VFC Exhibits :: New Lives/New England
New Lives/New England, a touring exhibition and series of artistsí presentations, featuring refugee and new immigrant traditional artists now living in Connecticut, Vermont and Maine, will open at the Vermont Folklife Center on December 6, 2013. The exhibit will be on display through February 8, 2014.
New Lives/New England explores the role traditional arts play in helping newcomers create a new home in New England. Central to the exhibit is the idea that continuing to practice familiar artistic traditions, as well as sharing them with new neighbors, is an important part of the acculturation process, especially as people negotiate and shape new roles and identities. New Lives/New England is organized around specific traditional art forms such as Bosnian carpet weaving, Somali Bantu embroidery, Somali Bantu wedding music and dance, Burmese/Karen weaving, Assyrian needlework and Somali storytelling.
New Lives/New England is a collaboration among Cultural Resources in Rockport, Maine, The Vermont Folklife Center and the Connecticut Cultural Heritage Arts Program at the Institute for Community Research.
The exhibit is generously supported through grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, Folk and Traditional Arts Program, Aurora Foundation for Women and Girls, Inc., Connecticut Office of the Arts, Greater Hartford Arts Council, the Maine Community Foundation, Expansion Arts Fund,the Quimby Family Foundation and the Vermont Arts Council.
VFC Events:: 2nd Annual Winter Fairy Tale Talk: The Frog Prince
Please join us December 17, 2013 at 7:00pm at the Vermont Folklife Center for our second annual Winter Fairy Tale Talk. This year we once again welcome UVM Professor of Folklore and German, Wolfgang Mieder who will present "The Frog Prince" Survival Forms of the Fairy Tale in the Modern Age.
Professor Mieder's talk will concentrate on how the fairy tale of the Frog Prince survives today in poems, advertisements, cartoons, and comic strips. He will also discuss the relationship between the fairy tale and the modern proverb, "You have to kiss a lot of frogs (toads) before you meet your handsome price." The talk is illustrated by about fifty slides showing how especially the story's frog-kissing-scene has been used to comment on various human and sociopolitical issues of the modern age.
Dr. Mieder's talk free and open to the public, and the presentation is recommended for an adult audience. Please contact the Vermont Folklife Center at (802) 388-4964 with any questions.
VFC Events :: 15th Annual Gingerbread House Contest and Exhibit
Registration is now open for our 15th Annual Gingerbread House Contest and Exhibit.
15 years! Wowee!
And, keeping with our folklorists' interest in fairy tales, this year's theme is: Cinderella!
The 15th Annual Gingerbread House Exhibit and Contest will be on display at the Vermont Folklife Center December 6 through December 20, 2012.
Take a peek at last year's winners on the VFC Tumblr site :: link
Download the 2013 entry form here :: link
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