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Partnerships and Dialogue in Work with Immigrant Artists
A New York Folklore Society Forum

Syracuse, NY
November 10, 2006



Partnerships and Dialogue in Work with Immigrant Artists
  • Friday, November 10, 2006
    10:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., lunch on your own
    Cost: Free
    Center for New Americans
    503 North Prospect Street, 2nd Floor
    Syracuse, New York 13208-2529
This Forum provided an opportunity for dialogue between folk arts specialists and professionals from other fields who, through educational, charitable and social service agencies have been “in the trenches” working with refugees and other immigrants in the Central New York area for many years.

Keynote speaker was José A. Gómez-Davidson, graduate student in Ethnomusicology from Indiana University, pursuing research in Cuban popular music and its role in maintaining identity among Cuban exiles. As a public sector folklore intern with Cultural Resources Council, José worked closely with Syracuse’s Cuban community. His presentation concerned this work.

The schedule was open and informal. We especially welcomed the participation of community scholars, social services/arts partners, immigrant/refugee artists, and other colleagues and friends.

10:00 – 10:30 a.m.Introductions and welcome by Dan Ward, Cultural Resources Council and Ellen McHale, New York Folklore Society
10:30 a.m. – noonDiscussion of the issues - Some key dicussion questions:
  • How can we partner with artists, community organizations, and social service agencies to effectively serve immigrant artists and communities?
  • How can folklorists work with incoming refugee and immigrant traditional artists and communities to make art connections a vital part of their lives in a new home?
Noon – 1:00 p.m.Lunch on your own
1:00 – 1:30 p.m.Presentation by José Gomez-Davidson
1:30 p.m.Discussion

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