Academic journal article Voices: The Journal of New York Folklore

From the Director

Academic journal article Voices: The Journal of New York Folklore

From the Director

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As the New York Folklore Society approaches its 75th anniversary (1944-2019), we are mindful of our history, while looking forward to new horizons. NYFS Board President Tom van Buren stated in his recent member letter that the New York Folklore Society was founded in 1944, "to serve the folklore community, whether in academia, in applied or public sector work, among folk artists themselves, and any and all persons with interest in the subject and its related fields." Your membership supports Voices: The Journal of New York Folklore, as well as the many programs of the Society. We hope to expand our membership in 2016. If you haven't yet renewed, please do so. If you are not yet a member, please consider joining!

We have much to report. On February 28, we convened local and national leaders for panel presentations and townhall-style dialogue, on the topic of "Democratizing the (Folk) Arts Nonprofit Workplace." This forum about inclusive governance and decision-making was introduced and moderated by its organizer, folklorist Eileen Condon, the NYFS New York City Representative. The forum was supported in part by funding from the Technical Assistance Consultancy Program of the American Folklore Society. View video of this forum on our website: .

Our conference, Crisis of Place: Preserving Folk and Vernacular Architecture in New York was a tremendous success, attracting vernacular historians, architects, folklorists, and geographers to the Rose Auditorium of The Cooper Union in New York City on April 2. Panel presentations highlighted both graduate student work, as well as the important work of community advocates and public folklorists. …

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