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Registration for our 20th Annual Gingerbread House Competition and Exhibit is now open! Forms due by 5:00pm Monday, November 26.
It's gingerbread time again! Visit us in Middlebury Friday, November 30 through Friday, December 21 to view this year's creations!
Storytelling is a powerful tool for the documentation of voices, memories and histories. It can also be a catalyst 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.
Growing Food, Growing Farmers makes visible the experiences of a community of farmers that exists within a growing network of local food production in Vermont.
Vermont Farm Kids: Rooted in the Land is a documentary exhibit and film celebrating the lives of a diverse array of youth who have grown up in farming families. Photo: Maeve Leslie-Gawalt and Kate Wehmeyer on Cedar Mountain Farm in Hartland, Vermont.
On display at Highland Center for the Arts, Greensboro, Vermont, through December 2, 2018. For nearly fifty years, Ethan Hubbard drove the back roads of rural Vermont in search of old-time Vermonters. In barns and fields, from forest walks to kitchen tables, Ethan’s photographic portraits and audio recordings transport us to rural Vermont and to the moments he shared with the people he met there.
A short comic produced by Erin Kathleen Bahl from an interview in the VFC Archive with Katharine DuClos of Braintree, VT. Erin created it as a part the Culture Through Comics workshop we coordinated at the Annual Meeting of the American Folklore Society in Buffalo, NY.
We’re on the move across the state with exciting new efforts we want to share with you. In the coming months, we’ll unveil new touring exhibits, a series of in-person immersive events, and a rich variety of new media including a podcast, comics, videos and virtual reality.
Greg’s family has prepared a obituary to honor him. They invite you to join them for a memorial at the Pittsford Congregational Church on July 28, 2018 at 3:00pm. A potluck meal will follow the service. Please contact the Vermont Folklife Center with any questions.
The Vermont Folklife Center board and staff are deeply saddened to share the news of the passing of long-time staff member, Greg Sharrow. Greg was a beloved friend and colleague, and a driving, innovative force at the Center for over 30 years. He will be sorely missed. We invite you to read more about Greg's legacy:
We are excited to welcome Mary Wesley and Mike Leonard to the Vermont Folklife Center as media instructors and education outreach coordinators.
To mark the 2018 sugaring season we asked our old friend, Deb Flanders to share a rendition of the classic Vermont folk song, the Vermont Sugar-Maker's Song, also known as Maple Sweet.
We had an extraordinary opening reception for Up Home: Hand-Colored Photographs by Susanne and Neil Rappaport. John, our Director of Development, fills you in on what transpired.
In December, the Discovering Community education program worked with Enosburg Falls High School humanities teacher Marianne Hunkin and 80 9th grade students on a project to learn about Enosburg through interviews with community members.
We are very excited to announce two new initiatives to support and promote Franco-American heritage in Vermont.
We are excited to announce a new Vermont Folklife Center Initiative! “New American Voices” is a community-based, youth-focused storytelling initiative beginning this year. The goal of New American Voices is to provide more opportunities for New American youth in Vermont to feel heard, visible, and valued. The project will address needs of refugee youth in Vermont (ages 12-24) by providing resources, training, and support for exploring their experiences through digital media.
On Saturday, September 23 and Sunday, September 24 Kathleen and Andy brought the Vermont Traditional Arts Apprenticeship Program on the road to the Champlain Mini Maker Faire at Shelburne Farms.
NEW FILM RELEASE / During the 2016-2017 school year, we worked with public school students, teachers, and administrators to document the ongoing transition to proficiency-based learning in Vermont.
A project to bring new life to the old songs that shaped the culture of Vermont.
Meet Kathleen Haughey, our new executive director!
Vision & Voice Gallery Program director, Ned Castle, joins Len Rowell for a conversation about storytelling in the context of the Vermont Folklife Center's exhibition program.
Kate Toland and her People's Academy Geography class completed a documentary exploring their community of Morrisville, Vermont, and they shared it with the public on March 22.
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.
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?
Baking pan de muertos at UVM.
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.
An interactive Metal, Rock, and Sand table has been capturing the curiosity, imagination, and creativity of gallery visitors at the GEOMORPH / Things Change and They Change Again exhibition.
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.
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.