Storytelling, oral history, and ethnography can be powerful tools for the documentation of voices, memories and histories. They can also be catalysts for activism and social change. In this workshop we will explore the ethics and techniques of oral history, ethnography, and storytelling as activist research methodologies.
FAMILY TRAITS: Art Humor, and Everyday Life – an exhibit celebrating familial culture through the artworks of Stanley Lyndes – open through May 15th at the Vermont Folklife Center’s Vision & Voice Gallery in Middlebury.
West Fairlee rug braider Delsie Hoyt was inspired by the unique creative vision that her Great-Grandmother, Annette “Nettie” Nelson, of Ryegate, Vermont, brought to the craft over a century ago. “I seek to challenge conventional notions of what a braided rug can be through experimental designs that range from swirling galaxies to pastoral Vermont landscapes,” explains Hoyt.
It's sugaring time! Megan and Dan MacArthur bring us a classic Vermont song of the season, Maple Sweet - recorded at the MacArthur House by artist-in-residence, Matthew Shelley.
Ethnographer, filmmaker and photographer Myles Jewell joined the staff of the VFC's Education program in 2015 where he took on the role of Education Outreach and Media Instructor. Myles's experience as a videographer and educator quickly put him at the center or our work in schools.
In the 2016-2017 school year to date, the Vermont Folklife Center’s Discovering Community program has worked with 600 students in 13 schools around the state. The projects we’ve been part of have ranged from spoken-word performance about Hurricane Irene, to the documentation of a mock election, to stop-motion videos and community documentaries.
A donation of 19th century diaries from the Flint family of Braintree, VT adds depth to field recordings that are already part of our archives.
The Vermont Folklife Center is pleased to announce a new partnership with Vermont Public Radio, which will feature monthly four-minute stories produced by the Center for broadcast on VPR’s daily news program, Vermont Edition.
Through time spent with people learning about their experiences, on the border, and across the country in barbershops, bookstores, laundromats, and at jobs at newspapers and farms and schools, I have been constantly reminded that we all have a story to tell and that we form connections wherever we are, whatever our differences, and that seeking and sharing our stories helps us understand and build relationships and community.
The theme for this year's annual Gingerbread House Exhibit and Competition is A Christmas Carol: Revisiting the English Tradition of Ghost Stories During the Holidays. Some of you have no doubt been wondering: what the heck do ghost stories have to do with the winter holidays?
Photos by Macaulay Lerman from Boardman Hill Farm in West Rutland, VT.
River Walk with Chris Triebert is a 9 minute meditative film documenting Triebert's creative process and exploring the Rock River, which inspired the creation of the GEOMORPH exhibit.
SIX HOURS INTO ONE MINUTE: Watch artist Chris Triebert as she installs the signature piece of her current exhibition at the Vermont Folklife Center's Vision & Voice Gallery—GEOMORPH / Things Change and They Change Again.
Tom Boucher, co-founder of renewable energy entities Sustainable-AG Services Co., Green Mountain Energy, and NativeEnergy, Inc., describes how Native Energy helped Greensburg, Kansas, rebuild as the greenest town in the U.S.