The Arts Mid-Hudson’s Folk Arts Program works with Mid-Hudson Valley-based folk artists and traditional bearers to preserve and present the rich heritage and diversity of area residents. The staff folklorist identifies and documents various arts and traditions practiced among different communities living in the Mid-Hudson Valley by doing ethnographic fieldwork. Ethnographic fieldwork explores how cultural communities celebrate themselves and can include taking pictures, conducting interviews, and attending formal and informal community events. Based on this research, the folklorist, in collaboration with community organizations, presents the folklife of cultural, ethnic, occupational, regional, and religious groups at public programs ranging from festivals to library interactive events to lecture-demonstrations. The Program also offers Technical Assistance to area cultural organizations and traditional artisans.
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