Folk Arts Program
Our ethnic folk arts programs are geared for grades 4 - 10. They include
programs on Native Americans, European ethnic groups, recent immigrants
from Central and South America, and African Americans. All the programs
weave personal histories of struggle and hardship, perseverance and prosperity,
isolation and building community with the artistic traditions learned
within their daily lives.
These art forms are creative and engaging, representing several generations
of cultural expressions that have been passed down through community and
family based activities, ranging from celebrations of life and death,
to craft traditions that fulfilled simple needs.
Daily fees are based on a combination of auditorium presentations and
three in-class workshops of 45 minutes/class. Costs for staff development
workshops are $300 - $500/day.
Elementary School Programs are designed as three-five day residencies,
with more than two - three ensembles or artists participating. Schools
are required to allocate sufficient release time for staff development
workshops and evaluation. Funding is available through BOCES.
Middle & Junior High School Programs are designed as 8 -12 day
programs that examine the specific experiences of 3 or more ethnic groups,
to be integrated into English or Social Studies curriculum. Students are
required to conduct family interviews and artist interviews as part of
the program. A minimum of 3 full-day staff development workshops are required
but can be broken up into segments and held during after-school hours.
Senior High School programs are designed as 2 - 4 day presentations
in which artists address cultural history and traditions of their art
form, their ethnic group, and their country of origin. Students are expected
to conduct artist and family interviews as part of the program. 1 day
of staff-development workshops is required.
2017, 2016–2001 Long Island Traditions