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Folklore & Allied Professions

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Folk Arts Programs in Other Organizations

Adirondack Lakes Center for the Arts
Ellen C. Butz, Executive Director
Route 28
P.O. Box 205
Blue Mountain Lake, NY 12812
Fax 518/352-7333
E-mail: alca@telenet.net

The Adirondack Lakes Center for the Arts (ALCA) operates year-round to bring quality visual and performing arts to a region of the state rich in natural beauty but lacking in cultural opportunities. Programs include music, dance, and theatre performances, films, and a wide range of classes for adults and children. These include drawing, pottery, woodworking, photography, writing, and fiber arts.

Arts & Cultural Council for Greater Rochester
Sarah E. Lentini, Executive Director
David Sample,
Executive Director

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

The ARTS Council of the
Southern Finger Lakes

Ginnie Lupi, Executive Director
Connie Sullivan-Blum, Folk Arts Director
32 West Market Street
Market Street
Corning, NY 14830
Fax 607/962-4128
E-mail: folkARTS@eARTS.org

The Arts of the Southern Finger Lakes is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to to the enhancement of cultural life in Chemung, Schuyler, and Steuben Counties. The folk arts program serves these counties as well as Allegany and Tioga Counties.

The Arts Center of the Capital Region
Amy Williams, President and Executive Director
265 River Street
Troy, NY 12180
Fax 518/273-4591
Email info@artscenteronline.org

The Arts Center is a regional center for the advancement of the arts in daily life. With education, presentation, outreach, service, and advocacy, the Arts Center promotes a richer community through broad participation in the making and personal experience of art. Bringing the work of living artists to the community, The Arts Center strives to bring out the art that is in the community, promoting creativity and imagination as well as innovation and excellence. Working with school children and adults, local colleges, and artists and arts organizations throughout the Capital Region, The Arts Center has served thousands of individuals through art classes, folk arts and cultural programs, presentations and documentation, gallery programs, summer arts enrichment programs and streetside art festivals.

Arts Council of Wyoming County
Jacqueline Hoyt, Executive Director
Karen Canning, Staff Folklorist
31 South Main Street (Rte. 39)
P.O. Box 249
Perry, NY 14530
Fax 585/237-6385
Email info@artswyco.org

The Arts Council for Wyoming County (ACWC) provides opportunities for artists to create art, and for the community to engage in the arts. ACWC’s newsletter ArtsNews includes articles, calendar listings for area arts and cultural events and opportunities for artists. They sponsor events such as gallery openings, classic film screenings, concerts, artist gatherings, and educational programs such as classes, lectures, presentations and workshops.

Janet T. Langsam,
Executive Director
Tom Van Buren,
31 Mamaroneck Avenue
White Plains, NY 10601
E-mail: tvanburen@westarts.com

The Westchester Arts Council’s was founded in 1965 on the belief that the arts are for everyone. The council works to build support for artists and cultural organizations in Westchester through grants, technical assistance and arts-in-education programs that connects professional teaching artists with schools, bringing the arts into the classroom, and community arts projects that brings artist into after-school programs, daycare and senior centers. The Folk Arts Program identifies, documents and presents artists from across Westchester County’s cultural and ethnic communities who practice traditions of music, dance, verbal, and material arts in collaborative programs for diverse audiences.

Asian American Arts Centre
Annual Folk Art Festival
Robert Lee, Executive Director
111 Norfolk St. (between Rivington St. & Delancey St.)
New York, NY 10002
Fax 212/766-1287
E-mail: aaacinfo@aartspiral.org

Asian American Arts Centre was founded in 1974 as a not-for-profit organization to present both traditional and contemporary exhibitions and performances to Asian American communities and the general public. Its mission is to promote the preservation and creative vitality of Asian American cultural growth through the arts, and its historical and aesthetic linkage to other communities. The Arts Centre accomplishes this by presenting traditional arts and culture through its ongoing synthesis of contemporary American and Asian arts forms, utilizing performance, exhibition, and public education. The founders continue this commitment in a community setting to ensure its benefits accrue to the Asian American community.

Brooklyn Arts Council
Folk Arts Program
Kay Turner, Folk Arts Director
55 Washington St., Suite 218
Brooklyn, NY 11201
Fax 718/625-3294 E-mail: folkarts@brooklynartscouncil.org

The Brooklyn Arts Council (BAC) Folk Arts Program creates opportunities for the presentation and preservation of Brooklyn’s traditional arts. Presenting arts and artists is their central goal, but the program also seeks to explore, document, and archive Brooklyn’s folk traditions, maintaining an expanding archive of recordings, videotapes, and photographs that document the evolving folklife of Brooklyn. Folk arts are also an important part of BAC’s Arts in Education Programs; artists perform and give workshop/demonstrations in public schools throughout the five boroughs. Technical services are provided for folk artists, and the website includes an on-line registry of Brooklyn literary, performing and visual artists.

Castellani Art Museum
Kate Koperski, Director
DeVeaux Campus
Niagara University, NY 14109
E-mail: cam@niagara.edu

The Folk Arts Program of the Castellani Museum collaborates with local ethnic and minority communities in preserving and presenting their traditional arts. Working closely with community consultants, the Folk Arts Program locates and documents folk artists often unknown outside of their own family and friends. Ongoing documentation is then used in exhibitions, publications, artist demonstrations, and performances that bring folk arts to a wider audience. A permanent museum program since 1991, the Folk Arts Program is also developing a permanent archive of folk arts documentation as a resource for teachers and scholars.

Community Arts Network of Oneonta
Kathleen Frascatore,
11 Ford Avenue
Oneonta, NY 13820
Phone: (607) 432-2070
E-mail: admin@CANOneonta.org

Formerly, the Upper Catskill Community Council of the arts (UCCCA), the Community Arts Network of Oneonta has developed a folk arts program which celebrates the traditions and folk artists of the region. The UCCCA Gallery contains a vast array of professional work created by the over 200 artists who display and sell through this community showcase. UCCCA offers the Oneonta community many services, including an artist’s resume service, community newsletters, community service work and events, exhibition programs, a young people’s art exhibition, an annual performance series, and a film exhibition series.

Crandall Public Library
Center for Folklife, History
and Cultural Programs

Todd DeGarmo, Director
251 Glen Street, City Park
Glens Falls, NY 12801-3507
Fax 518/792-5251
Email degarmo@crandalllibrary.org

The Folklife Center preserves and presents the living and historical heritage of the upper Hudson Valley and the Southern Adirondacks of upstate New York. The Folklife Center produces cultural programs of dance, music and storytelling; hosts lecture series and family workshops; develops exhibitions and publications; manages an archives and special collections for public research; and documents regional culture with original research.

Dutchess County Arts Council
Benjamin Krevolin, President
Folk and Traditional Arts Program
Polly Adema, Folklorist
9 Vassar Street, Garden Level Suite
Poughkeepsie, NY 12601
Fax 845/454-6902
Email info@artsmidhudson.org

The Dutchess County Arts Council strengthens and supports the artistic, administrative, marketing and cooperative capabilities of cultural organizations and individual artists, and represents their efforts with other segments of the community. The Folk and Traditional Arts Program researches, documents and presents the arts and traditions of our region’s diverse communities. Core programs include folk arts at the Hudson River Arts Festival and an annual African American gospel concert. The Arts Council also provides technical support for folk artists and community organizations.

The Genesee-Orleans Regional Arts Council (GO ART!)
Kelly M. Kiebala, Executive Director
Folk Arts Program
Karen Canning, Staff Folklorist
201 E. Main Street
Batavia, NY 14020-2205
Fax 585/345-1608

Email info@goart.org

The Genesee-Orleans Regional Arts Council (GO ART!) serves artists and promotes the arts in Genesee and Orleans Counties. Its Folk Arts Program coordinates research, documentation, and public programs throughout a wide region, including Livingston and Wyoming Counties. Recent projects include local music and dance traditions; material arts; Native American, ethnic, and migrant communities’ arts. Currently, the Program is establishing a regional depository and research center for Western New York folk arts.

Genesee Valley Council on the Arts
Kathryn Hollinger, Executive Director
Karen Canning, Director, Traditional Arts Program
Livingston Arts Center
4 Murray Hill Drive
Mount Morris, NY 14510
Fax 585/243-6787
E-mail: mail@gvcaonline.org

The Genesee Valley Council on the Arts (GVCA) works to enrich the quality of life in Livingston County by encouraging and promoting the arts and cultural activities through support of artists, schools, and community groups. Primarily an arts service organization with offices at Livingston Arts Center, the arts council forms partnerships with businesses, schools, SUNY Geneseo, libraries, historical societies, and other organizations and individuals to serve local artists and audiences. GVCA maintains an extensive registry of local artists, provides information and assistance, and publishes ArtSphere, a quarterly newsletter containing the county’s arts and cultural calendar. The arts council also manages Livingston Arts Center, home of the New Deal Gallery and its 200+ piece collection of WPA artwork, and Apartment One Gallery, an exhibition space for regional artists and art of special interest, and offers classes and workshops open to the community.

Michael J. Quill Irish Cultural & Sports Centre
Irish Arts Week & Traditional Festival
Paul Keating, Artistic Director
Rte. 145, Box 320
East Durham, NY 12423
FAX 518/634-2058
E-mail: irishcentre@direcway.com

11th Annual Catskills Irish Arts Week (July 10-15th) and the 15th Annual Traditional Irish Music & Dance Festival (July 16th) is dedicated to the preservation and promotion of the cultural and artistic heritage of the Irish and those of Irish descent. The Arts Week and Festival attract some of the finest Irish traditional musicians, dancers, and storytellers in the world. Classes and workshops, sessions, and concerts are held throughout the week, and students of all levels have the chance to study and perform.The fun begins Sunday, July 10 through Saturday, July 16, 2005.

Mind-Builders Creative Arts Center
Community Folklife Program
Madaha Kinsey-Lamb, Director
3415 Olinville Avenue
Bronx, NY 10467
Fax 718/652-7324 E-mail: mindbuilders@hotmail.com

Mind-Builders Creative Arts Center promotes the development of positive life styles by helping urban youth and families reach their fullest potential through arts, education, and counseling. Its Community Folklife Program is an intergenerational research, documentation, and presentation program dedicated to the exploration and preservation of Latino, Caribbean, African, and African-American cultural heritage of the community.

New York Creates
E-mail: Ted Berger at ted@newyorkcreates.org

In 2003, the New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA) founded New York Creates to assist craft and folk artists and artisans in enhancing the income they receive practicing their art, thereby bringing greater economic progress to them and to their communities. In July 2005, New York Creates became separate from NYFA, with its own programs and activities, including crafts fairs and workshops. In 2006, New York Creates in conjunction with NYFA, will launch an online registry and gallery for New York State craft and traditional artists and artisans.

Queens Council on the Arts
Hoong Yee Lee Krakauer, Executive Director
Folk Arts Program
Bradley Shope, Director
79-01 Park Lane South
Woodhaven, NY 11421-1166
Fax 718/647-5036
E-mail: qca@queenscouncilarts.org

Queens Council on the Arts supports and promotes Queens artists and cultural organizations, sponsors performances and exhibits, and produces videos and publications highlighting the borough’s cultural resources. The Folk Arts program documents and presents traditions of various communities in Queens--the nation’s most ethnically diverse county -- through public programming such as concerts, festivals, videos and publications. Folk Arts publications include, Beyond the Grave: Cultures of Queens Cemeteries and The International Express: A guide to ethnic communities along the IRT #7 train.

Roberson Museum &
Science Center

30 Front Street
Binghamton, NY 13905-4774
Fax 607/771-8905
E-mail: info@roberson.org

The Roberson Museum and Science Center is a nationally recognized regional museum and science center with emphasis on art, folklife, history, natural history, science and technology. It includes exhibition galleries, an historic turn-of-the-century mansion, planetarium, theater, educational and technology center, life-science learning center and a museum shop and cafe.


Other Allied Organizations

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