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NYSCA Upstate Folklife Survey and Program Development – A Partnership with the New York Folklore Society
||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 is carrying out field research on traditional music, dance, material culture, occupational traditions, narrative, and other customary practices to identify traditions and folk artists. Her service area currently includes Monroe and Broome Counties. From June 2016 through March 2017, her service area included Allegheny, Chautauqua, Cattaraugus, Tompkins, Cayuga, Seneca, Yates, Wayne, and Ontario Counties.
The New York Folklore Society is partnering with the Folk Arts Program of the New York State Council on the Arts for this important position. With her assistance, NYFS hopes to better serve all of New York. If you’d like additional information, or if you know of an artist or cultural tradition that should be documented, please contact Hannah at (270) 777-5960 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Here are some examples of recent programs:
|Local Refugee Communities Celebrated in “Creating Refuge”|
programs at the Rochester Museum and Science Center (RMSC)
March 10 and 17, 2018, 6–8 p.m.
Refugees living in Rochester will share
traditional cultural practices with the public during programs organized by the New York Folklore Society. These events are the result of the New
York State Council on the Arts’ Upstate Folklife Survey and Program Development
Initiative, a year-long effort to document and present the everyday traditions of Monroe
County carried out by folklorist Hannah Davis.
Creating Refuge: Bhutanese-Nepali Life in Rochester, NY
March 10, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Bhutanese-Nepali community members will share a selection of traditional dances and invite attendees to learn simple dance steps. Attendees will also have an opportunity to
observe and learn about traditional knitting and dumpling-making. At 3 p.m. in the
Bausch Auditorium, Davis will present a general overview of her documentation.
Creating Refuge: Karenni Life in Rochester, NY
Karenni community members display customary
clothing worn most often for special events. Photo by Hannah
March 17, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Karenni community members will share
their own traditional dances and similarly
invite attendees to learn simple dance
steps. Dancers will be accompanied by
local Karenni musicians. Attendees will
also have an opportunity to observe and
learn about traditional foods, flute-making,
and customary clothing.
From Burma’s Kayah State, many Karenni fled to refugee camps during conflicts in the
mid-‘90s. Their resettlement in Rochester began in the mid-2000s. After living in refugee
camps as the result of ethnic cleansing, Bhutanese-Nepali families were first settled in
Rochester in 2008.
Both “Creating Refuge” events are free with museum admission. Free parking is
available on the RMSC campus. More information about RMSC is available at
These events are made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the
support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature. Their
organization has been aided by the generous, collaborative spirit of the following
organizations and individuals: community consultants Lachuman Pokhrel, Hemlal
Suberi, and Lin Lin; Karenni Rochester Youth; Rochester Refugee Resettlement
Services; the RIT Industrial Design program; the RIT Museum Studies program; the RIT
School of Individualized Studies; and Foodlink.
Folklife in the Southern Tier
Saturday, March 31, 5-6 p.m.
Bundy Museum of History & Art, 127–129 Main St., Binghamton, NY 13905
In this interactive presentation, Hannah Davis of the New York Folklore Society shared her documentation of everyday traditions in Broome County, collected during a year-long fieldwork project sponsored by the New York State Council on the Arts. Participants asked questions, shared their own experiences, and provided feedback to help shape the future of folklife programming in the Southern Tier.
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Read an interview with Hannah by Jason Baird Jackson, Director of the Mathers Museum of World Cultures at Indiana University Bloomington.
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