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FOLK ARTS & CULTURE


ERIE CANAL ARTS INVENTORY
The Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor collaborated with NYFS to undertake a survey of the Corridor’s cultural and artistic assets to identify resources for cultural tourism.

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Erie Canal Arts Inventory

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You can learn about the canal’s influence on the arts and find more than 60 arts venues using the online guide, completed by the Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor in collaboration with the New York Folklore Society: ARTS GUIDE.
In 2009 and 2010, the New York Folklore Society worked in collaboration with the Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor to develop an inventory of cultural and artistic sites that might interest a visitor to the Erie Canal Corridor.

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Assembling a team that included Daniel F. Ward of the Erie Canal Museum, Todd DeGarmo of Crandall Public Library, and Erin Dorbin of SUNY–Albany’s public history program, the New York Folklore Society developed an inventory of sites that reflect New York State’s rich artistic and cultural history and connection to the canal. Architecture, art, music, and literature in New York were influenced by the development and expansion of the canal system, from its original footprint to that of the present.




 



“The National Trust for Historic Preservation defines heritage tourism as ‘travelling to experience the places and activities that authentically represent the stories and people of the past.’

The overarching purpose is to gain an appreciation of the past. Cultural heritage tourism, by contrast, is ‘travelling to experience the places and activities that authentically represent the stories and people of the past and present.’ ”


From Cultural Heritage Tourism: Best Practices and Key Concepts for Regional Initiatives by Dr. Ellen McHale (NYFS), Dr. Lisa Overholser (NYFS), and Dr. Daniel Franklin Ward (Erie Canal Museum).



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