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!
A successful culmination of the Karen and Karenni Micro-enterprise project (supported by the NYSCA Apprenticeship program and Empire State Development) was a sales opportunity at the Schenectady Greenmarket in 2015.It was a great opportunity to talk about refugee resettlement in the Capital District and the fine work being done by these weavers.
Refugees enrich our communities with their skills, dreams, and aspirations. NYFS supports continued resettlement in the US.
STABLE VIEWS—A moving revelation of the many essential workers and their lives on the backside of horse racing
See author Ellen McHale interviewed on Schenectady Today In & Around the Capital Region (11/24/15)
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
William G. Pomeroy Foundation
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.
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. A native of Noblesville, Indiana, Hannah holds a BA in Folklore and Ethnomusicology from Indiana University and an MA in Folk Studies from Western Kentucky University. Previously, Hannah worked as a program coordinator for Traditional Arts Indiana, and as an intern for the Smithsonian’s Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage and the American Folklore Society.
As the Upstate Regional Representative, Hannah will carry out field research on traditional music, dance, material culture, occupational traditions, narrative, occupational folklife, and other customary practices and identify traditions and folk artists. Her service area includes the southwestern counties of Allegany, Chatauqua and Cattaraugus, and a large portion of Central New York (Tompkins, Cayuga, Seneca, Yates, Wayne, Ontario).
The New York Folklore Society is partnering with the Folk Arts Program of the New York State Council on the Arts for this important new position. With her assistance, NYFS hopes to better serve all of New York. Please give us a call at 518.346.7008 or email us if you’d like additional information, or if you know of an artist or cultural tradition that should be documented.
Read an interview with Hannah by Jason Baird Jackson, Director of the Mathers Museum of World Cultures at Indiana University Bloomington.