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VFC Events :: Deb Flanders 17th Annual Calais Concert

Deb Flanders and Esther Nemethy

Deb Flanders will host her annual Calais Concert at the Old West Church on Sunday, August 16th beginning at 4:00pm.

This year’s concert, entitled Heirloom, will showcase Vermont performers passing the music on to the next generation. Franco American Folk singer Michèle Choinière performs with her eight-year-old daughter Isabella, Deb Flanders sings with her niece Esther Nemethy, Fiddler David Gusakov performs with his son Nate who plays banjo and Pete Sutherland performs with his protégé fiddler Oliver Scanlon. Musicians from the Vermont Symphony Orchestra cellist John Dunlop and violinist/fiddler Laura Markowitz will also join the concert for an afternoon of memorable music making.

The performances are always marvelous and the event is partially a benefit for the Vermont Folklife Center!

Tickets are $15.00 at the door. For additional information please call 802-233-1015.


VFC Exhibits :: The PhotoVoice Project

PhotoVoice Exhibit

In partnership with Project VISION, NeighborWorks of Western Vermont, and Expressions by Donna, the Vermont Folklife Center presents the PhotoVoice Project—an exhibit featuring 90 photos by 9 residents that chronicle life in a troubled but also treasured neighborhood in the downtown area of Rutland, Vermont.

This collaborative and artistic exploration empowered residents while informing policy decisions that directly affect the future of the neighborhood.

The PhotoVoice Project exhibit will be on display at the Vermont Folklife Center’s Vision and Voice Gallery from August 14, 2015 through October 3, 2015. Please join us for an opening reception Friday, August 14th from 5:00 to 7:00 PM.

We thank our Vision and Voice sponsors, Main Street Landing, the Vermont Community Foundation, Northfield Savings Bank and the Blittersdorf Foundation for making this, and our other, exhibits possible.


VFC Events: Vermont Heritage Brew Festival

Vermont Heritage Brew Festival, September 5, 2015.

Join us Saturday, September 5, 2015 from 6:00pm-8:00pm at the Shelburne Museum for the first Vermont Heritage Brew Festival!

The Vermont Folklife Center and Shelburne Museum have partnered to present a unique beer and cider festival rooted in Vermont's long traditions of brewing and cider making.

Featuring tasting by more than 12 Vermont beer, cider and mead makers as well as local food vendors and traditional musicians.

Purchase tickets here: Vermont Heritage Brew Festival

More information on Vermont Heritage Brew Festival is availabe here :: link


VFC Programs: 2015-2016 Vermont Traditional Arts Apprenticeship Program

Materials are now up for the 2015-2016 cycle of the Vermont Traditional Arts Apprenticeship Program!

Download details and application forms here :: link


VFC News: Welcome Kathleen!

Bill Schubart and Rosie Schaap read at the Vermont Folklife Cneter February 20, 2015.

We are delighted to announce the appointment of Kathleen Haughey as our new Director of Education.

Kathleen has a diverse background in education, ethnomusicology, collaborative ethnography, and public humanities administration. As a PhD student in Ethnomusicology at Brown University, Kathleen co-led an audio and video documentary project with Mbyá-Guarani musicians in southern Brazil. This project focused on the importance of negotiation and collaboration in small, community-based ethnographic projects. She wrote her masters thesis on how this type of work can foster place based learning and cross-cultural dialogue.

Kathleen also has years of experience as an educator, having taught in both K-12 and higher education settings. She has additional years of experience teaching early childhood music and cello in private music studios. Kathleen received a BA in Hispanic Studies and a BM in Cello Performance from Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma, WA, and a MA in Ethnomusicology at Brown University in Providence, RI.

Kathleen believes strongly in the potential for collaborative projects between students and their surrounding communities to effect social change. Specifically, she is committed to educational approaches that engage students in their hometowns and ecologies through ethnographic fieldwork, which strengthen community and individual identities while also solving concrete problems. Kathleen looks forward to combining her expertise in ethnography and documentation with her commitment to place based learning as the Director of Education at the VFC. Kathleen starts officially on June 15, 2015. We are thrilled she is joining the team!


VFC Exhibits :: Storytelling by Young Vermonters

Discovering Community: Storytelling by Young Vermonters.

Discovering Community: Storytelling by Young Vermonters is a showcase of documentary media work produced during classes, workshops, and after-school programs at schools and non-profit organizations around Vermont—and beyond.

Undertaken in partnership with the Vermont Folklife Center's educational outreach staff, the array of projects in Vermont range from documentary films and photography made by high school students, to maps and place-based artwork by elementary school students. Stories gathered by youth nationally and internationally enter the conversation through our working partnerships with the World Story Exchange, Conversations from the Open Road, Stories of Hope, and the Freedom and Unity project.

On Friday, June 12th, from 5:00 to 7:00 pm the Vermont Folklife Center will host an opening reception for "Discovering Community," a photo, audio, and film documentary exhibition showcasing the stories produced by young Vermonters at the Center's Vision and Voice Gallery and Documentary Workspace in Middlebury, VT. The exhibition is currently open to the public and will be on display through Augst 8th, 2015.




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