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VFC Programs: 2015-2016 Vermont Traditional Arts Apprenticeship Program

Materials are now up for the 2015-2016 cycle of the Vermont Traditional Arts Apprenticeship Program!

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VFC News: Welcome Kathleen!

Bill Schubart and Rosie Schaap read at the Vermont Folklife Cneter February 20, 2015.

We are delighted to announce the appointment of Kathleen Haughey as our new Director of Education.

Kathleen has a diverse background in education, ethnomusicology, collaborative ethnography, and public humanities administration. As a PhD student in Ethnomusicology at Brown University, Kathleen co-led an audio and video documentary project with MbyŠ-Guarani musicians in southern Brazil. This project focused on the importance of negotiation and collaboration in small, community-based ethnographic projects. She wrote her masters thesis on how this type of work can foster place based learning and cross-cultural dialogue.

Kathleen also has years of experience as an educator, having taught in both K-12 and higher education settings. She has additional years of experience teaching early childhood music and cello in private music studios. Kathleen received a BA in Hispanic Studies and a BM in Cello Performance from Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma, WA, and a MA in Ethnomusicology at Brown University in Providence, RI.

Kathleen believes strongly in the potential for collaborative projects between students and their surrounding communities to effect social change. Specifically, she is committed to educational approaches that engage students in their hometowns and ecologies through ethnographic fieldwork, which strengthen community and individual identities while also solving concrete problems. Kathleen looks forward to combining her expertise in ethnography and documentation with her commitment to place based learning as the Director of Education at the VFC. Kathleen starts officially on June 15, 2015. We are thrilled she is joining the team!


VFC Education :: Important Discovering Community Summer Institute Update

This June we will welcome the arrival of a new Director of Education at the Vermont Folklife Center—Kathleen Haughey. After much consideration we concluded that our priorities for the summer months should be introducing Kathleen to the various dimensions of our education program ahead of the start of the new school year, and focusing our energies on completing the final stages of development on the Discovering community Web site so it can better serve as both showcase for student-produced work and resource for educators who are interested in undertaking student-driven, community-based projects grounded in ethnography and place-based education.

To this end we have chosen to wait until the summer of 2016 to stage our next Discovering Community Summer Institute for Educators when Kathleen will have deeply immersed herself in Vermont schools over the 2015-2016 school year, and all of the tools will be in place to create an expanded experience for both educators and their students, especially online.

If you have questions about any aspect of our education outreach program—regarding next year's summer institute or our on-site work with students in schools around the state—please feel free to contact Kathleen Haughey (after June 15) at or by calling (802) 388-4964.


VFC Exhibits :: Storytelling by Young Vermonters

Discovering Community: Storytelling by Young Vermonters.

Discovering Community: Storytelling by Young Vermonters is a showcase of documentary media work produced during classes, workshops, and after-school programs at schools and non-profit organizations around Vermontóand beyond.

Undertaken in partnership with the Vermont Folklife Center's educational outreach staff, the array of projects in Vermont range from documentary films and photography made by high school students, to maps and place-based artwork by elementary school students. Stories gathered by youth nationally and internationally enter the conversation through our working partnerships with the World Story Exchange, Conversations from the Open Road, Stories of Hope, and the Freedom and Unity project.

On Friday, June 12th, from 5:00 to 7:00 pm the Vermont Folklife Center will host an opening reception for "Discovering Community," a photo, audio, and film documentary exhibition showcasing the stories produced by young Vermonters at the Center's Vision and Voice Gallery and Documentary Workspace in Middlebury, VT. The exhibition is currently open to the public and will be on display through July 18th, 2015.




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