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Folklore & Allied Professions

Welcome to a growing reservoir of information and pathways that can lead you to more information, people, and organizations in the field of folklore and allied fields.


FOLK ARTS & CULTURE:   Folklore and Allied Professions

Folklore Organizations in New York State

Center for Traditional
Music and Dance

Peter Rushefsky,
Executive Director
Ethel Raim, Artistic Director
32 Broadway, Suite 1314
New York, NY 10004
Fax 212/571-9052
Email traditions@ctmd.org

The Center for Traditional Music & Dance is a New York City-based non-profit arts organization that works to celebrate and strengthen the practice of traditional performing arts. Since its founding in 1966, the Center has produced over 800 major presentations. Programs include concerts, festivals, audio and video productions, concert tours, technical assistance, collaborative projects and consultations with artists, cultural activists and with educational and cultural institutions.
City Lore
Steve Zeitlin, Executive Director
56 E. First Street
New York, NY 10003
Fax 212/529-5062
E-mail citylore@citylore.org
City Lore is a cultural center dedicated to the documentation, preservation, and presentation of New York City — and America’s — living cultural heritage. City Lore is committed to the belief that the quality of life is tied to the vitality of grassroots folk cultures, to the neighborhoods and communities in which we live. In an era where mass culture and commercial media increasingly threaten sameness, traditional culture is a resource for renewed inspiration and enhanced quality of life. Among City Lore’s numerous education, folklife, and public history programs and publications are special events such as the People’s Poetry Gathering and the annual People’s Hall of Fame; the public radio series American Talkers; music and film series; and a brochure/calendar on ethnic festivals in New York City.

Hallockville Museum Farm
and Folklife Center

Jarod Kearney, Director
Jennifer Neely, Curator of Education/Folklorist
6038 Sound Avenue
P.O. Box 765
Riverhead, NY 11901
Fax 631/298-0144
E-mail hallockv@optonline.net
Hallockville, Inc., is dedicated to the documentation, preservation and interpretation of the history, oral history and folklore of Suffolk County. The Hallockville Museum Farm is located at the historic Hallock Homestead, known as "The Shady Lawn Farm" in 1900. The earliest part of the homestead, built in 1765, is today interpreted as a farmstead representative of North Fork Farm Life c. 1900. The Hallockville Folklife Center, located adjacent to the Homestead in the c.1840 Terry/Hudson House, conducts programs including fieldwork documentation, folk arts-in-education, festivals, concerts, folk arts programming on local community access television, exhibits, workshops, and craft demonstrations, both on site and through Suffolk County.

Long Island Traditions
Nancy Solomon, Executive Director
382 Main Street
Port Washington, NY 11050
Fax 516/767-8805
E-mail info@longislandtraditions.org

Long Island Traditions is dedicated to documenting and preserving the living cultural resources of the region’s occupational, ethnic and architectural traditions. LI Traditions produces festivals, arts-in-education residencies and workshops, museum exhibitions, awards programs and apprenticeships, concerts and walking tours. LI Traditions publishes a quarterly newsletter. They also work with numerous folk artists including maritime and aviation folk artists, African American quilters and gospel singers, Trinidadian steelband players, occupational folk artists, Irish musicians and stepdancers, along with other tradition bearers.

New York State Council
on the Arts (NYSCA)

Folk Arts Program

Robert Baron, Program Director
300 Park Avenue South, 10th Floor
New York, NY 10010
E-mail rbaron@arts.ny.gov

The NYSCA Folk Arts Program supports projects by eligible non profit organizations that present, preserve, and perpetuate the folk arts. It provides funding both for programming designed to reinforce traditions within the communities where they originate and for activities directed to general audiences involving traditional arts of New York State and other parts of the world.

Traditional Arts in Upstate
New York (TAUNY)

Jill Breit, Executive Director
53 West Main St.
Canton, NY 13617
E-mail info@tauny.org

Traditional Arts in Upstate New York (TAUNY) is a regional arts organization, dedicated solely to community-based folk arts and traditional activities. TAUNY was formed to collect, conserve, and present the traditional cultures of the 14-county region north of the Mohawk River. The primary service area is the northern Adirondacks, the St. Lawrence River Valley, and the Champlain Valley. TAUNY conducts field research; maintains a print, sound, and photo archive and a gallery for changing exhibitions; and presents its findings in concerts, lectures, media productions, and publications.

World Music Institute
68 Jay Street, Suite 201
Brooklyn, NY 11201
Fax 212-575-1295
E-mail info@worldmusicinstitute.org

The World Music Institute (WMI) is dedicated to the preservation and documentation of traditional and contemporary music and dance from around the world. Since its founding in 1985, WMI has built the most comprehensive concert series of music and dance in the U.S. WMI presents more than 60 concerts a year in New York City from over 75 countries and ethnic minorities as well as regional music from North America. WMI also organizes tours; maintains an extensive catalog of more than 4,000 recordings, videos, and books; has built an extensive audio archive of digital recordings of its concerts and has recently begun a video archive; has produced radio series for National Public Radio; and provides concerts and lecture/demonstrations for educational institutions.


Other Allied Organizations

Is your organization missing from our resources page? E-mail us with your organization name, applicable program or center name, address, telephone and fax numbers, e-mail address, director’s name and title, an organizational description of 75 words or less, the URL of your web site. We will consider all submissions but reserve the right to select and edit those we feel are most appropriate for this site.

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