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Museum & Folk Art Forum

Join us on Sunday, November 14 at the Everson Museum of Art for demonstrations, performances, and discussions to explore and strengthen the ways museums, folklorists, and traditional artists can work together to build community around the interpretation and preservation of traditional arts and shared informal learning practices.


10 AM to 5 PM


Registration

$25 MANY Members and NY Folklore Members

$30 Non-Members

Registration includes museum admission, lunch, and reception

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Sessions include:

Egg Rolls, Egg Creams, and Empanadas Summer Festival at The Museum at Eldridge Street

Hannah Griff-Sleven, Folklorist; Elena Martinez, Folklorist, Bronx Music Heritage Center, City Lore; Julie Tay, Vice President & Executive Director, Mencius Society for the Arts; Chelsea Dowell, Director of Public Engagement, Museum at Eldridge Street

The Museum at Eldridge Street uses an 1887-built landmark synagogue to tell the story of immigration, Jewish culture, and architectural preservation in Manhattan's Lower East Side. The museum's signature event is a summer festival - the Egg Creams, Egg Rolls, and Empanadas Festival. The one-day event welcomes 10,000 people and unites the three predominant immigrant cultures in their dynamic Lower East Side neighborhood. Museum staff, key community partners and the festival's founder discuss successes, challenges, and the importance of inclusivity and adaptability in creating a cultural festival.

Mexican Culture, American Art, Community and School Education

Mary Mix, Director of Education, and Amy Ruza, Youth and Family Programs Educator, The Rockwell Museum, Leonel and Dolores Rosario, Folk Artists, Dr. Connie Sullivan-Blum, Executive Director, The ARTS Council of the Southern Finger Lakes

Rockwell Museum educators and Mexican folk artists will share the development of the Museum’s Dia de Los Muertos (Day of the Dead) school programming and community cultural event that has grown and transformed since its inception sixteen years ago. The program creates an opportunity for students to connect an artistic experience with cultural traditions integrated into classroom education. 

The culminating Dia de Los Muertos celebration is a public community collaborative event about the origins and meaning behind this Mexican holiday. Leonel and Dolores Rosario will perform traditional dances and construct and discuss a traditional Oaxacan Ofrenda.

Performing Traditions

Simon Shaheen, Violinist, Oudist, Professor of Strings, Berklee School of Music.

Simon will perform and discuss how he builds cross cultural understanding through teaching and performing traditional Arabic music. Shaheen is one of the most significant Arab musicians, performers, and composers of his generation. His work incorporates and reflects a legacy of Arabic music, while forging ahead to new frontiers, embracing many different styles in the process. Shaheen was honored in 1994 with the prestigious National Heritage Award. In addition to performing with his two bands, Qantara and the Near Eastern Music Ensemble, Shaheen tours as a solo artist internationally and as a lecturer throughout the world promoting awareness to Arab music.

Gather Together: Quilting Niagara

Edward Yong Jun Millar, Curator of Folk Arts, Castellani Art Museum of Niagara University, Parrish Gibbons Herzog, Marketing and Public Relations Manager, Kenan Center and Nancy Smith, Co-President, Kenan Quilters’ Guild

This presentation will explore Gather Together: Quilting Niagara, a partnership between the Castellani Art Museum of Niagara University, the Kenan Center, and the Kenan Quilters’ Guild. Three themes approached through the perspective of each project partner guide this session: the fieldwork-forward approach to exhibit development, building a layered collaborative model between cultural institutions to promote cultural tourism, and tapping into community knowledge and skills for project management. Gather Together: Quilting Niagara is now a video series containing walk-through and excerpts from audio interviews with each quilter on display in the exhibition, combined with detail images of their quilts.

Weaving To Heal: Backstrap Weaving

Cynthia Alberto, Artist, Designer, and Founder, Weaving Hand

Gigi Bio, Filipina Weaver

Cynthia Alberto will introduce the history of backstrap weaving, an ancient and globally practiced tradition consisting of two sticks with stretch warps in between. Alberto will demonstrate this weaving on both traditional and modern backstrap looms sharing examples of weaving from the Philippines, Indonesia, Guatemala, Mexico, and Peru. In her presentation she will discuss her personal and artistic journey and how artists who have been separated from their cultures of origin, whether by immigration or forced removal, can reclaim their heritage and reconnect with traditional practices. Forum participants will get to try their hand at weaving on the looms.

Alberto is an artist, designer, and founder of the Brooklyn-based weaving and healing arts studio Weaving Hand. She seeks to bridge traditional and contemporary weaving techniques, drawing inspiration from ancient communities of Europe, Asia, Latin America, and Africa, Her artwork, performances, and public weaving projects honor traditional and artisanal techniques while also incorporating unconventional materials and a zero-waste philosophy.

    MANY's COVID-19 Safety Policy for In-Person Events

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    Program subject to change. 


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    2019 Egg Rolls, Egg Creams & Empanadas Festival, Museum at Eldridge Street


    Simon Shaheen, Violinist, Oudist, Professor of Strings, Berklee School of Music

    2019 Dia de Los Muertos Ofrenda at The Rockwell Museum

    Quilts from the 2020 exhibit and program series Gather Together: Quilting Niagara


    Cynthia Alberto (right) during a weaving demonstration

    The Museum and Folk Art Forum is supported by New York Folklore and the New York State Council on the Arts



    The Museum Association of New York strengthens the capacity of New York State’s cultural community by supporting professional standards and organizational development. We provide advocacy, training, and networking opportunities so that museums and museum professionals may better serve their missions and communities.

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