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Sunday, July 3, 2016
World Music Institute (WMI) announces
King Sunny Adé
with Orlando Julius and The Afro Soundz & Rich Medina
3 p.m.
Summer Stage, Central Park, New York, NY
Free concert
We are thrilled to open our next season with a rare US appearance by Nigerian superstar King Sunny Adé, presented with our new partner SummerStage. Legendary singer, composer, multi-instrumentalist and master of Nigeria’s hugely popular Juju music, King Sunny Adé and His African Beats—a cadre of 17 musicians and singers and a rotation of 5 dancers—return to the United States for the first time since 2009. All-time legend of Nigerian music, Orlando Julius, plays classic Afrobeat with a psychedelic twist, heading into new and exciting directions. Few artists have been more crucial to the invention, development, and popularization of Afro-pop than Orlando Julius. Over a two-decade career, Rich Medina has been DJ’ing, producing, writing and creating global music and dance events. From his humble beginnings as a young b-boy-turned-DJ in Lakewood, NJ, to his current status manning the decks as one of the most popular DJ’s in Philadelphia and New York, Medina has been taking crowds on a multiethnic sonic journey through hip-hop, house, Afrobeat, funk and soul. Doors open at 2:00 p.m. and entrance is first come, first served until capacity is reached. The concert begins at 3:00 p.m. and is expected to go until 7:00 p.m.

Thursday, July 7, 2016
Friends of Ganondagan announce
7-9 p.m.
Seneca Art & Culture Center at Ganondagan, 7000 County Road 41, Victor, NY
Call 585-742-1690 for more information
Doors open at 6:30 p.m., and food will be available for purchase.
Ganondagan Youth-sponsored series made possible through Foundation for the Future. This new open mic and coffee house is open to all ages, and is free and open to the public. Musicians should be prepared to play two to three songs; PA system and mic provided.

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July 9–10, 2016
Shaker Heritage Society of Albany announces
Shaker Craft Fair and Country Picnic
10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Shaker Heritage Society, 25 Meeting House Road, Albany, NY 12211, 518-456-7890
$4 per person or $3 with this ad, SHS members, military, and under 18 admitted free
Enjoy the beautiful upstate NY summer as you explore the booths of dozens of local and regional artisans on the grounds of the Shaker Heritage Society. A Family Activity Tent will offer games and activities for kids of all ages. Enjoy the sounds of live music, explore the bountifully blooming heritage herb garden, and learn about the history of the site with guided tours at 11:30 and 1:30. Fair food and pie will be available for purchase. This event helps to support local businesses and a small non-for-profit. All proceeds from admission go toward to Society’s education and preservation programs.

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July 14–17, 2016
Grey Fox Bluegrass Festival
A Who’s Who of Bluegrass in the Beautiful Catskill Mountains
A gathering of music, learning, family & friends
Walsh Farm, 1 Poultney Road (off County Route 22), Oak Hill, NY 12460
Ticket sales begin January 2
40+ Bands * 5 Stages * Workshops * Emerging Artist Showcase * Dancing * Children’s Performers * Bluegrass Academy for Kids * Camping * Jamming * Food & Craft Vendors & A Whole Lot More!

Monday, July 11, 2016
The Ashokan Center presents
All Star Guitar Concert
Ashokan Center, Conservation Hall, 477 Beaverkill Rd., Olivebridge, NY 12461, 845-657-8333
Tickets are $15 advanced purchase online, $20 on the day of the show.
You won’t want to miss this very special concert featuring our ultra-talented camp staff of guitar greats! Denis Chang & Will Dickerson, Molly Mason, Beppe Gambetta, Jefferson Hamer, Mike Dowling, Del Rey, and Peter Davis will entertain with blues, country, Bluegrass, blues and jazz/swing and more. Join us for the Monday night concert or for the entire Guitar Camp, July 11–15, 2016.

Monday, July 11–Friday, July 15, 2016
The Ashokan Center presents
Acoustic Guitar Camp
Swing, Blues, Gypsy Jazz, Folk and Country—plus practical music theory, mini-concerts, jam sessions and song swaps. World class guitar instruction featuring a variety of levels and styles including flatpicking, fingerpicking and more!
Ashokan Center, 477 Beaverkill Rd., Olivebridge, NY 12461, 845-657-8333
Tuition and Meals:
Tuition includes all classes, dances, workshops, and meals. Work exchange and youth scholarships are available. Early Bird prices good through February 1, 2016. Register now and save!
$595 Adult (Early Bird $575)
$495 Ages 13-25 (Early Bird $475)
$395 Ages 5-12 (Early Bird $375)
$395 Parent/Guardian* (Early Bird $375)
Children under 5 are free
Ashokan Acoustic Guitar Camp offers guitarists of all levels an opportunity for real immersion and growth on the instrument in a friendly environment where people can sing, jam and share valuable musical information. You’ll come away with new repertoire and techniques, a reinvigorated sense of direction and purpose, and a greater confidence and joy in creating music. There’ll be classes in blues, country, finger-picking, flat-picking, Bluegrass, blues and jazz/swing melody and accompaniment. Levels from beginner to advanced will allow you to hone your existing skills or try something new. Each instructor will offer two classes a day. There are four 90 minute class periods each day with four classes each period. You’ll have the opportunity to study with more than one instructor and take as many as four classes a day. While it’s best to stick with a class for all three days, you are free to switch if you find a class doesn’t suit your needs. Evenings will include hosted jams, mini-concerts and presentations, where instructors will talk about and demonstrate their musical influences, share their iPods and answer questions.

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Wednesday, July 13, 2016
Museum at Eldridge Street presents
Jane Jacobs Centennial Lecture: Ronald Shiffman, Mindy Thompson Fulilove & Sandy Ikeda
6:30 p.m.
Museum at Eldridge Street, 12 Eldridge Street, New York, NY 10002, 212.219.088
RSVP: Pay what you wish
Shiffman is planner, architect, and NYC community development leader; Fulilove is a psychiatrist interested in the links between the environment and mental health); and Ikeda is a Professor of Economics at Purchase College.

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Saturday, July 16, 2016
Save the Date! Hammond Museum presents
Cultural Arts Day
Hammond Museum, 28 Deveau Rd., North Salem, NY 10560, 914-669-5033
Thai Music and dancing by North East Thai Association. Ikebana demonstrations. More details coming soon.

July 16 & 17, 2016
Iroquois Indian Museum presents
A Legacy of Excellence: The Living Traditions of Haudenosaunee Basket, Bead, and Antler Work
Sat 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Sun 1-5 p.m.
Iroquois Indian Museum, 324 Caverns Road, Howes Cave, NY 12092
Cost: $8 adults/$6.50 elders and students/$5 youth 5–12 years/under 5 years free
Contact: 518-296-8949
Legacy will bring Haudenosaunee beadworkers Niio Perkins (Mohawk) and Bryan Printup (Tuscarora) to the IIM to engage visitors with their art, its foundations, and its ever-evolving expression. Perkins is highly respected for her elegant designs, meticulous craftsmanship, and command of historic beadwork aesthetics. Printup’s understated, resplendently executed works have earned him special recognition in the highly competitive settings of the Eiteljorg, Southwest Association for American Indian Arts (Santa Fe) and the NMAI Art Market, Smithsonian (Washington, DC).

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Monday, July 17–Friday, July 23, 2016
The Ashokan Center presents
Northern Week
New England, Quebecois, English and Scandi music and dance
Ashokan Center, 477 Beaverkill Rd., Olivebridge, NY 12461, 845-657-8333
Tuition and Meals:
Adults $775
Youth ages 13–25 $575
Children ages 5–12 $475
Children under 5 Free
Tuition for the 2016 camp includes all meals, classes and activities. Work exchange positions and youth scholarships are available. Lodging is additional.
Contras, squares, English dances, Scandinavian turning dances, fiddle, nyckelharpa, guitar, piano, singing, calling, band clinics, dance parties, jam sessions, song swaps and more!
Contra & Catskill Squares Dance Party & BBQ — Saturday Before Camp. Not coming to Northern Week? You can still come to the Saturday Dinner/Dance! Open to campers who need an extra night of music, dancing and great Ashokan food and to folks who can’t join us for the whole camp this year. Dance-only, BBQ-only or Dance+BBQ tickets on sale now. Also available as an add-on during online registration for camp.

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July 21–24, 2016
Finger Lakes Annual GrassRoots Festival of Music & Dance
Trumansburg Fairgrounds, 2150 Trumansburg Rd, Trumansburg, NY 14886
Holiday Special - $100 (Thanksgiving - February 1)
Early Bird Special - $110 (February 1 - May 1)
Advance - $125 (May 2 - July 20)
At the Gate - $150 (July 21 - July 24)

The 26th Annual FingerLakes GrassRoots Festival of Music and Dance will be held on July 21̵;24, 2016. The festival is presented over a four-day period (Thursday–Sunday) on four stages which run ridiculously long hours to accommodate the 60 some bands that play the festival. The GrassRoots Festival is fun for the whole family. The 2016 lineup will be posted in spring 2016.

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July 22–24, 2016
Cranberry Dulcimer & Autoharp Gathering
Celebrating 40 Years
Friday, July 22, 3:00 p.m. —Sunday, July 24, 2:00 p.m.
Calvary United Methodist Chruch, 15 Ridge Place, Latham, NY
Featured 2016 Performers: Steve Schneider, Karen Mueller, Sarah Morgan. $10 Membership supports the Gathering and gets you the quarterly enewsletter.

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Saturday, July 23, 2016
Shaker Heritage Society of Albany announces
Shaker Herb Garden Program with Cathie Gifford
10:30 a.m.
Shaker Heritage Society, 25 Meeting House Road, Albany, NY 12211, 518-456-7890
$10 per person
The Watervliet Shakers had an extensive industry in producing herbal medicines, teas, vegetable, and flower seeds and other products and sold these items throughout the US and internationally. Join gardener and SHS volunteer Cathie Gifford to learn more about the Shaker herb and seed industry, followed by a walk in our heritage herb garden, where you can see and smell over 100 varieties of plants historically grown and used by the Shakers. Pre-registration is required by July 20th.

July 23–July 24, 2016
Friends of Ganondagan announce
10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Seneca Art & Culture Center at Ganondagan, 7000 County Road 41, Victor, NY
Call 585-742-1690 for more information
General admission: $12/adults; $10/seniors (62+); $7/students with ID (18+); $5/children (3-18). Friends of Ganondagan members: $8/adults; $6/seniors; $3/students; $2/children. Free for all children 2 and under.
The special 25th anniversary celebration of this signature event attracts visitors from around the country and the world. Featured headliners is singer/songwriter Darryl Tonemah (Kiowa/Comanche /Tuscarora) with his acoustic back-up band. Tonemah’s performances combine the energy of rock, the intelligence of folk, and the heart of country to create a musical niche he calls “Native Americana.” Traditional and contemporary Seneca and Haudenosaunee culture including music, dance, art and food bring together a diversity of guests and experiences. Made possible in part by the New York State Council on the Arts.

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July 26–28, 2016
Teaching the Hudson Valley announces its
2016 Summer Institute—Find your park, historic site, museum: Gain a classroom
View schedule online
FDR Home and Presidential Library, Henry A. Wallace Vistitor and Education CenterRoosevelt-Vanderbilt NHS, 4097 Albany Post Rd, Hyde Park, NY 12538
Register online.
For more information, contact Debi Duke, 845-229-9116, ext. 2035, info@teachingthehudsonvalley.org
Read on for a taste of what's planned for this year’s institute.

HISTORY Discover what national, state, and private historic sites have for you. Learn from: * Thomas Cole NHS * Clermont SHS * Mt. Gulian Historic Site * NYS Museum * Crailo SHS * Schuyler Mansion SHS * NYS Capitol * Shaker Heritage Society * Underground RR History Project * Putnam History Museum * Boscobel House and Gardens * Ellis Island Nationall Museum of Immigration & Statue of Liberty National Monument

NATURE Think outside the box. Use the natural world to teach a world of subjects. Ideas from: NYS DEC Estuary Program Program * Scenic Hudson * Winnakee Nature Preserve * Center for the Urban River at Beczak * West Point Foundry Preserve * Nat'l Estuarine Reserve * Esopus Meadows Preserve * Clearwater

CULTURE * Stories about behaviors, beliefs, values, and symbols for kids and classrooms
* Listen as musician and composer T. K. Blue tells Solomon Northup’s story.
* View iconic art and design at the Albany Institute of History & Art, Shaker Heritage Society, and more.
* Savor gardens and food ways with the Sylvia Center at Katchkie Farm, Clermont SHS, the Roosevelt-Vanderbilt NHS, and Boscobel.
* Experience drama with professional actors and Jay Heritage Center.
* Find out how Statue of Liberty National Monument and Ellis Island National Museum of Immigration use the arts to promote critical thinking.

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Saturday, July 30, 2016
Iroquois Indian Museum presents
A Song, A Dance, and a Story to Be Told: Haudenosaunee Singing Society
12 and 2 p.m.
Iroquois Indian Museum, 324 Caverns Road, Howes Cave, NY 12092
Cost: $8 adults/$6.50 elders and students/$5 youth 5–12 years/under 5 years free
Contact: 518-296-8949
Featured presenters, The Newtown Women’s Singing Society from Cattaraugus Reservation, Seneca Nation Territory in western NY. By tradition, Haudenosaunee singing societies gather to present their songs to raise money for individuals and families in their communities in need. The Newtown Women’s group proudly carry on this important, community-based art form.

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pomeroy-450William G. Pomeroy Foundation

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.

Calpulli Mexican Dance Company announces
Calpulli Community Starts a New Year
Classes resume in Queens & Staten Island

In 2016, Calpulli Community celebrates 10 years in Queens and 5 years in Staten Island. The donation-based program continues to serve youth and adults with enriching dance and music training. Visit our website for the following:

Youth Dance in Queens
Youth Dance in Staten Island
Adult Beginner Dance in Queens
Accordion & Guitar in Queens

Community programs in dance and music are led by Calpulli’s teaching artists and focus on the regional dance and musical traditions of Mexico. The training incorporates lessons in history, fundamentals in dance and music, team work, and supports a healthy, active lifestyle. The programs are low cost or by voluntary donation.

Old Songs presents
Make Your Own Music Nights

Old Songs, 37 South Main Street, Voorheesville, NY 12186-0466, (518) 765-2815

These are monthly gatherings intended to foster community participation in music making. Come and join in the fun!

Open Mic 7:30-10:30 p.m., 1st Wednesday of the Month
Strut your stuff and share your talent! Walk in and sign up to play (15 minutes). Local performer Kate Blain will host. $3 cover charge.

Pickin’ & Singin’ Gatherin’ 1:00-4:00 p.m., 2nd Sunday of the Month (October–May)
A sing-around for the whole family.

Contra Dance Tunes 7:00-9:00 p.m., 2nd Wednesday of the Month (September–May)
Playing for dancing with rhythm and style. Build your skills and dance tune repertoire. All instruments and skill levels welcome. Leader: Terri Lukačko. $3 donation.

African Drum Class 7:00-8:30 p.m., 3rd Monday of the Month (September–May)
Study African drumming. Participants will learn authentic drumming from many countries in West Africa. Emphasis will be on traditional rhythms and drumming techniques on djembes, dunduns and other hand drums. Please join us for this fun filled class. All levels are welcomed. Some drums may be available to borrow on a first come, first served basis. Instructor John Dickson. Email oldsongs@oldsongs.org or call 518-765-2815 for more info. Class fee: $15.
*November’s African Drum Class will meet on the 3rd Tuesday, Nov 17.

Traditional Irish Slow Session 7:30-9:00 p.m., 3rd Wednesday of the Month (October–May)
This is a friendly, repertoire-building opportunity to play your new tunes slowly and work on your old tunes at a reasonable tempo. We will focus specifically on traditional Irish music, and all Irish-appropriate instruments are welcome (i.e., wooden flute, tin whistle, concertina, button or piano accordion, guitar, bouzouki, mandolin, fiddle, harp). We encourage tape recorders, and focus on learning tunes by ear. Music stands and continuous use of sheet music discouraged. Bring snacks to share. Small donation requested to cover building expenses. Questions? Contact Hilary Schrauf at 518-424-8701. $4 donation.

Sunday Four Poetry 3:00 p.m., 4th Sunday of the Month (September–June)
Open Mic with featured poets. “Dedicated to the convivial understanding and practice of poesy’s gift to human joy” Hosted by Dennis Sullivan, Edie Abrams and Michael Burke. Contact: 518-469-0202. Donation.

Aussie Bush Band Jam 7:00-9:00 p.m., 4th Wednesday of the Month (September–May)
Come and learn some tunes from Tasmania, New South Wales, and Victoria. Join in with acoustic instruments. Squeezeboxes and lagerphones encouraged. We might even sing a song. Some sheet music will be provided, but the tunes are also very accessible for playing by ear. All skill levels are welcome and listeners, too. Leader: Terri Lukačko. $3 donation.

Erie Canal National Heritage Corridor announces
MUSIC ON THE CANAL: Summer Sunday Night Concerts at the Gazebo
June – August (Sundays), Amity Street, Spencerport

The Village of Spencerport is please to announce the schedule for thjs year’s concert series. All concerts are held on Sunday evenings during the months of June, July, and August from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. (except for 7/24/16 5:30 p.m. to 8:30bp.m.)

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August 28      
Johnny Bauer & Great Escape
*No Concert* — Fireman’s Carnival*
Kevin Fady–Music Makers Band
Don Newcomb–Don Newcomb Band
Ted Rothenburg–Boone’s Farm
The Coupe DeVilles
Ryan Klatt – Brick Band
The Tandem Brothers sponsored by Jim Barton’s Parkside Hots
*No Concert* – Canal Days*
Ron Hart–RockHouse Riot
*No Concert* -– German Fest*
Patrick Hotchkiss And Johnny Matt Band
Joey Cintorino–lnside Out

Erie Canal National Heritage Corridor announces
2016 Photo Contest Kicks Off! Share Your Best Photos Taken Within the Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor

Share your best photos taken within the Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor and take a chance at winning a spot in the 2017 Erie Canalway Calendar. Judges will select winning images in four contest categories:
On the Water
Along the Trail
Canal Communities Classic Canal

Please note that images must be horizontal format to fit the calendar.

This year’s first place winners will receive $100 thanks to a generous anonymous donor. Second and third place winners will receive non-monetary prizes.

Winning Tips
Look for scenes that say “Erie Canalway” and views that could be taken only here.

Avoid enhancing the color of your photos. Our judges are looking for real views over special effects.

Consider new vantage points for familiar scenes.

Deadline for submissions: August 26, 2016. Download rules and entry forms.

Staten Island Arts announces
“Maritime Visions, Sea Tales and Lighthouse Legends”

National Lighthouse Museum in association with Staten Island Creative Community and Creative Photographers Guild
CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS: Artists, Crafters, Retail, NFP, Food Vendors

FOR “Maritime Visions, Sea Tales and Lighthouse Legends”
A Juried Arts and Crafts Festival with a Maritime Character
Saturday October 1, 2016 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Rain Date: Sunday October 2, 2016 from 11 a.m. to p.m.
On the Promenade at Lighthouse Point/The National Lighthouse Museum
In the heart of New York Harbor, just a two-minute walk from the Staten Island Ferry

Submit: 2 images (.jpgs not to exceed 1,400 Pixels in longest dimension)/photos of your display and 2-4 detail images (.jpgs not to exceed 1,400 Pixels in longest dimension)/photos of you work, plus your name, address, phone #, cell#, e-mail address.

Submit via e-mail to: steven_weiss@verizon.net

Submit via mail to: Fritz (Steven) Weiss, National Lighthouse Museum, Promenade at Lighthouse Point #200, Staten Island, NY 10301

Submittal Deadline Via e-mail: July 10, 2016

Submittal Deadline Via mail: July 8, 2016

Notification will be made as entrants are accepted. Final Notification Deadline via mail and e-mail: July 11, 2016

Albany Institute of History & Art presents
Masterworks: 225 Years of Collecting
Wednesday: 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Thursday: 10 a.m.-8 p.m., Friday: 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Saturday: 10 a.m.-5 p.m., and Sunday: Noon–5 p.m.
Albany Institute of History & Art, 125 Washington Avenue, Albany, NY 12210
In 2016, the Albany Institute of History & Art will celebrate its 225th birthday. Few organization have such distinguished histories or can claim they were founded when George Washington was president. Coincidentally, the Albany Institute (known in 1791 as the Society for the Promotion of Arts, Agriculture, and Manufactures) established it first headquarters in New York City’s Federal Hall, the same building where President George Washington too the oath of office less than two years earlier. After moving to Albany with the State government in 1797, the Institute began a long process of collecting, originally natural history specimens and minerals, but eventually historical objects and works of fine and decorative arts, all created, owned, or used in the Upper Hudson Valley of New York. Today, the holdings of the Albany Institute stand out as the finest collection of art and historical materials from the region. To commemorate this significant anniversary, the Albany Institute is developing the exhibition Masterworks: 225 Years of Collecting, which will highlight works from its diverse collections, including paintings, furniture, silver, ceramics, sculpture, prints, and much more.

November 21, 2015 —September 4, 2016

The Folklife Center at Crandall Public Library presents
El Sueño de América / The Dream of America
Separation & Sacrifice in the Lives of North Country Latino Immigrants
Opening event: 2 p.m., January 23, 2016: Hey, Jesus was a Migrant Too by Dr. Ilze Earner
Folklife Gallery, Crandall Public Library, 251 Glen Street, Glens Falls, NY, 518/792-6508
Hours: Monday-Thursday 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., Friday 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and other times the Library is open
This exhibition is guest curated by Lisa Catalfamo, produced by the Folklife Center at Crandall Public Library, and funded in part by the New York State Council on the Arts, Folk Arts Program with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the NYS Legislature.
Schedule of Free Presentations:

Saturday, February 27, 2 p.m. All That is Left Behind Lisa Catalfamo & Betty Getty
Slide show of visit with families in Coyula, Mexico

Saturday, March 12, 2 p.m. Hidden in Our Midst Mary Jo Dudley, Cornell Farm Worker Program

Tuesday, March 22, 2:30 and 6:30 p.m. Las Marthas (2013 film, 69 minutes)
2 Mexican American girls follow the traditional celebration

Saturday, April 9, 2 p.m. Hey, Jesus was a Migrant Too by Dr. Ilze Earner
Hunter College - Silberman Sch. of Social Work

Saturday, April 16, 2 p.m. Immigrants, They Steal our Jobs? Film & Discussion
by Roy Germano, NY University

Tuesday, May 10, 2:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. After I Pick the Fruit (2011 film, 93 minutes)
The lives of 5 immigrant farmworker women over 10 years

Wednesday,May 11, 7 p.m. Local Latino Immigrants Panel
Discussion with business owners and community members

Thursday, June 2, 7 p.m. From Our Mouths Youth Panel
Experiences shared by 1st and 2nd generation Latino youth.

January 23, 2016 —August 31, 2016

Iroquois Indian Museum presents
35 Years of Iroquois Art: A Retrospective
Gallery open Tues-Sat 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Sun 12-5 p.m.
Iroquois Indian Museum, 324 Caverns Road, Howes Cave, NY 12092
Cost: $8 adults/$6.50 elders and students/$5 youth 5–12 years/under 5 years free
Contact: 518-296-8949
Celebrating the Iroquois Museum’s 35th year of honoring and presenting contemporary Iroquois arts and creative expression. Highlights from our early years of collecting, Excellence in Iroquois Arts recipients, IndianInk, Native Americans in the Performing Arts, and other exhibits. Featured artists Stan Hill, Sr; Peter B. Jones; Mary Adams; Julius Cook, Peter Jemison, and others.

April 1, 2016—September 30, 2016

Fenimore Art Museum at Cooperstown announces
Traditions of Celebration and Ritual: The Thaw Collection of American Indian Art
April 1–May 9: Open Tuesday-Sunday 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
May 10–October 10 (Columbus Day): Open Daily 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
October 11–December 31 Open Tuesday-Sunday 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Fenimore Art Museum, 5798 State Route 80, Cooperstown, New York
For more information, call 607 547 1450
Since ancient times, Native American peoples have celebrated their beliefs and practices through daily, seasonal, and special occasion rituals, affirming their life and identity. Both art and ritual are powerful expressions that honor mythological beings, spirit beings, and ancestors – conveying the spiritual power of the natural world. In this exhibit, see over 50 art objects from the Thaw Collection created by Native American men and women for specific rituals and ceremonies. Discover the arts associated with fundamental aspects of Native American life – the hunt and harvest, feasting, warfare, adornment, and shamanism.

April 1, 2016 —December 31, 2016

Long Island Traditions announces
From Shore to Shore: Boat Builders & Boat Yards of Long Island
Opening reception: April 28, 6:00 p.m., with Nancy Solomon, Curator
Curator's talk with Nancy Solomon, May 15, 2:00 p.m.
Oyster Bay Historical Society, Angela Koenig Center, 20 Summit Street, Oyster Bay, NY, 516-922-5032
Hours: Tuesday-Friday 10 a.m-2 p.m., Saturday 11 a.m. - 3 p.m., Sunday 1 p.m.-4 p.m.
“From Shore to Shore: Boat Builders and Boatyards of Long Island” is an interpretive exhibit that examines the history and traditions of contemporary boat builders and boatyards, exploring their commitment to an endangered way of life in the wake of superstorms, decline in fishing and the expenses associated with traditional boat building and preserving boatyards. The exhibition also provides featured coverage of the Ida May Project’s replication of the 1925 oyster harvesting boat that worked Oyster Bay’s waters until 2009.

April 29, 2016 —September 4, 2016

City Lore announces
Opening Reception for Mad Hatters: New York Hats and Hatmakers
Opening reception: 7-9 p.m.
City Lore Gallery, 56 E. 1st Street, New York, NY 10003
Hours: 2-6 p.m. Wednesday & Friday; 12-6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday
Free and open to the public
In New York City, every hat has something to say. New Yorkers wear many hats—literally. Many of us get dressed from the hat down. Whether we are going to Baptist church to the mosque or the orthodox synagogue, to the rumble or the dance, to the Easter Parade or the West Indian Carnival; whether we’re wearing a Hijab or a yarmulke, a Fedora or a Hamburg, a pork pie or a Leopard skin pillbox hat; whether you’re running for president or going to a Mets game, hats matter—and tell the rest of us who we are.

“Cock your hat, angles are attitude,” said Frank Sinatra, a New Yorker at heart. Hats were so important during his time, that Mr. Sinatra had his signature fedoras, specially designed with shorter brims than the average ones in order to appear taller to the untrained eye. Sinatra never left his hat at home and neither did the rest of the city during his time. Hats were a necessity, not only for fashion, but for blocking the sun as well. In the 1950s, however, the mass production of sunglasses and the prevalence of automobiles, not to mention James Dean’s coveted quaff, ushered in a new era where the everyday hat was no longer needed. But New Yorkers have never left behind their love of hats. In a city of astonishing diversity and traditions, there are still a lot of mad hatters running around the streets of New York.

Mad Hatters showcases the identities that New Yorkers carve out for themselves by donning a simple piece of headware in a crowded city. With special attention to the City’s defining grassroots folk cultures, the exhibit pays tribute to NYC’s master milliners while also documenting and celebrating the men and women who proudly wear hats to express their cultural traditions or simply for the hell of it. The show features a series of special hats made for the show by the New York Milliners Guild, illustrating “New York hat-itude.”

May 19, 2016 —July 31, 2016

Adirondack Museum presents
Weaving a Legacy: Mohawk Basketry Traditions
Hours: 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Adirondack Museum, 9097 NY-30, Blue Mountain Lake, NY 12812
Cost: Free
Contact: 518.352.7311
Created in the region over the past 150 years, the extraordinary baskets on display are works of art, whether made for practical, commercial, or decorative purposes — or to mark important moments in the life of an individual or a community. From sturdy yet elegant utility baskets to more fanciful creations, all reflect the creativity and skill of their makers as well as the baskets’ deep cultural roots. During July and August, the exhibition will also host a series of basketmakers-in-residence, including Carrie Hill, Robin Lazore, Ann Mitchell, Natasha Smoke Santiago, and Sheila Ransom. The exhibition and related programs will reveal the significance of baskets in the Mohawk community and beyond; the materials, tools, and techniques used in their creation; how traditions are passed among generations; and how the community is working to preserve both the craft and the natural resources on which basketmaking depends. This new exhibition will feature artifacts on loan from the Akwesasne Cultural Center in Hogansburg and objects from the museum's collection.

May 20, 2016—October 10, 2016

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