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  Folk Arts

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By definition, folk arts are traditional cultural expressions through which a group maintains and passes on its shared way of life. They are practiced within and among ethnic, regional, occupational, and religious communities as well as other kinds of groups with a common identity. Traditional folk arts express a group's sense of beauty, identity, and values. Folk arts are usually learned informally through performance, by example, or in oral traditions among families, friends, neighbors and co-workers rather than through formal education. The practice of folk arts by traditional artists stems from their birthright, community membership or direct participation in the life of a community. Never static, folk arts change as they are adapted to new circumstances while they maintain their traditional qualities. The best folk artists work within artistic conventions shaped and refined over time while creating innovations recognized by other community members.

Funding Categories

  • General Operating Support
  • Project Support
  • Folk Arts Apprenticeships
  • Regional and County Folk Arts Programs
  • Regrants and Partnerships

Program Staff

Robert Baron, (212) 459-8821

Supplemental Form

 
  2004 New York State Council on the Arts.