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NYFS Wins Grant from Erie Canalway: Celebrating Music and Dance in Brockport in May 2014

The New York Folklore Society proudly announces the receipt of a Canalway grant from the Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor for a partnership project with the Erie Canal Museum (Syracuse) and the Village of Brockport for a “Day of Music and Dance.” The project will provide a range of activities for audiences that draws on canal history but that also has the potential to use that history to reach out to new audiences along the canal. The Day of Music and Dance will celebrate the canal’s importance in creating communities along the Canal that have contributed to traditional music and dance culture in New York State. Timed to coincide with the opening of the Canal in Brockport, NY, the award to the New York Folklore Society was announced at a press conference in Albany on February 18, 2014. NYFS Director Ellen McHale said: “The New York Folklore Society is thrilled to have the opportunity to work on this project with the Village of Brockport and the Erie Canal Museum, as it strengthens our mission to support the traditional arts of the entire state of New York. A collaborative project like this that unites institutions literally along the length of the canal simply wouldn’t have been possible without support from Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor.”


Dancers from Ritmo Caribeno of Utica, NY
LATINO DANCE SUMMIT at Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, August 9-11, 2013, a new initiative of the New York Folklore Society, provided a professional development opportunity for the myriad of community-based Latino dance programs in New York State which work with youth. The 2013 symposium provided professional development for adult leaders who teach the dance styles of Latin and South America. At the same time, it provided an opportunity for teen dancers to showcase their own traditional dance styles to their peers. The symposium culminated in a final performance which will be open to the general public. Read more and see photographs from the summit and performance...

The New York Folklore Society, Building Cultural Bridges, The American Folklore Society, and the New York State Council on the Arts presented


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.

This workshop 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 this workshop.

A Special Event to Benefit the New York Folklore Society

Sunday May 12, 2013

In Concert

At The 8th Step Coffeehouse
At Proctors Theater
Schenectady, NY

Included a special reception, dinner & the show!

Pete Seeger

These traditional music & dance web pages were developed with support of New York State Music Fund, administered by the Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors. These music pages are still in development. Please enjoy and come back again, as we continue to expand this section.

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