PROGRAMS & SERVICES
Conferences & Symposia
Since its beginnings, NYFS has sponsored at least one conference a year. We provide educational offerings that appeal to folklorists and folklore students, professionals and students in related fields, educators, tradition bearers and traditional artists, and people interested in folklore from all over the state. The talk sessions—lectures and discussions—are balanced by such activities as boat tours, concerts or dance parties, visits to interesting cultural sites, and good food.
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New York Folklore Society 2016 Conference!
Casita Rincon Criollo. 2014. Photo by Molly Garfinkel.
Crisis of Place: Preserving Folk & Vernacular Architecture in NY
Saturday, April 2, 2016
The Cooper Union, Rose Auditorium, 41 Cooper Square (on Third Avenue between 6th and 7th Streets), New York City
See conference schedule.
⇒ See photos from the conference
In this one-day conference, folklorists, architects, historic preservationists, museum professionals, community members, and students came together to address questions concerning the significant crisis in our understanding of everyday landscapes and the built environment:
♦ What is the folk and vernacular architecture of New York State? What makes it “folk” or “vernacular?”
♦ How are the conditions of urban and rural life in 2016 challenging traditional architectural practices among various ethnic and regional communities?
♦ Who is sustaining vernacular design and construction in the face of globalization and gentrification, and why?
Plenary and panel presentations featured:
Michael Ann Williams, Professor of Folk Studies, Western Kentucky University, Past President, The American Folklore Society
READ more about the conference here...
Andrew Dolkart of Columbia University, Professor and Director of Historic Preservation Program
Gabrielle A. Berlinger, Assistant Professor of American Studies and Folklore, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
Zoe van Buren, Folklore Studies Graduate Student, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
Matthew Singer, Graduate student, Penn State University
Caitlin Hays Black, Graduate student, Penn State University
Sydney Varajon, Graduate student, Western Kentucky University
Virginia Siegel, Graduate student, Western Kentucky University
Max Gideonse, Graduate student, Cooper Union
Chris Mulé, Director of Folk Arts, Brooklyn Arts Council
Joseph Sciorra, Director for Academic and Cultural Programs, John D. Calandra Italian American Institute, Queens College
Molly Garfinkel, Director, Place Matters, City Lore
Magali Regis, NYC Community Garden Coalition, Sustainable Architecture
Cynthia Falk, Associate Professor, Material Culture, Cooperstown Graduate Program, SUNY Oneonta
Kay Turner, President, American Folklore Society
Hanna Griff-Sleven, Director of Family History Center & Cultural Programs, Eldridge Street Synagogue
Maria Kennedy, Coordinator of Folk Arts, Arts Council of the Southern Finger Lakes
Nancy Solomon, Executive Director, Long Island Traditions
Julie Tay, Vice-President and Executive Director, Mencius Society of the Arts
David Favaloro, Director of Curatorial Affairs, Lower East Side Tenement Museum
New York Folklore Society’s
Members’ Annual Meeting and Gathering
March 10, 2015
702 Union Street
Brooklyn, NY 11215
NYFS Partnered with the Society for The Association for the Study of Play (TASP) for their 2014 Annual Conference |
April 23-26, 2014, at
The Strong, One Manhattan Square, Rochester, NY 14607
TASP is a multidisciplinary organization that promotes the study of play, support and cooperate with other organizations having similar purposes, and organize meetings and publications that facilitate the sharing and dissemination of information related to the study of play. TASP’s broad focus includes many disciplines and scholarly interests, including folklore and anthropology. With a shared interest in folklore and play, New York Folklore Society partnered with The Association for the Study of Play for their 2014 conference, “Connecting the Past, Present, and Future.”
From the left: Josh White Jr., Sonny Ochs, Oscar Brand and moderator Paul Mercer
at NYFS Fall Conference 2008, “The Folk Music Revival: Politics and Community”
For many years, these annual meetings of the New York Folklore Society focused on experiencing the folklore of specific regions of the state: Long Island, Chautauqua, Harlem, Watkins Glen, Saratoga Springs, and many more. Meetings in the past fifteen years have incorporated an Erie Canal boat ride (Seneca Falls, 1997), a guided walk through a Hudson Valley orchard (Clinton Corners, 1996), and an opportunity to drive at a NASCAR-sanctioned racetrack (Watkins Glen, 2004).
See Past Conferences to learn more about these events.
“Occupational Folklore” was the theme of the 2013 New York Folklore Society ’s annual conference, hosted by ArtsWestchester and produced in collaboration with ArtsWestchester and Long Island Traditions, March 2, 2013.
SEE PHOTOS and READ about the recent 2013 NYFS ANNUAL CONFERENCE
In 2010–2011, the Society embarked on a new conference format—a graduate student conference which showcased student work. These conferences have held at New York University (2010) and Binghamton University (2011).
READ the Conference Report for our 2011 conference, “Legends and Tales” in Voices 37:3–4, 2011.
Symposia and Forums
New York Folklore Society presented a Folk Arts Forum:
The New York Folklore Society organized a folk arts forum meeting, convening an evening Folk Arts Forum with a panel discussion, breakout sessions, and collective dialogue on the topic of “Democratizing the Arts nonprofit Workplace.” The program presented various perspectives approaching this topic.
Democratizing the (Folk) Arts
February 28, 2016
Alliance of Resident Theatres/New York (A.R.T./New York), South Oxford Space
138 S. Oxford Street
Brooklyn, NY 11217
Donations to support this and other events of the New York Folklore Society are welcomed!
The New York Folklore Society, Building Cultural Bridges, The American Folklore Society, and the New York State Council on the Arts presented
The Art of Community: BUILDING AN ARTS & CULTURE SUPPORT NETWORK FOR NEWCOMER ARTISTS IN CENTRAL NEW YORK STATE
Friday, May 17, 2013, 8:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
Utica Public Library, 303 Genesee St., Utica, NY 13501
Upstate New York has become home to an ever-expanding community of refugees and immigrants from all over the world. Layering upon an already rich infrastructure of arts organizations, there is a great potential for an increasingly varied cultural landscape. Yet many of the artists from these communities struggle to maintain their expressive and cultural heritage traditions in the face of overwhelming and immediate needs as they adapt to their new environment.
The public was invited to a workshop that explored merging the arts with social services to better serve these newcomer communities and to enliven our community at large.
|Read more and see photos from the event.|
Each year the New York Folklore Society holds informal forums and events on topics of interest to the folklore field, professionals in related fields, and NYFS members. The New York Folklore Society
reaches out to communities across the state, forging new collaborative partnerships.
At the Low Bridge, Everybody Down! An Erie Canal Music Celebration NYFS presented two days of music, history, and family fun on November 2–3, 2012, at the Erie Canal Museum in Syracuse. Workshops, concerts, presentations, discussions, and displays exploration of the rich musical heritage of the Erie Canal.
With Stitching Tradition: An Invitation to a Public Sewing Circle, NYFS, with funding from the Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation, provided for an embroiderer’s exchange at the History Center of Tompkins County in November 2011. It included an exhibit of the work of Eniko Farkas of Ithaca and Very Nakonechny of Philadelphia, PA. Also included were four weavers from the Karen community of Utica who brought a Southeast Asian perspective to the gathering.
READ about more of the Society’s past Symposia and Forums.
The New York Folklore Society’s programs are made possible in part with public funds from the Folk Arts Program of the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.