York Folklore Society, 129 Jay Street, Schenectady, Kathryn Bruning of Caprendoose Hills Farm (Washington County) will conduct a hands-on felting workshop and demonstration. Felting is the process of “matting” wool together.
All programs are free. New York Folklore Society is open Tuesday through Saturday, 10:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., and from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. on Sunday. Funding for this project made possible in part by a grant from the Schenectady County Legislature through its County Initiative Program.
|STABLE VIEWS—A moving revelation of the many essential workers and their lives on the backside of horse racing|
|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!