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.
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.
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.