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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

Allied Arts Organizations

American Folk Art Museum
Maria Ann Conelli, Director
45 West 53rd Street
New York NY 10019
Fax 212/265-2350
E-mail: info@folkartmuseum.org

The American Folk Art Museum’s collection of more than 4,000 artworks span three centuries of American visual expression, from unflinching portraits, dazzling quilts, and muscular weathervanes to potent works by contemporary self-taught artists in a variety of mediums. In addition to information concerning permanent and special exhibitions on the website, the Museum’s Shirley K. Schlafer Library has completed the conversion of its card catalog to an online database; more than 9,000 records including all cataloged books, periodicals, pamphlets, videotapes and DVDs have been loaded into an Internet-accessible database.

Art Night Schenectady
Schenectady, NY
E-mail: info@artnightschenectady.com

Art Night Schenectady seeks to introduce a wider audience to the unique vitality of the arts, restaurants, and businesses that Schenectady has to offer. Art Night promotes interest in the arts by making it accessible, thereby strengthening the arts and business communities in Schenectady. Art Night Schenectady spotlights the arts the third Friday of every month. If you are an artist looking to get more exposure in the Capital District, please inquire at info@cristany.org. You can download a participation form from the website as well as check out venues and sponsors.

Arts NYS Coalition

ARTS NYS COALITION is a group of colleagues who joined together to ensure that the public has access to information on the state of the arts in New York State. Currently, the coalition includes the New York City Arts Coalition and the Arts Councils of Dutchess, Greene, Onondaga (Syracuse) and Westchester Counties, Huntington, Northern Adirondacks, Saint Lawrence and Southern Finger Lakes regions, Arts Alliances of Harlem and Buffalo, New York Folklore Society, NYS Alliance for Arts Education, and Museum Association of New York. The website is a resource for data on the arts in New York State as well as information on pending legislation at the state and federal level. The Coalition also plans and participates in statewide advocacy events.

A Literary Journal and Resource for All the Arts
Cornelia Seckel, Publisher
Raymond J. Steiner, Editor
P.O. Box 730
Mt. Marion, NY 12456
Phone/Fax: 845/246-6944
E-mail: info@ArtTimesJournal.com

ART TIMES, founded in 1984, provides a bi-monthly commentary and resource for the fine and performing arts and includes art editorials, art reviews and critiques, short fiction, poetry, opportunities listings, essays on dance, theater, film, music and an extensive calendar of cultural events. ART TIMES Online carries the print information as well as additional essays and resources. The ART TIMES facebook page keeps fans up to date with new events, essays, and videos.

Arts & Business Council of New York
Will Maitland Weiss, Executive Director
One East 53rd Street
3rd Floor
New York, NY 10022
Fax 212/279-5915
E-mail: info@artsandbusiness-ny.org

The Arts & Business Council of New York (ABC/NY), a division of Americans for the Arts, serves both the arts and the business communities of New York, with programming in volunteerism, professional development, leadership development, and economic impact. ABC/NY’s programs provide business management skills and professional resources to New York’s arts community to help arts organizations thrive. Their Multicultural Arts Management Internship program promotes diversity in arts management careers and provides young people with a hands-on introduction to work in the business fields of the nonprofit arts sector.

Arts & Cultural Council for Greater Rochester
Ann C. Salter,
Interim Executive Director

31 Prince Street
Rochester, NY 14607
Fax 585/473-4051
E-mail: ArtsandCulturalCouncil@ArtsRochester.org

The Arts & Cultural Council for Greater Rochester has a mission to develop, promote, and strengthen the cultural industry to benefit the people of greater Rochester. Folk and traditional arts of the region are supported by the Council’s Folk Arts Program. The program works with individuals and organizations, including Hispanic, Asian, African American, Native American, Eastern European, and many more. Through festivals, concerts, exhibitions and in schools, the program presents these folk artists. The folklorist maintains a computerized archive of folk and traditional artists and their art forms.

Arts Council for the Northern Adirondacks
Caroline Rubino, Executive Director
6 Champlain Ave.
P.O. Box 187
Westport NY 12993
Fax 518/962-8797
E-mail: artsco@westelcom.com

The Arts Council for the Northern Adirondacks (ACNA) is a cultural organization whose primary goals are to encourage, develop, promote and sustain the cultural life of its local and regional communities. With their mission of marketing and promotion of the arts, ACNA now provides services to 200 organizations in Essex and Franklin Counties and network with over 400 organizations in the Adirondack North Country.

Arts Council in Buffalo and Erie County
Celeste M. Lawson, Executive Director
700 Main Street
Buffalo, NY 14202
Fax 716/856-7548

The Arts Council in Buffalo and Erie County is a primary advocate for the arts, dedicated to promoting the cultural industry within the Buffalo Niagara region and nurturing all artistic disciplines, to encourage participation in the arts by all segments of the community. The Arts Council presents a variety of workshops, art openings and other cultural events throughout the year. They maintain an artist registry on-line of member artists, organized by name and discipline.

Association of Hispanic Arts
Nicholas Arture, Director
P.O Box1169
161 E. 106 Street
New York, NY 10029
Fax 212/876-1285
E-mail: ahanews@latinoarts.org

Founded in 1975, the Association of Hispanic Arts, Inc. (AHA) is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to the advancement of Latino arts, artists and arts organizations as an integral part of the cultural life of the nation. AHA offers workshops and seminars for individual artists and arts organizations and a directory of listings for Latino arts/cultural organizations and individual artists. Their programming bring Latino artists and the public together for “encounters” built around themes that reflect Latino arts and culture. AHA’s quarterly magazine, AHA! Hispanic Arts News features the latest in Latino arts and culture.

Bronx Council on the Arts
William Aguado, Executive Director
1738 Hone Avenue
Bronx, NY 10461-1486
Fax 718/409-6445
E-mail: bronxart@bronxarts.org

Bronx Council on the Arts (BCA) is a private, non-profit membership organization that is the official cultural agency of Bronx County. Recognized nationally as a leading arts service organization in providing cultural services and arts programs, BCA serves a multicultural constituency in excess of 1.2 million residents. BCA provides direct financial support to individual artists and non-profit organizations, information services, technical assistance, education and community programming, advocacy and the operation of the Longwood Arts Project, an exhibition gallery and cyber arts program, and the Bronx Writers Center, an initiative dedicated to the creative and professional development of our writers.

Broome County Arts Council
31 Front St.
Binghamton, NY 13905
Fax 607/723-2232
E-mail: info@bcartscouncil.com

The Broome County Arts Council (BCAC) is a private, non-profit arts organization which serves its members, the arts community and the people of Broome County through fundraising and grants, workshops and seminars, artist referral services and collaborations. Members have posting privileges on the BCAC website Events Calendar; free reserved meeting space at BCAC offices; consultation and technical support for grant writing, media and publicity campaigns, fundraising research, program design, conflict resolution, meeting facilitation; special events; reduced fees for seminars and workshops; fees waived for the United Cultural Fund grant application.

Columbia County Council on the Arts
Jan Hanvik, Executive Director
209 Warren Street
Hudson, New York 12534
Fax 518/671-6857
E-mail: info@artscolumbia.org

Columbia Council on the Arts is a service organization with a membership composed of individuals and arts organizations. Of the membership, approximately 650 list themselves as individual artists, writers, sculptors, filmmakers and the like. The Council produces programs that advance the arts and engage the county’s residents and visitors, provides services that support the county’s cultural organizations, artists and resident participation in the arts, and builds collaborative partnerships.

Community Arts Partnership of Tompkins County
Brett Bossard, Excecutive Director
Robin Schwartz, Program Director
171 The Commons
Ithaca, NY 14850
Fax 607/273-4816
E-mail: director@artspartner.org

The Community Arts Partnership (CAP) was founded in 1990 in response to a community-wide desire to strengthen and develop the County’s arts and cultural community. CAP acts as an advocate for the arts, serve the public by providing services and resources for county artists and arts organizations, and encourage collaboration among arts, education, business, civic, and government organizations.

Council on the Arts and Humanities for Staten Island
Lorna Harris,
Interim Executive Director
Snug Harbor Cultural Center
1000 Richmond Terrace
Staten Island, NY 10301
Fax 718/442-8572
E-mail: info@statenislandarts.org

The Council on the Arts and Humanities for Staten Island (COAHSI) (CAP) develops, fosters and promotes the arts, cultural and humanities activities on Staten Island. The council provides technical assistance to organizations and individual artists; offers workshops and seminars; administers a multi-tier regrant program; maintains a comprehensive calendar of Staten Island-based cultural activities; and maintains an artist registry.

Delaware Valley Arts Alliance
Elaine Giguere, Executive Director
P.O. Box 170
37 Main Street
Narrowsburg, New York 12764
E-mail: info@artsalliancesite.org

Delaware Valley Arts Alliance (DVAA), founded in 1976, is a not-for-profit 501 (c)(3) organization that serves as Arts Council for Sullivan County. DVAA leads collaborations that advance the arts; encourages and supports cultural programs relevant to all citizens; and provides services to individual artists, arts organizations, and the area’s arts community. DVAA sponsors arts and cultural programs in its facilities, the Delaware Arts Center, on the National Register of Historic Places, and the Tusten Theatre. DVAA provides free services to artists that include grant conduit support, information networking, grant-writing assistance, collaborative project incubation, fellowships, space, and promotion support. Artsletter is their bi-monthly publication.

El Museo del Barrio
Julián Zugazagoitia, Director
1230 Fifth Avenue at 104th Street
New York, NY 10029
Fax 212/831-7927
E-mail: info@elmuseo.org
El Museo del Barrio was founded in 1969 by artist Raphael Montañez Ortiz with the support of a group of Puerto Rican educators, artists, parents and community activists in East Harlem’s Spanish-speaking El Barrio. As New York City’s only Latino museum dedicated to Puerto Rican, Caribbean and Latin American art, El Museo retains its strong community roots as a place of cultural pride and self-discovery, yet projects itself nationally through exciting exhibitions and programs.

Fenimore Art Museum
New York State Historical Association
5798 State Highway 80
PO Box 800
Cooperstown, NY 13326
Recorded information:
Fax: 607/547-1404
E-mail: info@nysha.org

Fenimore Art Museum is the showcase of the New York State Historical Association (NYSHA). The museum is dedicated to welcoming and connecting people to their shared cultural heritage through its exhibitions and programs. NYSHA’s folk art collection is one of the nation’s largest and finest. Begun with extensive gifts from Stephen C. Clark, the collection includes a variety of paintings, ship figureheads, quilts, weathervanes, trade signs, cigar-store figures, carvings, and decorated stoneware, all created by American folk artists. In 1995, the Fenimore Art Museum added a new American Indian Wing designed to house the extraordinary gift from Eugene and Clare Thaw of their collection of American Indian Art. Special interactive exhibits and hands-on activities provide students with a more in-depth look at American art and history.

Finger Lakes Arts Trail Program
Mary Beth “MB” Springmeier,
Executive Director
Phelps Community Historical Society
E-mail: histsoc@fltg.net

Finger Lakes Art Trail Program helps to promote our arts and cultural heritage to the year round Finger Lakes residents and seasonal visitors. In collaboration with: The breathtaking scenic beauty of the lakes draw visitors to the Finger Lakes, but it is through our collective cultural and arts events that visitors experience the unique, enduring spirit of the Finger Lakes. The 2008 trail map brochure includes all of Cayuga, Chemung, Livingston, Ontario, Schuyler, Seneca, Steuben, Wayne and Yates counties as well as parts of Monroe, Onondaga, and Tompkins counties. Website listing categories for members include: Artist/Studios, Museums/Galleries, Theatres (Opera Houses, Drive-ins, movies), Performing Arts, Festivals, Arts Business, Arts Organizations, Culinary Arts, and Hospitality.

Fractured Atlas
Adam Forest Huttler,
Executive Director
248 W. 35th Street
Suite 1202
New York, NY 10001
Fax 212/277-8025
E-mail: helpdesk@fracturedatlas.org

Fractured Atlas is a non-profit organization that provides services and support to artists and arts organizations Their programs and services facilitate the creation of art by offering vital support to the artists who produce it, helping artists and arts organizations function more effectively as businesses by providing access to funding, healthcare, education, and more, all in a context that honors their individuality and independent spirit. The website connects its members to ongoing forums and blogs, has an extensive calendar of events, and details concerning their services.

Greater Ithaca Art Trail
Robin Schwartz, Community Arts Partnership of Tompkins County Program Director
116 N. Cayuga Street
Ithaca, NY 14850
607/273-5072 ext.2
E-mail: programs@artspartner.org

The Greater Ithaca Art Trail, with two Open Studio weekends each October, is administered by Community Arts Partnership of Tompkins County, the county’s arts council. On this self-guided tour of 50 artists’s studios in Ithaca and throughout Tompkins County, you’ll find painting, photography, sculpture, woodcarving, prints, fiber art, furniture, flame-worked glass, handcrafted jewelry and ceramics. A map and studio guide is downloadable from the website. You can find representative examples of each artists’s work in the Artist’s Portofolio section of the website.

Greene County Council on the Arts
Kay Stamer, Executive Director
P.O.Box 463
398 Main Street
Catskill, New York 12414
E-mail: gcca@mhonline.net

Greene County Council on the Arts (GCCA) provides information and services to artists, arts organizations, cultural and educational institutions, civic groups, community agencies and the general public. GCCA has initiates and participates in numerous collaborative community revitalization programs and festivals. The main office, located in Catskill, houses galleries on two floors, a gift shop, a resource center and a grants and reference library. A second gallery site is our Mountaintop Gallery on Main Street in Windham. Through two regrant programs, the Greene County Cultural Fund makes public funds available to local non-profit organizations and individual artists for cultural programming. The Information Center in the Catskill Gallery offers a Cultural Events Calendar and postings of announcements, opportunities, and resource listings for artists. You can download Arts Alive at the GCCA website to read articles, and find exhibitions, events, and opportunities for artists, resources.

Harlem Arts Alliance
Michael Unthank, Executive Director
229 West 135th Street
New York, NY 10030
Fax 212/281-1206
E-mail: info@harlemaa.org

Harlem Arts Alliance (HAA) is an association of cultural organizations and individual artists dedicated to preserve, promote, and present the rich cultural legacy and contributions of Harlem that reflect the vast contributions of multi-ethnic and multi-cultural writers, performers, directors, producers, visual artists, designers, choreographer and dancers. HAA serves the needs of its members by creating marketing, promotions, providing technical assistance, grants and using fund raising strategies for building new audiences and producing expanding cultural presentations.

Harlem Biennale
Nathalie Angles, Founding Member
and Artist Residency Director

E-mail: contact@harlembiennale.org

Harlem Biennale (HB) brings together artists, curators, educators and the public from Harlem, New York and around the world to connect with our history, geography and diverse communities through innovative explorations in contemporary art. Founded in 2009 by a group of Harlem residents, Harlem Biennale’s vision is driven by the belief that the transformative power of the arts can expand Upper Manhattan’s cultural vitality, bring together diverse sectors into new dynamic partnerships, and nourish future generations. HB sponsors programs curated by emerging local and established curators, artists, writers and teacher, as well as offers artist residency collaborations and internships.

Huntington Arts Council
Diana J. Cherryholmes, Executive Director
213 Main Street
Huntington, NY 11743
Fax 631/271-8428
E-mail: Info@huntingtonarts.org

Huntington Arts Council (HAC) celebrates the diversity of Suffolk County’s cultural resources through sponsored activities, programs and publications that advocate cultural awareness and education. HAC is the official arts coordinating agency of the Town of Huntington and serves as the primary regranting agency in Suffolk County for the New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA). HAC’s “Journey Program” offers multi-cultural educational programs to more than 35,000 K-12 students in seven school districts and provides in-service teacher training workshops that promote a better understanding of our diverse community. Huntington Summer Arts Festival, the premier free performance series on Long Island, features more than 50 dance, musical, and theatrical performances on the Chapin Rainbow Stage in Heckscher Park each year. In addition to administering regrant programs, HAC also provides technical assistance to arts organizations and individual artists through funding workshops and training seminars. Art in the Atrium and Main Street Petite Gallery offer two opportunities for Huntington Arts Council member artists to exhibit their paintings, photography, sculpture and mixed media works to the community.

Ithaca Farmer’s Market
PO Box 6575
Ithaca, NY 14851
(607) 273-7109
E-mail: info@ithacamarket.com

Tuesday markets are at Dewitt Park

Thursday, Saturday, and Sunday markets are at Steamboat Landing

The Ithaca Farmer’s Market is a cooperative with 165 vendors who live within 30 miles of Ithaca, New York. On the waterfront where steamboats from Cayuga Lake used to dock, the Ithaca Farmer’s Market has successfully anchored itself and has transformed a wasteland into Steamboat Landing. Built entirely by volunteer labor, the market has developed a former debris site into a beautiful, thriving community gathering place. Many talented artists and craftspeople sell their exceptional, locally made items and some provide demonstrations of their work. Visitors can shop for fresh, local produce, or choose a handcrafted gift. They can listen to music while savoring a wide variety of international foods, while sitting at the picnic tables along the waterfront A tour boat moors at our dock and offers rides up Cayuga Lake.

Long Island Arts Council at Freeport
Marnie L. Katzman, Executive Director
130 East Merrick Road
Freeport, NY 11520
Fax 516/223-6991
E-mail: infoliacf@gmail.com

The Long Island Arts Council at Freeport, founded in 1974, is a non-profit arts service agency. Each year, the Arts Council provides cultural services, supports artistic talent, and increases the public’s awareness of and participation in the arts through a variety of programs and services. These include arts networking opportunities, IN SESSION: Seminars and Roundtables, Artists for Hire (referral service), Musical Instrument Marketplace, The Artscene (newspaper), Nassau Grants for the Arts (awards cultural grants), Culture Series of concerts, lectures, and exhibits, literary programs, High 5 Long Island (teenage discount ticket program), Musical Theatre Experience (summer youth workshop), Celebration of Poetry (student poetry competition), Juried Photography Show, The Art Alcove (exhibit space), Summer Concert Series, Musical Composition Contest, and Craft Festival. The Arts Council serves individual artists of all disciplines, a multitude of diverse cultural organizations, and the general public. The Arts Council strives to improve the quality of life through the arts.

Lower Adirondack Regional Arts Council
Ellen Bütz, Executive Director
7 Lapham Place
Glens Falls, NY 12801
Fax 518/798-9122
E-mail: information@larac.org

The Lower Adirondack Regional Arts Council (LARAC) is an arts service organization for Warren, Washington and northern Saratoga Counties in New York State. LARAC was formed in 1972 by a coalition of arts-minded residents, to unify the arts and cultural community and establish a cultural identity. Services provided include juried arts and crafts festivals, concerts, directory of artists and arts organizations, gallery space, cultural resource library, technical assistance services, classes and workshops, state and local advocacy.

Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation
Alan W. Cooper, Executive Director
Sally Van de Water, Program Associate,
Folk and Traditional Arts
201 North Charles Street, Suite 401
Baltimore, MD 21201
Fax 410/837-5517
TDD 410/779-1593
E-mail: info@midatlanticarts.org

Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation supports the richness and diversity of the region’s arts resources, serving the states and territories of Delaware, the District of Columbia, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, the US Virgin Islands, Virginia, and West Virginia. Established in 1979, it promotes and supports multi-state arts programming. The Foundation has developed core initiatives with a focus that includes artist issues, services and support; access to arts programs for audiences/participants; developing an infrastructure for touring and presenting; building partnerships and strengthening existing networks. Their website includes a toolkit for business tools for artists and a searchable database of community artists and festivals.

The Museum of Biblical Art
Ena Heller, Executive Director
1865 Broadway at 61st Street
New York, NY 10023-7505
Fax 212/408-1292
E-mail: info@mobia.org

The Museum of Biblical Art (MOBIA) is a small museum with a large mandate: To better understand how the narratives and symbols of the Bible have influenced the history of art and visual culture. MOBIA considers the religious as well as the aesthetic and historic significance of objects created in the Jewish and Christian traditions. Its reach extends from high art to the vernacular, and from contemporary work to functional objects created thousands of years ago.

New York Foundation for the Arts
155 Avenue of the Americas, 14th Floor
New York, NY 10013-1507
Fax 212/366-1778
Email: nyfainfo@nyfa.org

The New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA) gives more money and support to arts organizations and artists of all disciplines than any other comparable organization in the country: nearly $11 million in grants and services annually. Its Fellowships of $7,000 each go to as many as 170 New York State artists every year from a field of 16 disciplines, covering the visual, performing, media, and literary arts. NYFA also gives grants and services to strengthen small arts organizations and provides artists with career development support through workshops, hotlines, and print and electronic publications. The New York Foundation for the Arts’s extensive database of resources for artists (including folk artists) is available on line at their website. In summer 2005, an open gallery for craft artists will be added to NYFA’s web site.

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.

Northern Manhattan Arts Alliance
Sandra A. García-Betancourt, Executive Director & CEO
c/o The Cornerstone Center
178 Bennett Avenue, 3rd Floor
New York, NY 10040
212/568-4396 Fax: 212/568-5308 E-mail: info@nomaanyc.org

The Northern Manhattan Arts Alliance (NoMAA) is a non-profit arts service organization launched in 2007 under the incubation of the Hispanic Federation and with the financial support of the Upper Manhattan Empowerment Zone. NoMAA nurtures the works of artists in their community as well as develops partnerships with business and other organizations to increase the visibility of this area of Manhattan. They strive to foster the diverse artistic expressions of artists and cultural organizations throughout Washington Heights and Inwood by increasing the visibility of their works. Their promotion of the arts enables the success of low-income artists from underserved communities, and stimulates economic development in the neighborhoods they serve.

Partners for Arts Education
Laura Reeder, Executive Director
Delavan Center Studio 221
501 West Fayette Street
Syracuse, NY 13204
Fax 315/234-9912
E-mail: info@arts4ed.org

Partners for Arts Education (PAE) inspires learning and leadership for arts-in-education in Central New York and throughout New York State. They provide funding and support to deepen and enrich educational experiences in and through the arts for students, teachers and artists, through a technical assistance program, annual state arts in education conference with NYSCA, arts education roundtables, and consultation. The Arts Ed Network News, the PAE’s newsletter, is available electronically by contacting connie@arts4ed.org.

Paul Margolis Photography
212/560-2226 E-mail: paul@paulmargolis.com

The subjects of Paul Margolis, a documentary photographer, writer and educator, include people living on the margins of society, vanishing Americana, historic architecture, and the vibrancy of life on New York City’s streets. Additionally, he has been documenting the effects of September 11th on New York City. Margolis’ documentary projects include: Shad Fishing on the Hudson, 1985-1986; The Farriers of New Jersey, 1987-1988; Jewish and Poor in New York, 1992-1993; The Jews of Cuba, 1994-1996; The Jews of Ireland, 1996; 9/11 and Beyond, 2001 (ongoing); Hidden Ellis Island, 2002; and The Delaware and Hudson Canal, 2004 (ongoing). The website includes an on-line gallery to view the photography.

Proctor’s Theatre
Jayn Tidd, Manager
432 State Street
Schenectady, NY 12305
Fax 518/346-2468
E-mail: support@proctors.org

Proctor’s Theatre, a historic, beautifully restored downtown theatre that is listed in the National Register of Historic Places, presents singers, comedians, dance programs, classical productions including symphonies and operas, as well as touring Broadway musicals. Its education department is committed to arts outreach and community collaborations, including participation in partnerships with area schools.

Queens Council on the Arts
Hoong Yee Lee Krakauer, Executive Director
37-11 35th Avenue
Astoria, NY 11101
E-mail: info@queenscouncilarts.org

Queens Council on the Arts (QCA) celebrates its 50th Anniversary in 2016 and is looking ahead to the next 50 years of supporting artists and the arts in Queens. Now located in our redesigned space in the Kaufman Arts District in Astoria, QCA is ideally positioned to serve the professional needs of Queens artists across the borough.

Quilt History
The Quilt History was created to provide a forum for people around the world who are interested in antique quilts and related textiles to discuss the historical aspects of quilting. All aspects of antique quilts—fabrics, design, color, etc.—as well as the stories behind them are explored. This site features quilt exhibitions in New York, a gallery of some of the quilts with accompanying wall text, and an article on The Alliance for American Quilts.

Timothy Raab & Northern Photo
16 James Street
Albany, NY 12207
E-mail: tim@timraabnorthern.com
Timothy Raab & Northern Photo has a website that showcases Raab’s photography. Included in his online portfolio is work from the NYS Theatre Institute as well as the Living Traditions/Sights and Sounds exhibits with photographs from Dance Flurry Festivals and Catskills Irish Arts Week. Tim Raab is the official photographer for Catskills Irish Arts Week and specializes in the Performing Arts/Theatrical photography as well as artists’ portraiture.

Rochester Folk Art Guild 1445 Upper Hill Rd
Middlesex, NY 14507-9799
585/554-3539 (Gallery)
E-mail: customerservice@rfag.org
The Rochester Folk Art Guild is a community of people sharing the aim of working practically toward a deeper understanding of themselves and their purpose, based on the teaching of G.I. Gurdjieff. Their crafts and community life provide ways to cultivate a special quality of attention amidst the activities of daily life. The Guild offers short workshops, internships, and longer apprenticeships which can last for a number of years in pottery, woodworking, organic farming, community living, and more. East Hill Gallery at the Rochester Folk Art Guild is open to the public every weekend, featuring fine handcrafts from the heart of the Finger Lakes Region.

Salem Art Works
Anthony Cafritz, Director
19 Cary Lane
Salem, NY 12865
518) 854-7674
Email: info@salemartworks.com
Salem Art Works (SAW) is an independent artists’ community situated on 120 acres of rolling hillside and pasture in Salem, New York. SAW hosts a community of diverse artists, providing residencies, workshops, community programs and lectures. The driving vision of SAW is the belief that community fosters growth in all endeavors, particularly artistic development and expression. SAW encourages young or developing artists to take part in its instructor-led classes and also encourages the public to visit the grounds to observe artists at work or enjoy the day reflecting in our sculpture park.

Saratoga County Arts Council
Dolores (Dee) Sarno, Executive Director
320 Broadway
Saratoga Springs, NY 12866
Fax 518/581-7666
The Saratoga County Arts Council was founded in 1986 by and for artists and audiences. The Arts Council is a non-profit arts service organization dedicated to developing and promoting a thriving year-round cultural environment in Saratoga County communities. Since 1997, the Arts Council has renovated and operated The Arts Center at the corner of Broadway and Spring Street in Saratoga Springs. Here, they welcome viewers to art exhibits, stimulate students in art classes and workshops, host performances, and coordinates many programs that bring the arts to every corner of Saratoga County.

Schweinfurth Memorial Art Center
Donna Lamb, Executive Director
205 Genesee Street
Auburn, NY 13021
E-mail: mail@schweinfurthartcenter.org

The Schweinfurth Memorial Art Center, a multi arts facility, located in Auburn, New York, and situated in the heart of the Finger Lakes, offers exhibitions, art classes, a gift shop, and multi arts programs including music, film, folk arts, poetry, storytelling and more.

Smith Center for the Arts
Richard H. Reiben, President and CEO
82 Seneca Street
Geneva, NY 14456
Fax 315/789-6360
E-mail: mail@thesmith.org

The Smith Center for the Arts is both a presenting organization and a catalyst for enhancing the role of the arts in the Finger Lakes. The organization owns and operates the historic Smith Opera House, manages a regional arts events calendar, and coordinates numerous other arts advocacy projects. It is led by a Board of Directors, and through its committee structure, leaders of other arts organizations in the Geneva area participate in knowledge-sharing and joint identification of strategic initiatives. The organization was formed in November 2008 through the merger of the Finger Lakes Regional Arts Council, Inc. and the Geneva Arts Development Council, which had determined that they could accomplish their missions more effectively by working as one.

Transart & Cultural Services
P.O. Box 148
West Park, New York, 12493-0148
Fax 845/384-6389
E-mail: info@transartinc.org

Transart produces exhibitions and concerts; scholars and speakers to address general audiences and professional development workshops on topics of cultural geography and multiculturalism; and arts-in-education workshops on subjects such as African Instruments (music), Myths and Stories Across Cultures, and African World Textiles.

Yates County Arts Center
NancyLangford, President
119 East Elm Street
Penn Yan, NY 14527
E-mail: YCAC@NancyLangford.com
The Yates County Arts Center, seeks to enhance and enrich life in Yates County through education and the advancement of the arts. Programs of YCAC are supported by an annual grant from the Yates County Legislature, from commissions collected on gallery sales, and by membership support.


Americans for the Arts
Robert Lynch, President and CEO
One East 53rd Street
2nd Floor
New York, NY 10022
Fax 212/980-4857

The Americans for the Arts, with offices in Washington, DC, and New York, and more than 5,000 organizational and individual members and stakeholders across the country, partners with local, state, and national arts organizations; government agencies; business leaders; individual philanthropists; educators; and funders throughout the country. They provide extensive arts industry research, and information and professional development opportunities for community arts leaders via specialized programs and services. Americans for the Arts produces annual events that heighten national visibility for the arts, including Arts Advocacy Day in Washington, DC.

Black Sheep Gallery
1689 West Jeddore Rd.
West Jeddore Village
Nova Scotia, CANADA B0J 1P0
(902) 889-5012
E-mail: blacksheep@eastlink.ca

The Black Sheep Gallery features self-taught and outsider art from the U.S. and Canada, with an emphasis on the works of Nova Scotia folk artists. Opened in 2000, the Black Sheep Gallery is situated in a converted 1200 square foot fish plant on the shore of Jeddore Harbour, less than one hour from Halifax. Check out on-line exhibitions at their website, and search through the list of featured artists.

Folk Art Society of America
Box 17041
Richmond, VA USA 23226
800/527-FOLK (3655)
E-mail: fasa@folkart.org

The Folk Art Society of America, founded in 1987, is a non-profit, membership organization which advocates the discovery, study, documentation, preservation, and exhibition of folk art, folk artists, and folk art environments. The Society publishes a journal, Folk Art Messenger, holds an annual conference, sponsors exhibitions, and maintains a research library.

John Michael Kohler Arts Center
Ruth DeYoung Kohler, Director
608 New York Avenue
Sheboygan, WI 53081
Fax 920/458-4473
E-mail: jgartmann@jmkac.org

The John Michael Kohler Arts Center, a not-for-profit organization established in 1967, serves as laboratory for the creation of new works, nurturer of interdisciplinary initiatives, originator of exhibitions, presenter and producer of performing arts, educator, publisher of critical writings, community builder, and advocate for issues affecting the arts. A major focus of the program are exhibitions devoted to a wide range of concepts and directions in contemporary art, with particular consideration of craft-related forms, installation works, photography, new genres, ongoing cultural traditions, and the work of self-taught artists. The performing arts shall emphasize new directions as well as continuing and evolving cultural traditions in dance, theatre, music, and interdisciplinary forms through programming that brings together artists from around the world with diverse regional audiences. The Connecting Communities program collaborates with community partners to involve outstanding artists with area cultural communities.

Jump Street
Robert C. Welsh, Executive Director
100 North Cameron Street, Suite 108
Harrisburg, PA 17101
E-mail: rwelsh@jumpstreet.org

Jump Street is a private, nonprofit, community-based arts incubator, serving Central Pennsylvania for nearly thirty year, serving Cumberland, Dauphin, and York Counties, with occasional projects expanding across Pennsylvania and beyond. With expertise is in arts-based program development, Jump Street provides consulting to artists and arts organizations, and community arts development. Additionally, Jump Street employs artists allowing them to practice their area of artistry while sharing their skills and abilities.

National Assembly of State Arts Agencies
Jonathan Katz, Chief Executive Officer
Dennis Dewey, Managing Director
1029 Vermont Avenue, NW
2nd Floor
Washington, DC 20005
Fax 202/737-0526
TDD 202/347-5948
E-mail: nasaa@nasaa-arts.org

The National Assembly of State Arts Agencies (NASAA) is the nonprofit membership organization that unites, represents and serves the nation’s state and jurisdictional arts agencies. NASAA seeks to advance and promote a meaningful role for the arts in the lives of individuals, families and communities throughout the United States by empowering state arts agencies through strategic assistance that fosters leadership, enhances planning and decision making, and increases resources.

National Endowment for the Arts

Folk & Traditional Arts
Barry Bergey, Director
1100 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20506
E-mail: bergeyb@arts.endow.gov

The National Endowment for the Arts is a public agency dedicated to supporting excellence in the arts, both new and established; bringing the arts to all Americans; and providing leadership in arts education. Established by Congress in 1965 as an independent agency of the federal government, the Endowment is the nation’s largest annual funder of the arts, bringing great art to all 50 states, including rural areas, inner cities, and military bases.

Folk & Traditional Arts applications for agency-wide Grants for Arts Projects (see guidelines at www.nea.gov/grants/apply/index.html) may be submitted under Access to Artistic Excellence at two deadlines: 1) Presentation of Living Cultural Heritage and 2) Heritage, Preservation and Services to the Field. In addition, funding for statewide folk arts programs is available through the Folk & Traditional Arts Infrastructure Partnership (see guidelines, limit of one per state). The National Endowment for the Arts National Heritage Fellowships Program, recognizing exemplary master artists, accepts nominations through October 1st of each year. Limited funding for Traditional Arts Growth to enable short-term technical assistance and/or consultancy is also available. Contact 202/682-5678 or 202/682-5726 for further information.

National Endowment for the Humanities
Bruce Cole, Chairman
1100 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20506
E-mail: info@neh.gov

The National Endowment for the Humanities funds research, education, museum exhibitions, documentaries, and preservation activities. Their web site includes online application forms and information about eligibility, as well as information on new exhibits, films, and books.

Native Women in the Arts
Sandra Laronde,
401 Richmond Street West,
Suite 420
Toronto, Ontario,
Fax 416/598-4729 E-mail: info@nativewomeninthearts.com

Native Women in the Arts (NWIA) is a not-for-profit organization, established in 1993, for First Nations, Metis and Inuit women from diverse artistic disciplines who share a common interest in culture, art, community and the advancement of Indigenous peoples. NWIA has fostered the artistic careers of hundreds of women and female youth. NWIA continues to pursue the highest standards of artistic excellence by presenting high quality artists, and by offering exceptional professional development opportunities to emerging artists.

Outsider Folk Art Gallery
George and Sue Viener
at Goggle Works Center for the Arts
201 Washington Street
Reading, PA 19601-4040
E-mail: george@outsiderfolkart.com

The Outsider Art Gallery is intended to be a vehicle for educating as well as selling. In 1970, George and Sue Viener were introduced to the world of Folk Art and Americana during their visit to the Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Museum in Williamsburg, Virginia. In 1986, they met Chuck and Jan Rosenak in Santa Fe, New Mexico and were welcomed by them into the world of living self-taught artists. You can take a virtual tour of their gallery at their website. You can also scroll through their directory of artists.


Other Allied Organizations

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Amber Dodge has created website focusing on newcomer arts, which she describes:
This website was designed to generate awareness of newcomer arts groups throughout North America, to advocate on their behalf, and to encourage discussion and collaboration among them.

Newcomers such as resettled refugees and immigrants bring their artistic skills and knowledge with them when they relocate to the US and Canada. They can benefit by having opportunities for creative self-expression and participation in the arts within their new communities, especially fiber arts. Participation in fiber arts projects can be the vehicle for newcomers to reinvent themselves and decide who they want to be going forward.

Unfortunately, the work that newcomer artisans do, along with the tireless efforts of employees and volunteers from numerous community organizations who support these artisans, often goes unnoticed and unappreciated. This website was designed to change that by bringing recognition and awareness to their work and demonstrating that arts groups make a significant contribution to the cultural vibrancy of the United States and Canada.”

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