Local Learning connects folklorists, artists, and educators across the nation and advocates for the full inclusion of folklife and folk arts in education to transform learning, build intercultural understanding, and create stronger communities.

Annually, workshops bring educators and traditional artists together to make stronger curricula connections and to forge school and community partnerships around folk and traditional arts.  “Community , Culture, and the Classroom” workshops will take place in July 2022 in Elmira and in Poughkeepsie.  For more in formation, visit Local Learning’s website at https://locallearningnetwork.org/professional-development/new-york/



Arts Education Professional Development workshop with Julia Gutierrez-Rivera and Juan Gutierrez-Rodriguez of Los Pleneros de la 21

​Since 2018, folk artists and teachers from the Southern Tier and Western New York  have participated in an intensive two-day Local Learning professional development workshop, Culture, Community and the Classroom. Then, educators and artists from each annual workshop were paired in order to bring the skills and lessons learned into two-day mini-residency classroom visits in the fall.  A workshop highlighting their successes, models for radically inclusive models of folklore in education, and peer networking activities follows after each successful residency year.

This model of pairing traditional artists and educators for effective work in the k-12 school setting has been repeated each year.  Because of the success of these workshops, and the  need to grow a network or folk arts education work in New York State, Local Learning and New York Folklore entered into a formal partnership in 2020.  With support from the National Endowment for the Arts and the New York State  Council on the Arts, a shared staff position was created for the two organizations.

The Journal of Folklore and Education, published by Local Learning: the National Network for Folk Arts in Education, is a free online journal that is published annually and which provides peer-reviewed articles for best-practices for folk arts education.  Recent titles include the following:

To access this free online journal: https://www.locallearningnetwork.org/journal-of-folklore-and-education/


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Partnership Program:  LEGENDS AND LORE, a program of the William G. Pomeroy Foundation

In 2015, the New York Folklore Society and The William G. Pomeroy Foundation partnered to launch the Legends & Lore™ Marker Grant Program. The signage program is designed to promote cultural tourism and commemorate legends and folklore as an important part of our cultural heritage.

Since the program’s launch, the Pomeroy Foundation, which is a private grant-making foundation based in Syracuse, N.Y., has funded more than 35 Legends & Lore markers in New York to help communities commemorate their own fascinating local stories. New York Folklore serves as the program’s grant evaluator in New York State and provides expert guidance on folklore and legends.

Mape of New York State showing locations of Legends and Lore markers

View the current locations of Legends & Lore markers by clicking on this map.

This ongoing and active partnership has been exceptionally positive for the trajectory of the Legends & Lore grant program; so much so that the Pomeroy Foundation is taking the program nationwide.

Municipalities and charitable 501(c)(3) organizations in New York are welcome to apply for Legends & Lore grants, which cover the cost of a marker, pole and shipping. Local historical organizations or municipal historians will often apply on behalf of property owners. The program features a trademarked specially designed marker with logo.

For information about all of the Foundation’s historic signage programs, grant guidelines, and how to apply, visit:  https://www.wgpfoundation.org/history/legends-lore/ or call (315) 913-4060.

About The William G. Pomeroy Foundation

The William G. Pomeroy Foundation is a private foundation established in 2005 by Bill Pomeroy. The Foundation’s two main initiatives are to diversify the Be the Match Registry by supporting bone marrow drives and helping people celebrate their community’s history through a variety of historic signage grant programs. To date, the Foundation has awarded more than 800 grants for historic signage in New York and beyond.

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Association for Cultural Equity

The Association for Cultural Equity (ACE) was founded by Alan Lomax to explore and sustain the world’s expressive traditions with humanistic commitment and scientific engagement. ACE was registered as a charitable organization in the State of New York in 1983, and is housed at New York City’s Hunter College.

The mission is to stimulate cultural equity through preservation, research, and dissemination of the world’s traditional music and dance, and to reconnect people and communities with their creative heritage. ACE is a living archive that puts its collections and works at the service of communities of origin, endangered cultures, emerging cultural leaders, students and teachers at all levels, and the scientific community.

Caffe’ Lena, Saratoga Springs, NY


Caffè Lena presents extraordinary music in an intimate setting steeped in history. It is widely recognized as the longest continuously operating folk music venue in the United States. The Library of Congress calls Caffè Lena “An American treasure,” and we have been recognized by The GRAMMY Foundation for our important contributions to the development of American music.

Opened in a former woodworking shop in 1960, the café has helped to launch many of America’s best loved songwriters, ranging from Bob Dylan in 1961 to Sawyer Fredericks in 2014, with an amazing “who’s who” list in between.
Upon the passing of founder Lena Nargi Spencer in 1989, Caffè Lena was converted to a non-profit institution supported by concert revenue, private and corporate donors, grants and bequests, and an ever-evolving team of volunteers.


Castellani Art Museum of Niagara University


Established in the early 1990s, the Folk Arts Program of the Castellani Art Museum of Niagara University collaborates with local communities and artists in preserving and presenting their traditional arts to a wider audience.

As the only full-time Folk Arts Program in the Greater Buffalo-Niagara Region, their work:

  • Recognizes the artistic contributions of the region’s many diverse peoples
  • Promotes a better appreciation and understanding of cultural differences
  • Calls attention to the cultural resources that give our region its unique character
  • Helps preserve our region’s cultural heritage for future generations

The program’s three major activities are: Fieldwork, Exhibitions, and Programming.

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Long Island Traditions

Port Washington NY


Long Island Traditions documents local architecture, from beach bungalows and bay houses to garden apartments and farm buildings. As fishermen and farmers disappear, we fight for the preservation of Long Island’s contemporary maritime and farming culture throughout the region.

To recognize and pay tribute to Long Island’s diverse ethnic cultures, we support Irish stepdance, African American quilting, gospel and blues music, Jewish klezmer music, Native American stories and crafts, and the traditions of recent immigrants from Central and South America, India and Asia.

Through field interviews and oral histories, we seek to break down the barriers that divide us, so that we can share in the power and excellence of our family traditions.

Museum Association of New York


The Museum Association of New York inspires, connects, and strengthens New York’s cultural community statewide by advocating, educating, collaborating, and supporting professional standards and organizational development.


SALT Mission Statement

Schoharie Area Long Term Development builds resilient and sustainable communities.

SALT Vision Statement

Schoharie County and surrounding communities will be vibrant, healthy, resilient and sustainable.


Schoharie County Historical Society/Old Stone Fort Museum



Presenting thee centuries of rural New York history in and among seven historic and exhibit buildings on 25 acres in the scenic Schoharie Valley, the Old Stone Fort Museum welcomes you to discover, explore, and experience the multitude of stories woven into the rich history of Schoharie County. 

Featuring thousands of artifacts on display, the centerpiece of the museum complex is the Old Stone Fort, built in 1772 as a High Dutch (German) Reformed Church, the structure was fortified in 1777 and attacked by British forces in 1780.

The Schoharie County Historical Society has been operating the Fort as a museum for more than 130 years. The Society has a collection of more than 50,000 artifacts related to the history of Schoharie County; maintains a research library and a local genealogy collection; publishes a semi-annual local history magazine; and offers a wide range of educational and recreational activities. Society offices are in the William Badgley Museum, across the street from the Old Stone Fort.