New York Folklore fosters the study, promotion, and continuation of the folklore and folklife of New York's diverse cultures through education, advocacy, support and outreach. A statewide not-for-profit arts and service organization, NYF was founded in 1944, with a strong membership base among people interested in folklore. New York Folklore, and its signature publication, Voices: The Journal of New York Folklore, gives back to the community the folklore collected by scholars and lay people throughout the state.
Folklore and folklife - including traditional arts, belief, traditional ways of work and leisure, adornment and celebrations - are cultural ways in which a group maintains and passes on a shared way of life. NYF's Gallery and Shop located at 129 Jay Street, on the Jay Street pedestrian mall, features New York State-based traditional and artisanal artists. Among the more than 50 artists featured are furniture makers, weavers, tin smiths, blacksmiths, crochet artists, quilters, stone masons, wood carvers, and origami artists.
Ongoing projects include our mentoring and professional development program, advocacy activity, the annual New York State Folk Arts Roundtable, and publishing our journal, Voices. In addition, a variety of recent and new initiatives illustrate the scope of the New York Folklore's interests and activities:
New folklore fieldwork in New York's Capital Region, working in partnership with the New York State Council on the Arts;
A Historic Roadside Markers program, funded by the William G. Pomeroy Foundation, to celebrate legends and folklore as part of New York's history;
Collaboration with Local Learning: the National Network for Folk Arts in Education to build capacity for folk artists working within K-12 learning environments and to forge connections with schools across New York State.