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Artist Spotlight:  Veena Chandra

Artist Spotlight: Veena Chandra

Veena Chandra is an internationally renowned sitarist, composer, teacher, and choreographer.  She is the founder and director of the Dance and Music School of India in Latham, NY, which celebrates over thirty years.  She has been a faculty member at Skidmore College...

Artist Spotlight: Nada Odeh

Artist Spotlight: Nada Odeh

​Nada Odeh is a Syrian artist, activist, humanitarian, and a modern-day poet. She was born and raised in Damascus and lived in Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates before coming to the U.S. in 2013 due to the conflict and revolution in her country. Nada received ...

Artist Spotlight: Bonnie Gale

Artist Spotlight: Bonnie Gale

Bonnie Gale Bonnie Gale, a Traditional Willow Basketmaker for 38 years, is a traditional willow basketmaker, she is linked with the folk tradition of the immigrant German willow basketmaking community in Liverpool, New York, where she researches, interprets historical...

From the Field Mohawk Valley

From the Field Mohawk Valley

This From the Field Feature is courtesy of New York Folkore Staff Folklorist - Anne Rappaport Berliner. Since late 2021 she has been working with beekeepers in the Mohawk Valley. The Mohawk Valley has a rich history of beekeeping.  Moses Quinby, an important figure in...

37th Annual Folk Arts RoundTable

37th Annual Folk Arts RoundTable

At our 37th annual New York Folklore Arts Roundtable, we did things “new” in an old-fashioned way!  A new and old hotel, a new and old format, and new and familiar faces!  We excitedly welcomed Roundtablers who   attended last year and colleagues like George Ward and...

Pysanky For Peace Supports Ukrainian Relief Efforts

Pysanky For Peace Supports Ukrainian Relief Efforts

New York’s Capital Region is home to a large community of Ukrainian people. Many are the children of immigrants who came during the late 19th and early 20th centuries. These communities grew in towns like Watervliet, Cohoes, Troy, and others across the state. This is...

Capital Region Artists Receive Community Grants

Capital Region Artists Receive Community Grants

Congratulations to New York Folklore-supported artists who received a Statewide Community Regrant (SCR). These grants from the New York State Council on the Arts, are distributed by community arts partners. In the Capital Region, we are happy to work with the Arts...

2022 Folk Arts Graduate Internship Program Announced

2022 Folk Arts Graduate Internship Program Announced

Applications are now being accepted for this paid opportunity, supported through the Internship program of New York Folklore and the New York State Council on the Arts. The Folklore Graduate Student Folk Arts Internship provides opportunities for graduate students in...

Artist Spotlight: Efthimios (Altin) Stoja

Artist Spotlight: Efthimios (Altin) Stoja

Efthimios (Altin) Stoja is an Albanian and Greek artist and iconographer. Ancient frescoes decorating the church walls in his father’s village in Albania first inspired his love of art. Altin trained in the Byzantine/ Macedonian style iconography under master artist...

36th Annual Folk Arts Roundtable

36th Annual Folk Arts Roundtable

Our 36th annual Roundtable has officially wrapped! This year we were joined by 35 of our colleagues at the Hotel Syracuse, the Roundtable's Birthplace. It is poetic that while revisiting the Roundtable's roots we welcomed a record number of new peers. We are thrilled...

Mohawk Hudson Folklife Festival

Mohawk Hudson Folklife Festival

The Capital District (Albany and Rensselaer Counties) Upstate Regional Initiative is ending with a BANG this Fall. On October 3rd from Noon to 5 pm join us in Albany's Washington Park at the Lake House Amphitheater for the Mohawk Hudson Folklife Festival. The festival...

The Fulton Montgomery Quilt Barn Trail

The Fulton Montgomery Quilt Barn Trail

Driving through upstate New York you are likely to pass barns, houses, and other buildings with large painted squares. Images range from stars, flowers, bear paws, canoes, houses, and even the occasional pineapple!    What are these works hanging on houses, barns...