Folk Art is the work of skilled artisans, traditional performers, storytellers and others whose practice builds on a foundation of family or community based culture, or trades learned in apprenticeships with skilled masters. Folk Arts are typically not learned in art schools, conservatories or dance academies, but from parents, grandparents, skilled mentors and community based teachers. These artists don’t strive to make totally original expressions; instead their art expresses something very deep about their roots. In celebrating folk traditions, ArtsWestchester acknowledges and honors the skilled arts of our region and the places of origin of Westchester’s many immigrant communities. The region’s cultural diversity is a great asset to our community, and an important means of sharing and breaking down barriers between neighbors and communities
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 years, documenting and highlighting the diverse cultures of Westchester, as well as 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.
ArtsWestchester sponsors Folk Arts Apprenticeship – Wooden boat builder and restorer Chris Brennan has been awarded a master artisan apprenticeship from the New York State Council on the Arts to teach the art of boat building to apprentice Joe Raite. This project follows up on the success of ArtsWestchester’s exhibition project “From Shore the Shore: Boat Builders and Boat Yards of Westchester and Long Island. The apprenticeship will begin this in the winter of 2013-2014. Please check here for updates and links later in November.
Coming Soon: HAT-Titude: Millenery in Fashion and Culture. Feb. 12-early April, 2014. Folk and Fine arts join forices to explore the world of hat making and hats across cultures. There is an open call to Milliners to submit works. More information to follow. Mark you calendars. If you are a milliner, or collector, contact email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Folk Arts around Westchester County
In 2013-14, this page will highlight folk arts programs both at ArtsWestchester and among affiliate arts organizations and community organizations that are presenting folk and traditional arts. Organizations with ongoing folk arts programming include:
- The Pelham Arts Center, www.pelhamartcenter.org | https://www.facebook.com/PelhamArtCenter/photos_albums
- Hammond Museum in Salem http://www.hammondmuseum.org/
- Youth Theater Interactions, Yonkers. Africa Dance and Steel Pan Ensemble http://www.youth-theatre.org/
- Comite Latino, Hudson River Health Care, Peekskill http://www.hrhcare.org/programs/comit%C3%A9-latino
- Curious on Hudson, Dobbs Ferry www.curiousonhudason.com
- Hilltop Hanover Farm, Yorktown Heights . Old Time Music Sessions first Friday of each month http://www.hilltophanoverfarm.org/
- Hudson River Museum www.hrm.org
- India Center, Elmsford http://www.indiacenter.us/
- New Rochelle Public Library – http://www.nrpl.org/programs/
Regional Folk Arts Calendar for November 2014:
Folk Arts are alive and well around Westchester County with many events taking place to interest audiences. Here is a selection:
Saturday, Nov. 16, 2013 -
Zydeco Dance in Croton On Hudson
Zydegroove plays a Deep Groovin’ Zydeco with “Old-School” flavor. The band has a great repertoire culled from years of immersion in Cajun and Zydeco — it’s a mix of good old zydeco that’s a blast to dance to.
A potluck dinner will start at 6:30: bring a dish or appetizer to share if you can.
Laura and Jeremy Rice will give dance lessons at 7:30 and the band will play from 8:00-11:00.
The address is:
Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Briarcliff, Croton, and Ossining
2021 Albany Post Road, Rt. 9A (take the Montrose exit from Rt. 9),
Croton-on-Hudson, NY 10520
Suggested donation $15 per person or what you can afford.
More information or questions:
Susi Dugaw, email@example.com, 914-739-7223
Note Special Location: Wood floor, plenty of safe parking, close to Metro North’s Cortlandt Station
Starting November 16th:
African Drumming Classes with M’Bemba Bangoura
Curious On Hudson
145 Palisade Street, Suite 412B
Dobbs Ferry, NY 10522
Curious on Hudson is presenting a series of African drumming workshops from November 16 – December 21 led by master drummer from Guinea,M’Bemba Bangoura. This is a great opportunity for people in Westchester to study with a great musician and teacher.
M’bemba’s drumming classes focus on basic accompaniment djembe (hand drum) and doundoun (stick drum) patterns from Guinea, West Africa. The class emphasizes the students’ development of correct sound and technique for playing both parts. This class is for those interested in discovering the rhythms of Guinea along with the history, cultural significance, and traditions of the music and its people.
And….Every Wednesday at 7:30,
Brian Conway and guests appear at the Irish music seisiún in White Plains.
The host is fiddle virtuoso Brian Conway. He has been a mainstay of NYC’s session scene for decades like Tony DeMarco, with whom he recorded a classic album Apples in Winter in 1981. The address and phone for the Dunne’s session is: 15 Shapham Place, White Plains, NY 10605,(914) 421-1451.
Read more: http://www.irishcentral.com/story/ent/the_keane_edge/around-nyc-the-irish-traditional-music-seisiun-and-ceili-events-87512452.html#ixzz2jiRNc9R5
Recent concerts: Bulgarian Night – Featuring live music by Cherven Traktor
Music of Japan – with Ralph Samuelson and Yoko Hiraoka
Piedmont Blues, with special guest, Phil Wiggens, Toby Walker and Ben and Valerie Turner (pictured)
The Folk Arts program receives support from the New York State Council on the Arts and from the National Endowment for the Arts.