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New York Folklore’s Year in Review

New York Folklore’s Year in Review

As we close out our 79th year, we at New York Folklore give thanks for all of our supporters who have made our programming initiatives possible with your donations and partnerships.  We strive to work with, and in support for, New York's diverse communities,  and we...

The 38th Annual Folk Arts Roundtable

The 38th Annual Folk Arts Roundtable

At New York Folklore's 38th annual New York Folklore Arts Roundtable, we were joined, for the first time ever, by our neighbors from New Jersey! Our expanded group convened in the Bear Mountain State Park, Tompkins Cove, NY. The only thing more impressive than the...

The Celebration of Pinkster in New York State

The Celebration of Pinkster in New York State

Written by guest author, Chief Baba Neil Clarke The Pinkster Festival is a very important 350-year-old, but little known, Africanized celebration which took place annually in the Hudson River Valley region, including the N.Y.C. area for almost two hundred years. ...

Arab American Heritage Month

Arab American Heritage Month

This blog post is courtesy of New York Folklore Board Member and Arab Artist, Nada Odeh. Learn more about Nada and her work on her website https://www.nadaodeh.com.  Arabic Heritage Month One of the things that I like to celebrate as an Arab is Arabic calligraphy,...

An Interview with Luthier Stephen Iachetta

An Interview with Luthier Stephen Iachetta

Last month Staff Folklorist Anne Rappaport Berliner Interviewed  Luthier Stephen Iachetta of Shaker Violin Repair. Check out an excerpt of their interview! ARB: How did you get into playing and making?  SI: In third grade I started playing, at the age of 7. A...

New York Folklore Announces its 2023 Board of Directors

New York Folklore Announces its 2023 Board of Directors

New York Folklore is governed by a Board of Directors that is drawn from the membership. Membership in the Board of Directors reflects the diversity and geography of New York State. A term of service on the board is two years. An individual can serve for three terms...

Meet TAUNY’s newest folklorist

Meet TAUNY’s newest folklorist

This blog post is courtesy of Mathilde (Tilly) Frances Lind. Director of Programs and Research at Traditional Arts of Upstate New York. Tilly is a PhD candidate in the Department of Folklore and Ethnomusicology at Indiana University Bloomington and a fiber artist who...

From the Field: Blues In Brooklyn

From the Field: Blues In Brooklyn

This From the Field Feature is courtesy of Beareather Reddy, Founder/Ex. Director of the Brooklyn Blues Society. Find more info about them at https://brooklynbluessociety.org The Blues is Alive and living in Brooklyn!  Being a Black woman raised in the south, I was...

From the Field: Blues in Brooklyn

From the Field: Blues in Brooklyn

This From the Field Feature is courtesy of Beareather Reddy, Founder/Ex. Director of the Brooklyn Blues Society. Find more info about them at https://brooklynbluessociety.org The Blues is Alive and living in Brooklyn!  Being a Black woman raised in the south, I was...

From the Field: Foraged Fruit

From the Field: Foraged Fruit

This From the Field Feature is courtesy of Dr. Maria Kennedy,  a folklorist and faculty member at Rutgers University. She is a member of the New York Folklore board. You can follow her Foraged Fruit project at https://foragedfruitproject.com or on Instagram...

From the Field Capital Region

From the Field Capital Region

This From the Field Feature is courtesy of New York Folklore Community Field Worker  – Edgar Betelu. Since late 2021 he has been working with immigrant and refugee communities in the Capital Region. New York's Capital Region and upstate are home to an increasing...