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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 Education Organizations

Adirondack Folk School
Jim Mandle, Founder and Director
P.O. Box 2
Lake Luzerne, NY 12846
E-mail: jim.mandle@adirondackfolkschool.org

The Adirondack Folk School, located in Lake Luzerne, New York, is the only school in the country dedicated to promoting arts, crafts, and culture of the unique, upstate New York Adirondack region. Instructors share their knowledge of Adirondack crafts in courses offering twig and rustic furniture creation, caning, canoe paddle making, birch bark and pine needle basketry, fly tying, organic gardening, fiber arts, soap making, pottery, blacksmithing, and more.

Albany Institute of History and Art
Education Department
Christine M. Miles, Director
Erika Sanger, Director of Education
25 Washington Avenue
Albany, NY 12210
Fax 518/463-5506
E-mail: education@albanyinstitute.org

Founded in 1791, the Albany Institute of History & Art, one of the oldest museums in the United States, is dedicated to collecting, preserving, interpreting and promoting interest in the history, art and culture of Albany and the Upper Hudson Valley. The museum provides learning opportunities for students and teachers: using its world-renowned collection including Hudson River School paintings, decorative arts, historic objects and rare documents as well as special exhibitions, the Albany Institute offers valuable learning experiences that address New York State curriculum an National Standards. New York State and National Standards addressed during these programs are listed on their website and are downloadable in PDF format. Look for Teacher Resources on the website for a list of workshops and opportunities.

American Folklife Center
A Teacher's Guide to Folklife Resources for K-12 Classrooms

This guide has been updated and is now available exclusively as a searchable online resource. The updated version is available at http://www.loc.gov/folklife/teachers A Teacher’s Guide to Folklife Resources is a searchable database of educational resources by Carol Moran and Catherine Hiebert Kerst.

Association of Teaching Artists
Dale Davis, Executive Director
E-mail: submit@teachingartists.com

The Association of Teaching Artists (ATA) is a non-profit professional organization, founded in 1998, whose mission is to strengthen and serve Teaching Artists from all disciplines in New York State. The Association of Teaching Artists strives to create a community of professional Teaching Artists by: empowering the practice of Teaching Artists as a profession; providing a network for communication and the exchange of resources; shaping the field of Arts in Education; providing advocacy, training, and professional development; and publicly recognizing distinguished achievement. The ATA maintains a listserv and is a collaborator in the Common Ground for Learning Conference.

City Lore: Education Programs
Amanda Dargan, Education Director
56 E. First Street
New York, NY 10003

City Lore’s education programs engage youth, families, and educators in exploring the role of the arts and culture in their own lives and in the lives of others. City Lore provides high quality arts learning experiences to students in grades K-12. They specialize in placing traditional and folk artists in schools, and also collaborate with contemporary artists whose own work explores the themes of community, identity, and history. Additionally, City Lore provides consultations and workshops to help educators integrate arts and cultural studies into curricula and bring community and oral history projects to learners of all ages. Their Education Resource Center contains books, films, audio recordings, and education guides with a focus on New York City history, American history, world history, cultural traditions, oral history, and arts education. Cultural Arts Resources for Teachers and Students (CARTS) is an annual magazine published by City Lore.students conduct community-based fieldwork.

Cooperstown Graduate Program
Gretchen Sorin, Director
P.O. Box 800
Cooperstown, NY 13326
E-mail: raddatc@oneonta.edu

The Cooperstown Graduate Program, co-sponsored by the New York State Historical Association and the State University of New York College at Oneonta, trains professionals in an intensive program leading to a Master of Arts Degree in Museum Studies.

Culture and Media Studies
Eugene Lang College
The New School

65 West 11th St
New York, NY 10011
Office of Admission: 72 Fifth Avenue, 2nd Floor
New York, NY 10011
Fax: 212.229.5355
E-mail: lang@newschool.edu

The major in Culture and Media in the Eugene Lang College of Liberal Arts at the New School provides students with critical research and production tools to understand the pivotal role of culture and media in the contemporary world. The major examines a variety of symbolic practices through interdisciplinary lenses, and particularly through a grounding in the technologies, forms, institutions, and effects of media. Incorporating insights from various fields, both traditional and emergent, Culture and Media is a fertile meeting ground for theories of publics and audiences, power and subjectivity, and representations and actions. Course subjects, perspectives, and topics are grouped around concentrations that focus on new media cultures; transnational media dynamics; popular and media histories; and issues of racial, gendered, and sexual identity formations.

Empire State College
One Union Ave
Saratoga Springs, NY 12866
Center for Distance Learning:
800/847-3000 or
518/587-2100 ext. 2300
Fax 518/587-2660

Empire State College’s Center for Distance Learning, in a partnership with the New York Folklore Society, in 2006 and 2008, offered a six-week summer field school/course on doing community fieldwork — Exploring Place: Documenting Your Community’s Culture and Traditions. The purpose of the course is to offer community scholars and other students interested in documenting, presenting, or researching the culture of their local community to learn fieldwork methods and strategies, and to engage with critical issues that arise in the context of conducting local fieldwork.

Genesee Country Village and Museum
Betsy W. Harrison, President & CEO
Maria Neale, Education Coordinator
1410 Flint Hill Road
Mumford, NY 14511
Fax 585/538-6927
E-mail: Mneale@gcv.org

The Genesee Country Village and Museum is New York’s largest living history museum. More than 25,000 students and teachers visit the museum each year for on-site learning opportunities. With the help of friendly interpreters in the historic village, students see history come to life as teachers use museum collections and experiences to help meet state learning standards in Social Studies; English Language Arts; Math, Science and Technology and more. Interdisciplinary programs offer opportunities to link social studies with science and art through visits to the John L. Wehle Art Gallery and the Genesee Country Nature Center. Available through the website is an Educator’s Guide and information on enrichment options and focused field studies, as well as the "Moveable Museum", their outreach program. The Museum also offers workshops for educators with opportunities for professional development.

Iroquois Indian Museum
P.O. Box 7
324 Caverns Road
Howes Cave, NY 12092
Fax 518/296-8955
E-mail: info@iroquoismuseum.org

The Iroquois Indian Museum is an educational institution dedicated to fostering understanding of Iroquois culture using Iroquois art as a window to that culture. The museum is a venue for promoting Iroquois art and artists, and a meeting place for all peoples to celebrate Iroquois culture and diversity. As an anthropological institution, it is informed by research on archaeology, history, and the common creative spirit of modern artists and craftspeople. The Children’s Museum, located on the ground floor of the Museum, interprets the adult Museum to young people with their parents or teachers in an active “hands-on” environment where Iroquois traditions are introduced through a variety of crafts, games, and technologies. The Electronic Longhouse on the website features school projects and research information.

Library of Congress
Using Oral History

Drawing on primary sources from the American Memory Collection, American Life Histories, 1936-1940, manuscripts from the Federal Writers’ Project of the WPA, these lessons present social history and folklore content and topics through the voices of ordinary people. The web site includes teachers material, student lessons, and primary source sets.

Long Island Studies Institute
Prof. Geri Solomon
West Campus Library
Hofstra University
619 Fulton Avenue
Hempstead, NY 11550-1090
E-mail: Geri Solomon

The Long Island Studies Institute a cooperative endeavor of Hofstra University and Nassau County, is a major center for the study of Long Island local and regional history. The Institute collections include the Nassau County Museum collection which had been at Eisenhower Park and Hofstra University’s James N. MacLean Nassau County American Legion Memorial collection. A rich repository for local history research, the reference collection includes books, photographs, newspapers, maps, census records, genealogies, government documents, manuscripts, and audiovisual materials. The collections are available to scholars, teachers, students, and the general public.

Masters of Traditional Arts
Documentary Arts, Inc.

Project Director: Alan Govenar

Education Guide: Paddy Bowman, Betty Carter, Alan Govenar

Email: Inquiries@docarts.com

Masters of Traditional Arts is an ongoing interdisciplinary project produced by Documentary Arts. It focuses on the recipients of the National Heritage Fellowship, awarded annually by the National Endowment for the Arts since 1982. This website culminates more than three decades of work. You can download the Masters of Traditional Arts Education Guide from the website. Not only can students meet diverse real people telling their stories, performing their music, and demonstrating their richly varied crafts, they also explore the traditions and cultural heritage of their own families and communities through easily adaptable activities and lessons that teach important literacy skills. Educators, students and parents can use this guide to discover many people, ideas, art forms and ways to link youths with their elders, families, neighborhoods, other cultural groups and the larger community. The traveling exhibition, developed and curated by Alan Govenar of Documentary Arts, Inc. and Marsha McDowell of Michigan State University Museum, Extraordinary Ordinary People includes includes selected artworks made by the National Heritage Fellows, and videos, photos, and interactive media, including 16 human-sized photos and 80 photographs that both document the context in which selected artists work and the process through which their arts are made.

Ndakinna Education Center
James Bruchac, Director
23 Middle Grove Road
Greenfield Center, NY 12833
Fax 518/583-9741

The Ndakinna Education Center is an affiliate of the Greenfield Review Literary Center, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit and charitable organization. The Center offers people of all ages unique hands-on learning experiences, creative presentations, and exhibit spaces focusing on regional Native American understandings, Adirondack culture, wilderness skills and awareness of the natural world. Their programs emphasize observation skills, interactive learning activities, critical thinking, cooperative problem solving and teambuilding for all ages. Programs and series are presented year-round at the Education Center and on the adjacent 80-acre Marion F. Bowman Bruchac Memorial Nature Preserve.

New York Council for the Humanities
150 Broadway, Suite 1700
New York, NY 10038
Fax 212/233-4607
E-mail: nych@nyhumanities.org

The New York Council on the Humanities, as a not-for-profit, independent affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities, works with more than 4,000 cultural institutions such as libraries, historical sites, museums, art galleries, colleges and universities, and community centers to bring innovative, thought-provoking programs to over a quarter of a million New Yorkers annually. Lectures on anthropology and folklife, as well as by heritage, identity group and American historical subjects, are described on their site, with links to individual speakers available in their speaker series. The Council awards Major Grants ($2500 and higher) and Mini Grants ($250 to $2500) to provide financial support for public programs presented by not-for-profit organizations across New York State that bring humanities scholars and scholarship to a general public audience with special consideration is given to projects that reach underserved populations.

New York Institute of Technology (NYIT)–China
NYIT Center for Humanities and Culture at
Nanjing University of Posts and Telecommunications (NUPT)
c/o NUPT, 9 Wenyuan RoadQixia District
Nanjing, Jiangsu 210046
People's Republic of China
Phone: 86.25.85866729
E-mail: kkwek@nyit.edu

The NYIT Center is one of the original twelve American Culture Centers in China created to present a variety of American viewpoints to the Chinese. The NYIT Director, NUPT Associate Director, and sixteen part time NYIT-NUPT students are responsible for presenting at least one international and/or local guest speaker a month in addition to conducting weekly activities such as international film colloquiums and English Corner. Specific activities may include the following: lectures by international or local scholars and politicians; readings or screenings and discussions of the work of novelists, poets, filmmakers, and dramatists; performances of dancers and musicians; demonstrations and/or exhibits of painters, sculptors, and folk artists. On Monday, March 23, 2015, Ellen McHale, Ph.D., Director, New York Folklore Society, gave a presentation on her new book Stable Views: Voices and Stories from the Thoroughbred Racetrack (University Press of Mississippi, 2014), accompanied by a photo exhibit.

New York State Archives
Educational Resources
Cultural Education Center
Albany, NY 12230
Fax 518/473-7573
E-mail: ARCHINFO@mail.nysed.gov

Consider the Source: Historical Records in the Classroom can be obtained from the New York State Archives’ web site. It includes reproductions of historical records with lesson plans and activities.

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.

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Electronic Media, Arts & Communication (EMAC)
10 8th St.
Troy, NY 12180
E-mail: Kathy Colman

The B.S. in Electronic Media, Arts, and Communication (EMAC) at Rensselaer is one of the first undergraduate programs of its kind in the United States. EMAC is jointly offered by the Arts Department, and the Department of Language, Literature and Communication at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. The EMAC program integrates creative and critical thought with expertise in advanced electronic multimedia. The interdisciplinary approach of arts and communication produces entrepreneurs and critical thinkers who will use technology in innovative ways in commercial, academic and artistic spheres.

Rootdrinker Institute
P.O. Box 522
Delmar, NY 12054
E-mail: Casline@rootdrinker.com

Established in 1975, Rootdrinker has published books, broadsides, posters, and periodic journals. Often regional and occasionally international, Rootdrinker has contributed to folklore, natural history, bio-regional, and graphic storytelling. Publisher and editor Alan Casline has published one book of poetry and three broadside poems since December 2006 using his own Benevolent Bird Press in Delmar, New York.

Syracuse University
Department of Anthropology
209 Maxwell Hall
Syracuse, NY 13244-1090
Fax 315/443-4860
E-mail: anthro@maxwell.syr.edu

The Department of Anthropology at Syracuse University is committed to comparative research on the diversity of human life through the traditional four subfields of anthropology (archaeology, biological anthropology, linguistic anthropology and sociocultural anthropology). The subdiscipline of sociocultural anthropology is distinguished by a concern for sociocultural changes and the unique human capacity to create and use symbols. Faculty members’ interests in cultural systems range from language and cognition, literature, understandings of the body and personhood, ethnicity, conflict resolution, and folklore to ritual, communication, cosmology, health care, notions of space and place, architecture, as well as issues of representation.

Syracuse University Press
Peter Webber, Director
621 Skytop Road, Suite 110
Syracuse, NY 13244-5290
Fax 315/443-5545
E-mail: supress@syr.edu

Syracuse University Press (SUP) is a nonprofit publisher with a strong list of both academic and trade titles. Of particular interest to members and friends of the New York Folklore Society are the series in Adirondack Museum Books, The Iroquois and their Neighbors, New Netherlands Documents, New York Classics, New York Historical Manuscripts, and New York City History and Culture, as well the forthcoming ENCYCLOPEDIA OF NEW YORK STATE, available in 2002. SUP also offers important titles in Jewish Studies, Middle East Studies, Irish Studies, and a range of other fields.

Teaching the Hudson Valley
THV, Home of FDR
4097 Albany Post Road
(845) 229-9116, ext. 35
Hyde Park, NY 12538
E-mail: info@TeachingtheHudsonValley.org
Teaching the Hudson Valley (THV) aims to help teachers share with students and other educators an understanding of and love for the culture, ecology, and history of the Valley, and the tools needed to preserve it. THV makes annual curriculum development grants to schools and holds summer institutes featuring experts on the culture, ecosystems, and history of the Hudson Valley. Their website offers expanding resources for educators; join the community and check out the library of free Hudson Valley lesson plans—teacher-tested K-12 lessons and activities. Each lesson uses a significant Hudson Valley destination to teach nearly every subject. Browse plans for keyword, grade, subject, NYS learning standard, location or county. You can post new plans or variations of plans on their free community platform. Membership is free!

UNESCO World Heritage Convention

The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization seeks to encourage the identification, protection, and preservation of cultural and natural heritage, as embodied in their international treaty, the Convention Concerning the Protection of the World Cultural and Natural Heritage. A wide range of World Heritage publications, from periodicals to brochures and information kits, books, manuals, reports, and a map of World Heritage sites are available in a variety of languages for adults and young people. Also on the UNESCO website, are descriptions of masterpieces of intangible heritage, including oral traditions, social practices, traditional performing arts and craftsmanship, rituals, and festive events.

World Awareness Children’s Museum
Jacquiline Touba, Ph.D.,
Executive Director
174-176 Glen Street
Glens Falls, New York 12801
E-mail: wacm@worldchildrensmuseum.org

The World Awareness Children’s Museum is an educational institution which fosters knowledge and appreciation of world cultures through exhibitions, interactive programming, the International Youth Art Exchange and educator-led tours. Created in 1995, the museum has a mission to foster awareness, understanding, and appreciation of worldwide cultural diversity for children and adults. Their Outreach Program uses different celebrations from around the world to show students the similarities and differences in cultures.


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.

Changes? Is your organization here, but you’ve moved, changed your email or your leadership, or introduced new programs you would like to highlight, then please help us keep this page updated. Email nyfs@nyfolklore.org with any updates.

The American Folklore Society has created an information piece for students about the field of folklore studies, the AFS, and the opportunities AFS provides to students.
See the brochure here.

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