The Vermont Folklife Center’s "Discovering Community Summer Institute" brings together educators from across the state for a four-day intensive exploring digital storytelling, media making, ethnography and community based research. August 12-15, 2019 at The Fairbanks Museum in St. Johnsbury, VT.
It's gingerbread time again! Visit us in Middlebury Friday, November 30 through Friday, December 21 to view this year's creations!
Registration for our 20th Annual Gingerbread House Competition and Exhibit is now open! Forms due by 5:00pm Monday, November 26.
The event features keynote presentations by Jaime Hernandez (10/26) and Julian Chambliss (10/27), a pre-event keynote by Jason Lutes (9/27), and on October 27, discussion panels on Fairy Tales, Folk Horror, Classical Mythology and Superheroes, and an exhibition hall filled with cartoonists selling their stuff!
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.
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.
On September 7, 2018 from 5:00-7:00 PM, we will host a public reception and gallery talk at our Center in Middlebury, Vermont. Complimentary locally sourced food and drink, including beer, wine, craft cheeses, produce and more will be served.
Our Discovering Community Summer Institute introduces educators to the methods of ethnographic field research and the techniques of documentary media-making and digital storytelling as a means to facilitate meaningful student involvement with the communities in which they live. The daily Summer Institute schedule is built around sessions led by educators, folklorists, digital media specialists, and artists. Over the course of the week participants will undertake a mini-field research project and explore the documentary potential of the digital medium of their choice: photography; audio; or video.
WHERE? Saint Albans Musuem - Vermont’s agricultural heritage gets a starring role in Rooted: Cultivating Community in the Vermont Grange. The film explores how this national farmers’ organization has advocated for rural communities since 1867.
Join us for a public reception and gallery talk to celebrate the opening of The Dames an exhibition of photographic portraits paired with audio interview recordings from members of the Vermont Society of Colonial Dames.
Youth in the Burlington/Winooski area: this summer, be part of an interactive youth stories gallery!
The “Youth Perspectives” project invites young people to share their perspectives through interviews, text, and photography, and then to interact with community members at a public event in August at the Fletcher Free Library.
Join NH teaching artist Marek Bennett's COMICS WORKSHOP for this hands-on non-fiction comics lab featuring materials from the Vermont Folklife Center and Vermont Historical Soceity or materials you bring along.
Vermont’s agricultural heritage gets a starring role in Rooted: Cultivating Community in the Vermont Grange. The film explores how this national farmers’ organization has advocated for rural communities since 1867.
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 13, from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm at the Vermont Folklife Center in Middlebury.
The full-day Documentary Post-Production workshop will introduce participants to editing, logging interviews, radio-edits/interview string outs, pulling selects (making choices about the footage you will use), adding b-roll over interviews, and becoming familiar with Non-Linear Editing softwares.