NATIONAL FOLKLORE SITES OF INTEREST

 American Folklife Center  The American Folklife Center was created in 1976 by the U.S. Congress to “preserve and present American folklife” through programs of research, documentation, archival preservation, reference service, live performance, exhibitions, publications, and training. https://www.loc.gov/folklife/

 

American Folklore Society The American Folklore Society (AFS) serves the field of folklore, including academic study and public practice, throughout the world. The Society produces publications, meetings, and both print and web resources to support our members’ work to study, understand, and communicate about folklore, and to help them build professional and social networks inside and outside our field. www.afsnet.org

The Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage  The Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage is dedicated to the collaborative research, presentation, conservation, and continuity of traditional knowledge and artistry with diverse contemporary cultural communities in the United States and around the world. The Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage is a research and educational unit of the Smithsonian Institution promoting the understanding and continuity of diverse, contemporary grassroots cultures in the United States and around the world. The Center produces the Smithsonian Folklife Festival, Smithsonian Folkways Recordings, exhibitions, documentary films and videos, symposia, publications, and educational materials. http://www.folklife.si.edu/

NEW YORK STATE FOLKLORE SITES OF INTEREST

New York Folklore Society  The New York Folklore Society, founded in 1944, celebrates the extraordinary in everyday life, brining focus to traditions of our state’s diverse peoples. With its membership magazine, Voices: Journal of New York Folklore, workshops, and the web site, New York Folklore Society introduces people to the folklore in their lives and in communities all over the state. http://www.nyfolklore.org/

Brooklyn Arts Council Folk Arts Program  Brooklyn Arts Council Folk Arts Program is proud to help nurture Brooklyn’s traditional artrists and preserve the borough’s diverse heritage. http://www.brooklynartscouncil.org/folkarts

Castellani Art Museum Folk Arts Program  The Folk Arts Program of the Castellani Art Museum collaborates with local communities in preserving and presenting their traditional arts. In partnership with Western New York artists and community consultants, the Folk Arts Program produces exhibition, publications, artist demonstrations and performances that bring folk arts to a wider audience. http://www.castellaniartmuseum.org/folk-arts-program/

City Lore  Founded in 1986, City Lore’s mission is to foster New York City – and America’s – living cultural heritage through education and public programs. City Lore documents, presents, and advocates for New York City’s grassroots cultures to ensure their living legacy in stories and histories, places and traditions. City Lore work to further cultural equity and model a better world with projects as dynamic and diverse as New York City itself. http://citylore.org/

Folk Arts Program Southern Finger Lakes  Since 1986, The ARTS Council’s Folk Arts program has served the public, artists, arts/cultural organizations and schools throughout the Southern Tier. Often in collaboration with local arts/cultural organizations, the Folk Arts Program has initiated a host of exhibitions, demonstrations, and events. Ongoing events include the annual Old Time Fiddlers Gathering, held since 1989 in Watkins Glen, and A Gathering of Dancers, held annually at the Arnot Mall in Horseheads. http://www.earts.org/folk-arts

The Folklife Center at Crandall Public Library  The Folklife Center at Crandall Public Library is an award-winning program created by the Library’s Board of Trustees in 1993, charged with the mission to research and present the cultural traditions of the upper Hudson Valley and southern Adirondacks of update New York through its research and documentation, special collections, public programs, gallery, and educational services.http://www.crandalllibrary.org/folklife/

Traditional Arts in Upstate New York (TAUNY)  TAUNY  is dedicated to showcasing the folk culture and living traditions of New York’s North Country. TAUNY collects, preserves, interprets, and presents the customs and traditions of the North Country. With archives, exhibits, and programs in Canton and throughout the region, TAUNY celebrates the diversity of living traditions inherited from the past, maintained in the present, and passed on to the future.http://tauny.org/index.php

Westchester Arts Council Folk Arts Program  ArtsWestchester’s Folk Arts Program began in 1996, documenting a vital work tradition in the region: the work of past and contemporary stonemasons. Since then, the program has presented at least half a dozen public programs each year, documenting and highlighting the diverse cultures of Westchester, collaborating with partner organizations throughout the county and offering promotional and cultural development services to artists, community groups and cultural organizations seeking to present folk arts in their own venues. https://artswestchester.org/aw/arts-in-community/folk-arts/