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Folklore & Allied Professions

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FOLK ARTS & CULTURE:   Folklore and Allied Professions

Folk Arts Programs in Other Organizations

Adirondack Lakes Center for the Arts
Jamie Strader, Interim Director
3446 State Route 28
P.O. Box 205
Blue Mountain Lake, NY 12812
Fax 518/352-7333
E-mail: office@adirondackarts.org

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.

The ARTS Council of the
Southern Finger Lakes

Connie Sullivan-Blum, Executive Director
Maria Kennedy, Folk Arts Coordinator
The Hawkes Building
79 West Market Street
Corning, NY 14830
Fax 607/962-4128
E-mail: folkarts@eARTS.org

The ARTS Council of the Southern Finger Lakes is an advocate for arts and culture in Chemung, Steuben, Schuyler, and Tioga counties. The ARTS Council works to enhance quality-of-life in our communities through the direct and indirect support of the arts. The ARTS Council is a hub for research and programming in the arts within its service region, supporting services for artist members and cultural partners, artist development programs, and folk and traditional arts. The Folk Arts Program conducts fieldwork with local traditional artists and works in partnership with local cultural institutions, educators, businesses, and community groups to present folk arts to the larger community.

The Arts Center of the Capital Region
Elizabeth Reiss, CEO
Sara Boylen, Director of Exhibits
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, GLOW Traditions Director
31 South Main Street
Perry, NY 14530
Fax 585/237-6385
Email hoyt@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.

Arts Mid-Hudson (AMH)
Linda Marston-Reid, Executive Director
Folk Arts Program
Polly Adema, Director
696 Dutchess Turnpike
Poughkeepsie, NY 12603
Fax 845/454-6902
Email info@artsmidhudson.org

The Arts Mid-Hudson Folk Arts Program works with Mid-Hudson Valley-based folk artists, traditional bearers, and community groups to preserve and present the rich heritage and diversity of area residents. Through ethnographic research, AMH’s Folk Arts Program documents how cultural communities mark their identities and celebrate themselves. Based on this research, in collaboration with community organizations, the Folk Arts Program presents the folklife of cultural, ethnic, occupational, regional, and religious groups at public programs ranging from festivals to library interactive events to lecture-demonstrations. The Program also offers Technical Assistance to area cultural organizations and traditional artisans.

Janet T. Langsam,
Chief Executive Officer
Tom Van Buren,
Director, Folk Arts & Performance Programs
31 Mamaroneck Avenue, 3rd Floor
White Plains, NY 10601
Fax: 914.428.4306
E-mail: website@artswestchester.org

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
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
Christopher Mulé, Folk Arts Director
20 Jay Street, Suite 616
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 of Niagara University
Kate Koperski, Director
Edward Millar, Curator of Folk Arts
5795 Lewiston Rd.
PO Box 1938
Niagara University, NY 14109-1938
E-mail: kjk@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
LeeAnn Kuhn, President
Wilber Mansion, 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
The Folklife Center

Todd DeGarmo, Founding Director of The Folklife Center
251 Glen Street, City Park
Glens Falls, NY 12801-3507
518/792-6508 x 237
Fax 518/792-5251
Email degarmo@crandalllibrary.org

The Folklife Center at Crandall Public Library is an award-winning program created by the Library’s Board of Trustees in 1993 and empowered with the mission to preserve and present the cultural traditions of the upper Hudson Valley and southern Adirondacks of upstate New York through its gallery, archives, and cultural programs.

The Genesee-Orleans Regional Arts Council (GO ART!)
Jenn Gray, Executive Director
Folk Arts Program
Karen Canning, GLOW Traditions Director
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.

Livingston Arts
Chris Norton, Executive Director
Karen Canning, Director, GLOW Traditions Director
Livingston Arts
4 Murray Hill Drive
Mount Morris, NY 14510
Fax 585/243-6787
E-mail: info@LivingstonArts.org

Livingston Arts has been Livingston County’s official arts council for 45 years. The mission of the arts council is to enrich the quality of life in the Livingston County area by encouraging and promoting the arts and cultural activities through support of artists, schools and community groups. The arts council manages three galleries at Livingston Arts and holds various exhibit openings, arts and theater events throughout the year. We also support an array of programs and services for artists, arts and cultural organizations, students and the community at large. The arts council forms partnerships with businesses, schools, SUNY Geneseo, libraries, historical societies and other organizations and individuals to serve local artists and audiences.

Michael J. Quill Irish Cultural & Sports Centre
Donal Gallagher, Executive Director
Reidin O’Flynn, Artistic Director
2267 Route 145
P.O. Box 320
East Durham, NY 12423
FAX 518/634-2058
E-mail: mjqirishcentre@yahoo.com

The Michael J. Quill Irish Cultural & Sports Centre is a 501(c)(3) educational non-profit corporation founded in 1987. The Centre works to preserve and protect the cultural and artistic heritage of the Irish and those of Irish descent, actively in encouraging and promoting the development of younger artists who will carry their heritage with them into the next century. The Centre presents to the public a variety of Irish cultural programs, both historic and contemporary, in fine arts, language, literature, theater, music, dance and folk arts.

Mind-Builders Creative Arts Center
Community Folk Culture Program
Madaha Kinsey-Lamb, Executive Director
3415 Olinville Avenue
Bronx, NY 10467
Fax 718/652-7324 E-mail: generalmanager@mind-builders.org

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

NYCreates is a non-profit organization committed to helping people who make objects with their hands. We seek to broaden the public’s awareness of the diversity and excellence of handmade objects created and made in NYC through local and citywide initiatives NYCreates has been building an infrastructure to expand opportunities, visibility, and marketability for NYC’s crafts artists and artisans, with a special concentration on immigrant creators, to reach an expanded consumer public. We are committed to providing increased technical assistance and resources, including micro-financing initiatives, to improve the economies of craft artists and artisans throughout the city. NYCreates is sponsored by New York Foundation for the Arts and the Brooklyn Historical Society.

Staten Island Arts Folklife Program
Christopher Hellstrom, Executive Director
Naomi Sturm, Folklorist
Culture Lounge/10 Ferry Terminal Drive
Staten Island, NY 10301
E-mail: info@statenislandarts.org

Staten Island Arts’ Folklife program (SIA Folklife) is dedicated to the preservation,promotion, and safeguarding of traditional arts, through programming and technical assistance. On Staten Island, examples of these expressions can be found in the architecture of Our Lady of Mount Carmel Grotto, the sharing of Liberian folk tales told in their native dialects, the distribution of Sri Lankan foodways through markets and restaurants, the ritual and celebration of Mexican Independence Day, monthly Irish traditional music sessions, and the occupational traditions that preserve one of the city’s last working waterfronts.


Other Allied Organizations

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