I am writing to you to extend an invitation to the opening reception for “Memories Hold,” an exhibit launching: “Staten Island’s Working Waterfront: Maritime Folklife in New York City’s Forgotten Borough”
Opening Reception Thursday, July 14th beginning at 7:00 p.m. Staten Island Arts’ Culture Lounge
St. George Ferry Terminal
10 Ferry Terminal Drive, Staten Island, NY
I invite you, and other NYFS supporters, to join me and NYFS Board Member and SI Arts Folklorist, Naomi Sturm at this gala event. I look forward to attending and to greeting you in Staten Island! Please let me know if you will be planning to attend.
Ellen McHale, Ph.D.
New York Folklore Society
6-8 p.m., Thursday, June 23; Monday, June 27; and Thursday, June 30
At the Amsterdam Free Library, 28 Church Street, Amsterdam, NY 12010 RSVP ONLINE
NEW YORK FOLKLORE SOCIETY RECEIVES TWO NEA GRANTS
The New York Folklore Society (NYFS) has received two grants from the National Endowment for the Arts in the funding cycle announced on May 10. NYFS is the only recipient for this round of NEA support within the central Capital Region (Albany, Schenectady, Troy).
An NEA grant of $13,000 will support Traditional Arts Learning: A Study and Convening. The society’s mentorship and professional development programs for folk artists, folklorists, and community organizers will be analyzed through surveys, phone conversations, and group discussions with the programs’ participants. A conference will evaluate the findings and offer suggestions for improvements. The results of the survey and meeting will be published in a report that will be posted online. The project marks the organization’s 25th year of conducting professional development programs.
NYFS has also been awarded $40,000 through the NEA Partnership program to support statewide technical assistance and professional development services to the folk and traditional arts field. These services will expand to include field research, technical assistance, and programming in the Mohawk Valley, Finger Lakes, and Southern Tier regions of the state. Technical assistance and professional development services developed by New York Folklore Society and the New York State Council on the Arts will include activities such as organizational and board development assistance, artists’ marketing and self-presentation, and community scholar field schools, as well as programs for emerging folklorists, including conferences, internships, and convenings.
Photo by Ellen McHale
2016 NYFS Conference!
Crisis of Place: Preserving Folk & Vernacular Architecture in New York
Saturday, April 2, 2016 The Cooper Union, Rose Auditorium New York City
In this one-day conference, folklorists, architects, historic preservationists, museum professionals, community members, and students came together to address questions concerning the significant crisis in our understanding of everyday landscapes and the built environment:
Democratizing the (Folk) Arts Nonprofit Workplace
February 28, 2016, 5-8 p.m. Alliance of Resident Theatres/New York (A.R.T./New York), Brooklyn, NY SEE VIDEOS from the Forum
William G. Pomeroy Foundation
LEGENDS AND LORE MARKER GRANTS We are in our 2nd Year!
The William G. Pomeroy Foundation partnered with the New York Folklore Society in 2015 to launch a grant program to celebrate legends and folklore as part of New York’s history. In just one year, we funded 14 markers.
Legends are sometimes referred to as “folk history.” They are reports and stories that explain an unusual event, a unique person, or warn others as in a cautionary tale. Passed from person to person over time, there is often historical truth at the heart of every legend. The details, however, are often altered through oral communication.
ELIGIBILITY Grants available to 501(c)3 organizations and municipalities within New York State.
The New York Folklore Society, in collaboration with the Folk Arts Program of the New York State Council on the Arts, is pleased to announce that Hannah C. Davis is serving as the Upstate New York Regional Representative for Folk Arts. A native of Noblesville, Indiana, Hannah holds a BA in Folklore and Ethnomusicology from Indiana University and an MA in Folk Studies from Western Kentucky University. Previously, Hannah worked as a program coordinator for Traditional Arts Indiana, and as an intern for the Smithsonian’s Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage and the American Folklore Society.
As the Upstate Regional Representative, Hannah will carry out field research on traditional music, dance, material culture, occupational traditions, narrative, occupational folklife, and other customary practices and identify traditions and folk artists. Her service area includes the southwestern counties of Allegany, Chatauqua and Cattaraugus, and a large portion of Central New York (Tompkins, Cayuga, Seneca, Yates, Wayne, Ontario).
The New York Folklore Society is partnering with the Folk Arts Program of the New York State Council on the Arts for this important new position. With her assistance, NYFS hopes to better serve all of New York. Please give us a call at 518.346.7008 or email us if you’d like additional information, or if you know of an artist or cultural tradition that should be documented.
Refugees enrich our communities with their skills, dreams, and aspirations. NYFS supports continued resettlement in the US.
STABLE VIEWS—A moving revelation of the many essential workers and their lives on the backside of horse racing
Stable Views offers an inside look at the thoroughbred racing industry through the words and perspectives of those who labor within its stables. NYFS Director Ellen E. McHale gathered oral narratives from those most intimately involved with racing: stable workers, exercise riders, and horse trainers who form the backbone of the industry. 160 pages (approx.), 8 x 8 inches, 45 color photographs, bibliography, index