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.
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.
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.
Meet our 2019 Jane Beck Folklife Fellow, archivist Susan Creighton.
With the financial support of a fellowship from Brown University, Vermont Folklife Center Executive Director Kathleen Haughey will be on leave until January 2020 in order to complete her dissertation and PhD in ethnomusicology.
This year the Flanders Award for Traditional Vermont Music has been awarded to two musician/scholars: North Bennington, VT native, Matthew Christian and Nora Rodes, a student at the Putney School.
Get excited! In early December the Folklife Center will launch VT Untapped™, its very own podcast. Host Mary Wesley is your guide as you explore Vermont’s people and cultures through the voices of its residents.
A short comic produced by Lucy Wright based on her fieldwork experiences studying traditional dance in the UK. Lucy created it as a part the Culture Through Comics workshop we coordinated at the Annual Meeting of the American Folklore Society in Buffalo, NY.
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.
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.