The Brooklyn Arts Council presents The Crimean Tatar Ensemble at the Sheepshead Public Library

The NYSCA/New York Folklore Folk Arts Graduate Internship program serves as an important educational and outreach opportunity for the Folk Arts Field in New York State. Conceived by the Folk Arts Program of the New York State Council on the Arts and administered by New York Folklore, the program provides a paid internship to graduate students in folk and traditional arts or in allied fields such as ethnomusicology. Through the program, current graduate students or recent degree recipients are paired with an experienced regional folklorist working in a New York cultural institution. In this position, they are able to pursue their own research, hone their skills as a public sector folklorist, and provide their own current academic and research knowledge to the organization. In 2019, Donald Bradley – a student of folklore and ethnomusicology at Indiana University – worked alongside Chris Mulé, regional folklorist at the Brooklyn Arts Council. He had this to say about his experience:

The work that I have been able to do through Brooklyn Arts Council has been intellectually, politically, and personally rewarding. Preconceived notions I held about the various roles that arts councils play in local communities were challenged, and, simultaneously, my own deeply held beliefs of the importance of collaborative and dialogic work with artists, particularly folk and traditional artists, were strongly reinforced. I gained a great deal of skills and knowledge, particularly in documentationsomething that is not strictly taught in my graduate program. Through the many diverse applied experiences that were offered, this internship affirmed my public folklore-oriented trajectory as a graduate student at Indiana University’s Department of Folklore and Ethnomusicology.

Internship applications will again be available in February 2020. For information, or to receive application specifics, please contact New York Folklore.