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Do you have an audio storytelling project in mind but don’t quite know where to begin or how to proceed? The Vermont Folklife Center is offering a 3-part workshop series in Brattleboro, which will present an Introduction to Audio Storytelling. Take all three or just the one that you need the most. Offered in partnership with The Brattleboro Words Project through the generous support of The Friends of Brooks Memorial Library.
The Generator Makerspace hosts the VFC for this workshop presenting the theories and methods that inform oral history research with practical, hands-on training in oral history interview techniques. Led by Andy Kolovos, this workshop will help participants develop a plan for an oral history research project and will offer a forum for brainstorming ideas for public outreach based on interview findings.
Gingerbread time is here again! Download your registration forms here! The theme this year is “Christmas at Hogwarts Castle.” Participation in the theme is voluntary. Your own original designs are always welcome, but there is an additional prize awarded for “Best of Theme.” Visitors to the exhibit are invited to vote for their favorite entry to receive the “People’s Choice” award.
This workshop presented at The Generator maker-space in Burlington offers tools and methods for developing collaborative projects centered in community-based research, documentary or storytelling mediums. Open to all including students, community members, socially-engaged artists and staff of organizations doing cultural, community, and social-service work.
Join VT Untapped producer Mary Wesley & archivist Andy Kolovos for Come and Listen, a live, interactive “listening party” featuring audio from the VT Folklife archive at the Brooks Memorial Library in Brattleboro, VT. Part of the First Wednesdays program of the Vermont Humanities Council. Underwritten by the Peter Gilbert Endowment Fund.
This month on VT Untapped we hear spooky stories told by Kim Chase of Essex Junction. Kim is a second-generation, bilingual Franco-American and the stories she shares were passed down through generations of her family members. Gather round Kim’s rocking chair and listen up. Don’t be too scared!
We’ve been pretty darn busy at the VFC this summer! This is a little late-summer update so you can hear what we’ve been up to. We’ll return with new episodes in late September.
June is a month when we celebrate our fathers, so we would like to use this months VT Untapped episode to show you Vermont through the eyes of a unique father and daughter team: Perkins Flint and Katharine Flint DuClos.
Inspired by the exhibit currently on display on our Middlebury Gallery, Ice Shanties: Fishing, People and Culture, this month we focus on the seasonal community of fishers that remerges each winter on the ice at the Retreat Meadows in Brattleboro.
This month’s episode explores the persistence of Franco-American culture in Vermont through the life and work of the late Martha Pellerin. Learn about Martha and her work to promote, validate and share the contributions made by Vermonters of French Canadian descent to the culture of contemporary Vermont.
To celebrate Women’s History Month, we honor the achievements of three extraordinary women: Nellie Staves, Daisy Turner, and Gert Lepine—all of whom were interviewed extensively by Vermont Folklife Center founder (and pioneer in her own right) Jane C. Beck.
On display at our Vision & Voice Gallery in Middlebury, VT beginning September 30, 2019.
Featuring audio and visual art by Corrine Yonce, Somewhere Between Place & Home explores how people take action to create a sense of belonging and connection in the transitional, insecure and unfamiliar environments in which they find themselves.
Coming to 118 Elliot in Brattleboro beginning November 1, 2019.
Richard Brown’s recently published retrospective—The Last of the Hill Farms: Echoes of Vermont’s Past—showcases the photographer’s most cherished subject: Vermont’s hill farmers. This exhibition, which bears the same name, offers the chance to experience the Vermont that Richard entered and began to photograph in the 1970s.
Attention southern Vermont friends! This fall and winter the Vermont Folklife Center is bringing events and workshops to ‘the one-and-only’ Brattleboro. We are YOUR Folklife Center and we’re committed to bringing our work closer to you by sharing exhibits and films with statewide partners, holding workshops and presentations, and connecting with you in your own home towns. Check out the event listings here!
This year’s Discovering Community Summer Institute for Educators was held at The Fairbanks Museum in St. Johnsbury. Faculty included Discovering Community educators Trish Denton and Mary Wesley, VFC’s Archivist Andy Kolovos, and visiting scholar West Virginia State Folklorist Emily Hilliard. With the support of a handful of key community members, we were able to weave together a wonderful, place-based program to discover the unique community that is St. Johnsbury today.
In this month’s From the Archives post, Jane Beck Folklife Fellow Susan Creighton looks at the Vermont Traditional Arts Apprenticeship Program collection.
The Vermont Folklife Center is now accepting applications for the 2019-2020 Vermont Traditional Arts Apprenticeship Program. For over twenty-five years this program has supported master artists in the teaching and passing along of their knowledge and artistry.
As a part of our Vermont Cartooning and Culture Project, cartoonist Iona Fox visited with three participants in the Vermont Traditional Arts Apprenticeship Program and created a series comics about them.
Exploring and documenting the role of the Grange in Vermont today - specifically focusing on two active community Granges: Middle Branch Grange in East Bethel and Riverside Grange in West Topsham.
In 1983 Jane Beck, the founder of the Vermont Folklife Center, first met Daisy Turner, who then was 100 years old, born in Grafton, Vermont, the daughter of slaves.
An ethnographic cartooning project that pairs Vermont cartoonists with Latin American migrant farm workers on Vermont dairy farms.