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|Stable Views: Voices and Stories from the Thoroughbred Racetrack|
Based upon research by NYFS Executive Director, Ellen McHale, through an Archie Green Fellowship in Occupational Folklore from the Library of Congress, this exhibition portrays the workers in the “backstretch” of the thoroughbred racetracks. Through photographs and their reflections of work in their own words, it portrays the work and workers behind the scenes within thoroughbred racing. The exhibition features the paintings of Sarah Camele Arnold, handmade objects by riders and trainers, and video. At The Folklife Center of Crandall Public Library, Glens Falls through December 2014. Read more...
Photo of exercise rider, Roger Horgan, checking his
tack at the Palm Meadows Training Facility, Florida. Photo by Ellen McHale.
SEE Executive Director
on Schenectady Today,
February 25, 2014.
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|The New York Folklore Society|
70 Years of Service
We’re Asking for Your Support
Dear Friend of the New York Folklore Society,
The New York Folklore Society serves as a vital support organization for folk and traditional culture in New York State. Each year, we work to sustain folk and traditional culture in New York by providing important assistance to folk and traditional artists, folklorists, and organizations who have folk and traditional arts and culture at the core of their missions.
This year, we have initiated two new programs:
These programs add to our ongoing:
- An artist development program for “newcomer” artists representing New York’s newest residents from Burma, Somalia, and Bhutan
- A climate change initiative documenting how New Yorkers have responded to our changing weather patterns, in collaboration with Long Island Traditions and Schoharie Area Long Term Recovery (S.A.L.T. Recovery).
Now entering our 71st year, NYFS continues to assist organizations, folk culture workers, and artists to build capacity and achieve greater excellence. The New York Folklore Society is the only statewide organization dedicated expressly to assisting with the preservation, documentation, and continuance of New York’s diverse traditional cultural expressions. By bringing focus to the traditions of our state’s diverse communities, we work to continue these traditions for subsequent generations of New Yorkers.
- Technical assistance/professional development offerings;
- Publication of Voices: The Journal of New York Folklore;
- A school-based cultural documentation program working with Schenectady’s middle school population; and
- Completion of a Catskills documentation project in partnership with Catskills Folk Connection.
We are asking for your assistance, as we need YOU to help us to continue to do this important work.
Our plans for 2015 include:
- A revival of the NYFS “forums,” providing informal, issue-focused regional gatherings;
- The 2015 New York State Folk Arts Roundtable to take place in May; and
- A student-focused conference to take place in New York City in the fall of 2015.
Donate Now to the New York Folklore Society
Our “Newcomer” project will continue to forge linkages between artists. Our exhibition, Stable Views: Voices and Stories from the Thoroughbred Racetrack will be leaving its current home at Crandall Library in Glens Falls and will travel to Flushing Town Hall (Queens) and then to Traditional Arts in Upstate New York (Canton).
Your valuable support is tax-deductible
by the extent allowed by law
YOUR membership is important for our continued activities!
Become a Member Today and
Receive our NYFS journal, Voices
Please look for us as we hope to connect with many of you, our supporters, with additional programs throughout the year.
Ellen McHale, PhD
Executive Director, New York Folklore Society
|Henry Arquette receives the
National Endowment for
the Arts National Heritage
Fellowship Award for 2014|
NEA Heritage Fellow Henry Arquette with NEA Chairman Jane Chu. Photo by Tom Pich. Photo courtesy of NEA.
On September 17,
2014, Henry Arquette
received the highest
award that this nation
offers to folk and
traditional artists. A
maker of utilitarian
baskets held in high
regard by his Haudenosaunee
Mohawk community, Henry Arquette
was one of nine award honorees for
2014, and the only artist from New York State
to receive the National Endowment for the
Arts National Heritage Fellowship Award for
2014. READ more from the Director’s Column in Voices Fall-Winter 2013.
|Ask the New York Folklore|
Technical assistance and professional development opportunities are now available from the New York Folklore Society, through support from the New York State Council on the Arts, Folk Arts Program.
Support is also available for travel to attend conferences or to observe a colleague or fellow artist. Sound interesting? Email the New York Folklore Society or read more here.