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NYSCA Upstate Folklife Survey and
Program Development – A Partnership with the New York Folklore Society


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PROGRAMS & SERVICES / NYSCA Initiatives

NYSCA Upstate Folklife Survey and Program Development – A Partnership with the New York Folklore Society

davis-280 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 is carrying out field research on traditional music, dance, material culture, occupational traditions, narrative, and other customary practices to identify traditions and folk artists. Her service area currently includes Monroe and Broome Counties. From June 2016 through March 2017, her service area included Allegheny, Chautauqua, Cattaraugus, Tompkins, Cayuga, Seneca, Yates, Wayne, and Ontario Counties.

The New York Folklore Society is partnering with the Folk Arts Program of the New York State Council on the Arts for this important position. With her assistance, NYFS hopes to better serve all of New York. If you’d like additional information, or if you know of an artist or cultural tradition that should be documented, please contact Hannah at (270) 777-5960 or hdavis@nyfolklore.org.

Here are some examples of recent programs:


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Read an interview with Hannah by Jason Baird Jackson, Director of the Mathers Museum of World Cultures at Indiana University Bloomington.
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