Workshops & Training

What We Offer

New York Folklore provides topical workshops, convenings, and training opportunities, both in-person and virtually. These include focused gatherings of artists and community representatives and professional development workshops such as Business 101 for Folk and Traditional Artists and Creatives. Training is developed through New York Folklore initiatives but also in response to requests from New York’s cultural communities.

Ongoing training includes the annual New York State Folk Arts Roundtable, developed in partnership with the New York State Council on the Arts; the Critical Folklife Forum, an topical online discussion program; and the New York State Folk Arts Internship program that provides funding support for graduate students and early career professionals in the field of folk and traditional arts and culture.  Other opportunities are developed in response to community requests.  Please contact us for further information.

Join Us At The Next Training

New York Folklore’s Critical Folklife Forum:   Who Owns What?: Licensing, Intellectual Property, Work for Hire, and the Law

Join us for this informative webinar to learn about legal issues around intellectual property rights for the folk and traditional artist or cultural worker.  How does one protect artists’ rights when recording live music? Who owns the rights to ethnographic documentation? What does it mean to “license” a piece of art?

New York Folklore’s Critical Folklife Forum provides an issues-oriented presentation and discussion in the virtual realm, for folklorists and cultural specialists who work with folk and traditional culture and arts.  In 2024, New York Folklore will be presenting a 3-part series focused on current issues in folk cultural documentation, stewardship, and artistic production.

Upcoming Trainings & Workshops


Workshop: Democratizing the (folk) Arts Nonprofit Workplace February 2016

This was a recorded workshop held in Brooklyn, NY, on February 28, 2016 with panelists Andy Kolovos (Vermont Folklife Center), Selina Morales (Philadelphia Folklore Project), Lisa Rathje (Local Learning: The National Network for Folk Arts in Education), Cooperative Developer and Strategist Joe Rinehart, and UAW Local 2110 President Maida Rosenstein.