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.
This month we are excited to present the first in a series of monthly blog posts from our Jane Beck Folklife Fellow, archivist Susan Creighton . Between April and December Susan will share insights into her work and interesting things she comes across in the collection. As winter gradually transitions to spring, and inspired by our current on-site exhibit, Ice Shanties: Fishing, People & Culture, this month Susan shares some archival bits related to ice fishing and other winter activities on our frozen lakes.
To mark the 2019 sugaring season we asked legendary English folk singer (and Brattleboro resident) Tony Barrand and his apprentice, Amanda Witman to share a rendition of the classic Vermont folk song, the Vermont Sugar-Maker's Song, also known as Maple Sweet.
Meet our newest trustee, Coventry-based photographer, John Miller.
We received a $25,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities to support the Vermont Cartooning and Culture Project.