This workshop is tailored to the needs of non-profit and community organizations.
Your participants, donors and volunteers serve as your nonprofit’s most important ambassadors; each one has a compelling story to tell that highlights your organization’s value.
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.
Join Vermont Folklife Center and Shelburne Farms for a deep dive into tools and techniques for digital storytelling to engage students and communities in sustainability.
Do you have an interview project in mind but don’t quite know where to begin or how to proceed? The Vermont Folklife Center is hosting a day-long workshop, Oral History: An Introduction, that can help you move your project forward. Join us on Friday, April 20, from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm at the Vermont Folklife Center in Middlebury.
We're offering our Oral History workshop in St. Albans, in partnership with Saint Albans Museum!
Oral History: An Introduction combines discussion of the theories and methods that inform oral history research with practical, hands-on training in oral history interview techniques.
The near-ubiquitous smartphone has so simplified the acts of taking photographs and shooting video that many of us carry the power of a documentary filmmaker literally in our pockets. How can we best use the technology we already have at our fingertips to film and produce our own documentaries?
Intended for students, community members, staff members of non-profit cultural, community and social-service agencies, as well as professional researchers interested in learning more about audio recording options, this class will provide a basic introduction to the use of contemporary digital audio recording equipment in the context of ethnographic and oral history interviews.
After Minnie Griswold passed away in 1952, her sons locked up their mother’s house in Pawlet, Vermont and left all her belongings in place, unaltered. Thirty years later, Pawlet documentarians Susanne and Neil Rappaport would enter the home at the invitation of one of the brothers, Charlie, and go on to produce a collection of hand-colored photographs of Minnie’s home.
Staged as a part of the Pulp Culture Comic Arts Festival and Symposium, Green Mountain Pulp is an exhibit featuring Vermont cartoonists, comics set in Vermont, and the work of our three Pulp Culture keynote presenters: Alison Bechdel, Joe Sacco and Art Spiegelman. On display at the Bailey/Howe Library at UVM through March 11.
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.
Darby Bradley, past president of the Vermont Land Trust, speaks to the relationship between landowners and the land trust in Vermont over time.
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.
Read a recap of this year's Discovering Community Summer Institute, held at the Vermont Folklife Center from July 18 - July 21.
New Neighbors Music Project and Traditional Arts Apprenticeship Program grant awardees, A2VT and Migmar Tsering, were recently featured in a Burlington FreePress profile on emerging New American Artists.
Addison Independent publishes profile of the Migrant Comics Project, of which we are proud to be a partner!
Energy experts Tim Maker, Beth Sachs, Leigh Seddon, and David Blittersdorf gathered for a practical, clear-eyed look at what the transition to renewable energy may actually entail.
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.