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The New York Folklore Society
celebrates the extraordinary in
everyday life, bringing focus
to traditions of our state’s
diverse peoples.

NYFS fosters the study, promotion, and continuation of folklore and folklife of New York’s diverse cultures through education, advocacy, support, and outreach.

It’s an exciting time for NYFS as we reinvigorate our network and expand our impact across the state through our services and programs for the folklore field and traditional artists. Our members have been the heart and soul of the New York Folklore Society for more than 70 years, and your involvement is important to us!

Refugees enrich our communities with their skills, dreams, and aspirations. NYFS supports continued resettlement
in the US.

READ the Albany Times Union report by Wendy Liberatore

Folklore Society Preserves Culture
Karenni weavings, Latino music and Battenkill River stories don’t seem to have much in common. But folklorists know they do. They all are cultural expressions that are communally shared and thus embody a way of life. If not appreciated and carefully preserved, these unifying expressions could become extinct. New York Folklore Society is ensuring that does not happen...
Read the interview here.
Around the State Link to Calendar

Wednesday, January 25, 2017
The Folklife Center of Crandall Public Library presents Black History Celebration 2017: Performance: Solomon Northup, 12 Years a Slave
Portrayed by Clifford Oliver Mealy
7:00 p.m., Crandall Public Library, 251 Glen Street, Glens Falls, NY

Friday, February 3–Sunday, February 5, 2017 Ashokan Music and Dance presents
5th Annual WINTER HOOT
A Celebration of Music, Food and Community at The Ashokan Center, 477 Beaverkill Road, Olivebridge, NY 12461
Featuring performances by Natalie Merchant, Dan Bern, Elizabeth Mitchell & You Are My Flower, Jay Ungar & Molly Mason, Home Remedy, Paul Rishell & Annie Raines, Story Laurie, and hosts The Mike + Ruthy Band!

December 15, 2016–March 8, 2017
Museum at Eldridge Street presents
The Jewish Ghetto in Postcards: From Eastern Europe to the Lower East Side
In partnership with the Blavatnik Archive
Museum at Eldridge Street, 12 Eldridge Street, New York, NY 10002
Hours: Sunday – Thursday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Friday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

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NYSCA Mentoring and Professional Development for the Traditional Arts – A Partnership with the New York Folklore Society



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From 5132013 Art of Community Workshop

Cultural Migration: Displacement and Renewal
A Conference of the New York Folklore Society
September 9, 2017
The Castellani Art Museum of Niagara University

Call for Papers/Presentations
Proposals due December 15, 2016

Migration across national borders reflects the conditions of an ever-changing world. The impacts of migration include the communication and sharing of cultural knowledge across geography and across ethnic and community boundaries. Migration also engenders accommodation, both from the hosting communities and the new arrivals. This shifting landscape may spark both positive and negative emotions, as hosting communities and migrants experience tensions arising from cultural intersections and differences.

The New York Folklore Society invites participants and presenters to explore the topic of migration and its impacts upon cultural information and cultural arts from a New York State lens. Topics could include the impacts of migration on healing and health; entrepreneurship in the arts; new ways of producing and re-producing cultural capital (mobilizing, enacting, validating); cultural migrations and gender; cultural migrations and a “culture” of migration; cultural migrations and intangible cultural heritage; cultural identities; or xenophobia and cultural migrations.

The New York Folklore Society views this annual conference as an opportunity to encourage graduate students and scholars in the early stages of their careers. Proposals for papers and panel presentations are being specifically solicited from emerging scholars, as well as from those working in the public sector. We also encourage presentation proposals from practitioners working in the areas of public health, education, and community activism, as well as artists representing newcomer communities. Individuals and groups are encouraged to apply. VIEW Proposal Submission Form.


pomeroy-375William G. Pomeroy Foundation

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.
GRANT DEADLINES – Apply online.
June 30, 2017 or October 31, 2017

FOR MORE INFORMATION: The William Pomeroy Foundation at info@wgpfoundation.org or 315-913-4060.

Listen to the Podcast: MARKING FOLKLORE

New York Folklore Society’s
January 2017 Programming

The New York Folklore Society is extending its reach! We may have a program in your region!

January 21, 2017, 2:00–5:00 p.m., The History Center of Tompkins County, Ithaca, NY
Common Threads: Textile Traditions in Tompkins County,” a program of the NYSCA Upstate Folklife Survey and Program Development– A Partnership with the New York Folklore Society.
Ithaca area textile artists, representing a variety of textile traditions, will present their work. Project folklorist, Hannah Davis, will also speak about her survey of Tompkins County folk and traditional arts. Organized in collaboration with The History Center and the Community Arts Partnership.

January 22, 2017, 2:00–5:00 p.m., Auburn Public Theater, Auburn, NY
You Are What You Eat: Ethnic Food Traditions in the Finger Lakes,” a program of the NYSCA Upstate Folklife Survey and Program Development – A Partnership with the New York Folklore Society.
Upstate Regional Folklorist Hannah Davis presents her work in Cayuga, Wayne, Yates, Seneca, and Ontario Counties, documenting the region’s folk and traditional arts. Organized in collaboration with Auburn Public Theater. Educator, folklorist, and documentary filmmaker Christine Zinni will join Hannah and community members to discuss ethnic food traditions.

January 25, 2017, 7:00–9:00 p.m. Mabee Farm Historic Site, Rotterdam Junction, NY
Story Sharing. In Harm’s Way: Responses to Hurricane Irene

In collaboration with the Mabee Farm/ Schenectady County Historical Society. The recording of personal experience stories by the New York Folklore Society is part of a two-year documentation project that will culminate in an exhibit and a series of public presentations beginning in the fall of 2017. Each session will provide a brief introduction to the project, followed by one-on-one or small group interviews conducted by trained interviewers from the New York Folklore Society. Interviews will be scheduled in 1/2 hour blocks of time. Refreshments will be served.

January 28, 2017, 1:00-4:00 p.m., Jamestown Community College (details TBA)
A Dance Showcase: “No Experience Necessary: Social Dancing in the Southern Tier,” a program of the NYSCA Upstate Folklife Survey and Program Development – A Partnership with the New York Folklore Society.
Project folklorist, Hannah Davis, presents a showcase of participatory dance traditions drawn from Allegany, Cattaraugus, and Chautauqua Counties. Davis will also speak about her survey of folk and traditional arts in this region. Organized in collaboration with the Cattaraugus County Arts Council. Swedish, contra, and Seneca dancers will share participatory dance traditions.

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STABLE VIEWSA 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
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NYS Council on the Arts
The New York Folklore Society’s programs are made possible in part with public funds from the Folk Arts Program of the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature. Additional funding is provided by the National Endowment for the Arts, The William Gundry Broughton Charitable Trust, The Arthur Z. Solomon Charitable Trust, Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor, New York Council on the Humanities, Stewarts’ Corporation, IBM Corporation, the Community Loan Fund of the Greater Capital Region, the Rotary Club of Schenectady, and Schenectady County Initiative Program.

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