March 26, 2012

SUNY Empire State College to Host “Sustaining Culture: A Regional Conversation”

Mark Y. Miyake, SUNY Empire State College faculty member and president of the Middle Atlantic Folklife Association

SUNY Empire State College will host “Sustaining Culture: A Regional Conversation,” a joint meeting of the Middle Atlantic Folklife Association, the Folk Arts Program of the New York State Council on the Arts, the New York Folklore Society and Folklorists in New England on May 22 and 23.

Following these two days of meetings and workshops in Saratoga Springs, these groups will continue their conversation in two additional days of field trips, meetings with local artists and folklorists and more informal gatherings. By bringing together several of the largest folk- and traditional-arts organizations in the Northeast, this meeting provides an extraordinary opportunity for professional networking and academic intellectual exchange in these fields that has not been offered in this region for decades.

These groups are connected to the college through Hudson Valley Center mentor Mark Y. Miyake, president of the Middle Atlantic Folklife Association and a folk arts panelist of the New York State Council of the Arts. Through extended discussions with many representatives of the college, including HVC Dean Gary Lacy, Vice Provost Marjorie Lavin and special events coordinator Susan McFadden, these and other regional folk and traditional arts organizations have parterned with Empire State College to host this historic regional arts event.

This event offers a rare opportunity to meet a wide range of influential public sector and academic folklorists, community scholars, tradition bearers and others interested in traditional culture from across the Northeast. Individuals may attend for $20 for each session.

For details, an agenda or to register, go to

For more information, contact or Sally Van de Water, program associate, Folk & Traditional Arts, Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation, at 410-539-6656, ext. 107 or

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