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VFC Education :: Discovering Community Summer Institute

The Vermont Folklife Center's Summer Institute, Discovering Community: Students, Digital Media, and Place-Based Learning, brings together educators for an intensive five-day program July 13-17 in Middlebury, Vermont.

Over the course of an action-packed week, Discovering Community participants work with cultural researchers, media specialists, and fellow educators to explore the power of ethnographic field research and techniques for working with digital audio, video, and photography as documentary tools. Using the Middlebury community as a classroom, Discovering Community models simple strategies for deepening students' relationships to their own hometowns.

The Discovering Community Summer Institute builds on the Vermont Folklife Center's many years partnering with educators on community-based projects, the ever-expanding array of digital devices with recording capabilities, and the do-it-yourself editing and production opportunity that digital technology affords.

Workshop tuition is $995 with three graduate credits through Castleton State College or $650 without graduate credit.

More information about the Discovering Community Summer Institute visit the program website at or contact us at 802-388-4964 or


VFC News: Welcome Beth!

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

We are delighted to announce the appointment of Beth Anglin Knox to lead VFC's Philanthropy Outreach.

Beth brings with her 11 years of development experience and a rich background of administrative and programming expertise. Over the course of her distinguished career she has worked with Outward Bound as their National Development Director, as Director of Development for Lund, and served as Founding Managing Director of Outward Bound Peacebuilding. At VFC Beth will join our Development team to facilitate our major giving program.

"We are just thrilled to have Beth on our staff" said VFC Co-Director, Greg Sharrow, "We are so fortunate to have a professional of her caliber working with us to build a sustainable future for the Vermont Folklife Center."


VFC Exhibits: Unexpected Journeys: Life, Illness and Loss

Unexpected Journeys: Life, Illness and Loss January 16, 2015-May 9, 2015.

From January 16, 2015—May 9, 2015 the Vision and Voice Gallery at the Vermont Folklife Center will present Unexpected Journeys: Life, Illness and Loss.

With advances in medical techniques and increased life expectancies, many people are living longer with progressively degenerative diseases, while others are taking on the role of giving end-of-life care to someone they love. What does it mean to live with a terminal illness, or to become a caregiver for a family member?

Unexpected Journeys offers a thoughtful contemplation of these questions, pairing stunning view camera portraits with written interview excerpts and audio from women with metastatic cancer, and family caregivers, who have lived these journeys firsthand.

Photographer, Susan Alancraig, studied photography with Neil Rappaport, and has exhibited nationally and internationally. For Alancraig one of the appeals of view camera portraiture is that the equipment, because of its size, conveys the message "you are important." She sees both the photographic and interview processes as vehicles for listening deeply to the experiences of others. The material for this exhibit grew out of Alancraig's graduate work at School for International Training in Brattleboro, Vermont.


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