New Staff for the New Year

New Staff for the New Year

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As New York Folklore embarks on new projects and programs in 2019, I am pleased to welcome two new additions to our staff. Kira Born is not new to our organization, as she (along with Chibuikem Ajulu-Okeke) designed and wrote our new website. However, Kira is transitioning in 2019 from “intern” to marketing coordinator, continuing to work with New York Folklore to bring her expertise in graphic design, digital photography and video, and media production to help New York Folklore better tell its story. Kira is a graduate of SUNY Polytechnic Institute, where she majored in Communication and Information Design.

Elinor Levy also joins our staff in 2019 as New York Folklore’s New York regional coordinator for the Mentoring and Professional Development program, a partnership program with the Folk Arts Program of the New York State Council on the Arts. Elinor will assist New York Folklore in publicizing the Mentoring and Professional Development Program in the lower Hudson Valley and New York Metropolitan regions, and will be the point of contact for potential mentoring applicants in these regions. Elinor is the Folk Arts Program Manager for Arts Mid-Hudson in Poughkeepsie. She has worked as a folklorist in many locations throughout the United States, including New Jersey and Las Vegas, Nevada. She holds a Ph.D. in Folklore from Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana.

As we are a statewide organization, we strive to be present in communities throughout the state. We hope to see YOU in this coming year!

Folkways and Waterways Grant Received

Folkways and Waterways Grant Received

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New York Folklore is pleased to announce the receipt of a $49,500.00 grant from the New York State Council on the Arts, through the Regional Economic Development Council’s Consolidated Funding Application for 2019. Working in partnership with the Museum Association of New York, “Folkways and Waterways” examines the role of water as portrayed in and utilized by traditional arts and culture. The importance of water will be expressed through traditional arts presentations and performances and through the creation of digital media portraits by community members. This project is part of a nationwide traveling exhibition of the Smithsonian Institution’s Museum on Main Street, a collaboration between the Smithsonian Institution and Museum Association of New York, that was adapted from an exhibition organized by the American Museum of Natural History, New York.

Exhibition Schedule

Erie Canal Museum, Syracuse
Opens June 29, 2019

Aurora Masonic Center (hosted at Wells College), Aurora
Opens August 17, 2019

Buffalo Niagara Heritage Village, Amherst
Opens October 5, 2019

Chapman Museum, Glens Falls
Opens November 23, 2019

Hudson River Maritime Museum, Kingston
Opens January 11, 2020

East Hampton Historical Society, East Hampton, NY
Opens February 29, 2020

Through “Folkways and Waterways,” each exhibition venue will work with New York Folklore and their regional folklorist to augment the exhibition with local performances, presentations, and digital stories. “Folkways and Waterways” is made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

Welcome to Our New Website!

Welcome to Our New Website!

New York Folklore is excited to announce the launch of our brand new website! This website is part of a new look for New York Folklore, previously called the New York Folklore Society, and is just in time for our organization’s 75th anniversary in 2019.

This new website features updated menus and simple organization so that it’s easy for visitors to find their way around. We’ve trimmed down the content so that only the most useful information and functions remain. The significant reduction in number of pages means navigating is simple and intuitive, and keeping the site updated with the latest news about folklore and folklife is much more doable for us.

New York Folklore’s website is designed for simplicity and usability across all platforms, whether you’re at your desk or on the go. You can find up-to-date information about our organization, including staff, programs, and upcoming events. Easily sign up for a NYF membership or make a secure donation through PayPal – both of these processes are now fully digital. Already a member? Check out the login portal on the website and access special benefits, including an archive of historical Voices Journal back issues in PDF form.

This blog will showcase a great variety of subjects and be updated weekly with news, folk artist portraits, guest posts from folklorists and tradition bearers, Voices Journal excerpts, and more. Follow the blog for weekly folklore snippets in your inbox!

We’re excited about this website, but we acknowledge not everything will work perfectly right out of the box. Please let us know if you experience problems with the site or have other comments, whether you love something new or notice something’s missing. Enjoy exploring!