New York Folklore

80 Years of Folk Arts and Cultural Equity

80 Years of Folk Arts and Cultural Equity

2024 will mark eighty years since the founding of the New York Folklore Society! Throughout our history, we have championed cultural equity at all levels: local grassroots initiatives, regional conferences, state advocacy, and national presentations. Every year we...

Artist Spotlight: Tashi Sharzur

Artist Spotlight: Tashi Sharzur

Tashi Sharzur AKA Techung Techung began his study of Tibetan performing arts at the age of nine at the Tibetan Institute of Performing Arts in India. After moving to the US, he co-founded the San Francisco-based Chaksampa Tibetan Dance & Opera Company in 1989,...

New York Folklore helps secure $225,000 for folk arts

New York Folklore helps secure $225,000 for folk arts

Artists and organizations in New York State will receive a combined total of $225,000 in grants thanks to assistance from New York Folklore. These funds come from 21 successful applications submitted to the New York State Council on the Arts - more than triple the...

Mohawk Hudson Folklife Festival 2022

Mohawk Hudson Folklife Festival 2022

The Mohawk Hudson Folklife Festival is BACK for its second year! Join is on Sunday, October 2nd for another year of artist demonstrations, musical performances and new this year - cooking lessons! The festival will begin at 11:00 am and end at 5:30 pm at the...

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...

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...

New York Folklore Adds New Staff and Board

Here we grow again! As we look towards new projects and programs for 2021 and in the future, New York Folklore is growing  - with new leadership and members for the Board of Directors, and with the addition of several new staff members and partnerships.In partnership...

New York Folklore Annual Meeting and Election on January 16, 2021

New York Folklore Annual Meeting and Election on January 16, 2021

The Board of Directors of New York Folklore requests your presence at the Annual Meeting of New York Folklore, to take place on Saturday, January 16, 2021 at 12:00 – 1:30 p.m. via Zoom.

The link to attend can be found here:

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/new-york-folklore-annual-meeting-and-election-tickets-135346584277

The meeting agenda will include remarks from outgoing President, Tom van Buren and President-elect Maria Kennedy; a report from Executive Director Ellen McHale; and opportunities to interact with other members and attendees.

Please plan to join us for this celebratory event!

The slate for members and officers of the Board of Directors of New York Folklore is to be presented as follows: Maria Kennedy, President; James Hall, Vice President; Members Evelyn D’Agostino-Sasso, MacKenzie Kwok, Ed Millar, Wilfredo Morel, and William Walker.

Gratitude

Gratitude

Gratitude.  That is a difficult word to embrace this year, as we collectively battled a pandemic, a tumultuous election, and the loss of hundreds of thousands of lives – some of whom were friends, neighbors, and family.   However, I would like to take this moment to...

Folk Arts Education in K-12 Educational Settings

Folk Arts Education in K-12 Educational Settings

Local Learning: The National Network for Folk Arts in Education has been doing innovative work in New York State through its annual Culture, Community and the Classroom workshops.   The Culture, Community and the Classroom workshops take place over several days,...

New Yorkers Honor the Dead through Día de los Muertos

New Yorkers Honor the Dead through Día de los Muertos

The Mexican tradition of Día de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead, is a celebration that spans centuries.  In its trajectory through the ages, the celebration has received influences from indigenous peoples, Catholicism, regional differences, and the creativity of those...