Deb Flander’s 20th Annual Folk Music Concert at the Old West Church in Calais, VT!
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.
Richard Brown’s recently published retrospective—The Last of the Hill Farms: Echoes of Vermont’s Past—showcases the photographer’s most cherished subject: Vermont’s hill farmers. This exhibition, which bears the same name, offers the chance to experience the Vermont that Richard entered and began to photograph in the 1970s. On display through July 2018.
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.
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.
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.