SUNY Empire State College to Host Landmark Regional Folk and Traditional Arts Meeting

By Mark Miyake, mentor, Hudson Valley Center

April 18, 2012

Mark MiyakeSUNY 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.
(Photo above: Hudson Valley Center mentor Mark Miyake, president of the Middle Atlantic Folklife Association.)

NYSCA Arts LogoThese groups are connected to the college through Hudson Valley Center (HVC) 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 partnered with SUNY Empire State College to host this historic regional arts event.

Faculty, staff, and students are invited to take advantage of this 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 affiliated with the college are invited to join the professional workshops on digital audio recording and archiving free of charge (offered to those outside of the college 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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  • Helen Edelman
  • Justin Giordano
  • David Henahan
  • Susan LeClair
  • Tom Mackey
  • Mark Miyake
  • Vickie Moller
  • Sarah Morehouse
  • Rhianna Rogers
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