CONFERENCES & SYMPOSIA
Past Symposia and Forums
The New York Folklore Society’s Symposia and Folk Arts Forums are held throughout the state to bring people together to explore issues related to folklore and folk arts. The New York Folklore Society reaches out to communities across the state, forging new collaborative partnerships. Topics have included Heritage and Cultural Tourism, Exhibit Design, Preservation and Access of Folklife Materials, Folklore and the Internet, Copyright and Intellectual Property Law for Folklorists, Folklore and Archives, Folklore and Storytelling, Folklore and Local History, Reflections on 50 Years of Folklore in New York State, Folklore and Multiculturalism, Cultural Conservation and Public Policy, and the State of Folklore in New York.
Here are some of our recent events. You can follow the links to learn more about them.
- The Art of Community: Building an Arts & Culture Support Network for Newcomer Artists in Central New York State, Utica Public Library, Utica, NY, May 17, 2013.
- Low Bridge, Everybody Down! An Erie Canal Music Celebration, Erie Canal Museum, Syracuse, NY, November 2-3, 2012.
- Stitching Tradition: An Invitation to a Public Sewing Circle, The History Center of Tompkins County, Ithaca, NY, November 29, 2011.
- Folk Arts in Education Professional Development Workshop for Artists and Teachers, Albany, Ithaca, NY, October 21, 2011.
- Marketing and Promotion for Traditional Musicians, New York, NY, April 23, 2009.
- Border Crossing Issues for Artists, Traditional Arts in Upstate New York, Canton, NY, April 18, 2009.
- What Is Intellectual Propery? Part I, Tri-County Arts Council, Cobleskill, NY, February 28, 2009.
- What Is Intellectual Propery? Part II, The Folklife Center at Crandall Public Library, Glens Falls, NY, March 14, 2009.
- Folk Arts-in-Education Forum, The ARTS Council of the Southern Finger Lakes, Hammondsport, NY, November 19, 2008.
- Syracuse Workshops for Folk and Traditional Musicians– Session I, Folk Arts Program of the Cultural Resources Council of Syracuse, Syracuse, NY, September 18, 2008.
- Syracuse Workshops for Folk and Traditional Musicians – Session II, Folk Arts Program of the Cultural Resources Council of Syracuse, Syracuse, NY, September 19-20, 2008.
- Academic and Public Sector Folklore in New York State: Increasing Communication and Collaboration, Saratoga Springs, NY, June 29, 2008.
- Audio Recording and Production Workshop for Folklorists, Presenters, and Musicians, Westchester Arts Council, White Plains, NY, January 25-26, 2008.
- Folk Artists and Folk Arts Professionals: Partnering in Promotion, Long Island Traditions, Port Washington, NY, September 24, 2007.
- Partnerships and Dialogue in Work with Immigrant Artists, Syracuse, NY, November 10, 2006.
- Symposium on New Archival and Ethnographic Technologies, Hyde Park, NY, June 9, 2006.
- Folk Arts Forum on Immigrant/Refugee Issues, Brooklyn Arts Council, Brooklyn, NY, November 4, 2005.
- Folklore and the Erie Canalway, Erie Canal Museum, Syracuse, NY, October 27, 2005.
- Built to Use, Not to Last: Temporary Structures and the Use of Space in Community Life, Mabee Farm, Rotterdam Junction, NY, August 14, 2003.
- What to Do with Those Oral Histories, Center for Folklife, History and Cultural Programs, Crandall Public Library, Glens Falls, NY, April 9, 2003.
- Vernacular Architecture of the Hudson Valley/Catskill Regions of New York State, Hugenot Historical Society, New Paltz, NY, November 9, 2002.
- Field Recordings in Archives: Preservation and Related Issues—A Continuing Dialogue, Crandall Public Library and the Southern Adirondack Library System, Glens Falls, NY, November 28, 2001.
- Just the Human Thing to Do: Dutch People Who Rescued People During World War II, Niskayuna, NY, October 30, 2001.
- Field Recordings in Archives: Preservation and Related Issues, Association for Cultural Equity, New York, NY, April 26, 2001.
- Heritage and Cultural Tourism in New York State, Arts Center of the Capital Region, Troy, NY, October 5, 2000.
- Exhibit Design: Across Borders: Beadwork in Iroquois Life, Castellani Art Museum, Niagara Falls, NY, August 2, 2000.
- Archives Roundtable: A discussion of issues of preservation and access of folklore and folklife materials, Seneca Falls Museum, Seneca Falls, NY, February 17, 2000.
CHECK OUT our Community Programming to learn about other events we’ve held or are scheduling in your community.
The Erie Canal Celebration in November, 2012, was a symposium focused on the rich musical heritage of the Canal.
At the Embroiderers’ Gathering, “Stitching Tradition,” in November, 2011, Eniko Farkas of Ithaca demonstrates a specific Hungarian embroidery technique to Vera Nakonechny, Ukrainian needleworker and weaver from Philadelphia.
Manta was the featured artist at the Folk Arts in Education Professional Development Workshop for Artists and Teachers in October, 2011.
At the Folk Arts Forum on Immigrant Issues, in November, 2005, Keynote Speaker was Laura Marcus (Immigrant/Refugee Arts Consultant and Researcher) with Special Guest Discussant Bill Westerman (Director of the Cambodian American Heritage Museum in Chicago).
|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.||