Thank you to Newsday and Deidre S. Greben for this article on Long Island Traditions’ latest cell phone audio tour – Long Island Diversity Backstory! This wonderful article covers how the tour was developed, and gives details about some of the fascinating stops and narrators along the way. The tours are free and available for […]

We are pleased to announce that Long Island Traditions’ Director, Nancy Solomon, will be a guest on Nassau Community College’s radio program, “My Hometown,” airing on 90.3 FM, WHPC. The show will air on Thursday, September 23rd at 3:30pm, and will be replayed on Sunday, September 26th at 8am. The podcast of the program will […]

Thank you to Newsday reporter Nicholas Spangler for interviewing our Director, Nancy Solomon, about “Winnie the Witch” in St. James, an example of occupational folk art! The giant figure was built in 1977, but time has taken its toll on her. View a PDF of the article here: Newsday roadside article 2021

Thank you to the Port Washington News for publishing an article about the recent 3-day virtual Indian Tabla workshop by renowned tabla teacher and performer Sejal Kukadia at the Nicholas Center in Port Washington. The program was organized, arranged and sponsored by Long Island Traditions. Click here to read the article!

TBR News Media Article about Maritime Film FestivalThank you TBR News Media and reporter Tara Mae for this wonderful article about the final three films of our Maritime Film Festival being presented at  the Huntington Cinema Arts Centre. The remaining three films include: The Bungalows of Rockaway on June 14 at 7:30 pm; A World […]

Ethnic Artists Long Island is home to many different ethnic groups, including both recent immigrants and established communities. Through ongoing fieldwork and oral interviews, Long Island Traditions documents musicians and craftspeople who continue to serve important functions within their communities. Working with these master artists, Long Island Traditions develops educational programs for school and general […]

Photo: Worker's Circle Event

The Workmen’s Circle: Jewish Cultural Organization The Workmen’s Circle is a national Jewish cultural organization that was established in 1892 by a group of cloak makers who gathered in a tenement on New York’s Lower East Side. The mutual aid society was formally chartered in 1900 as The Workmen’s Circle/Arbeter Ring. As new immigrants, the […]

Photo: Kevin and Joan Westley

Kevin Westley, Irish Céilí Dance Teacher Teaching Céilí (Irish) Dancing for Over 25 Years by Edwin O’Keefe Kevin Westley’s phone rang. It was Sister Peggy McHugh. It seems the dance instructor at the Bishop Ford adult education Céilí class could not finish the semester. She wanted to know if he would “fill in.” That was […]

Theo Torres: Peruvian Musician Theo Torres was born in 1952 in Lima, the capital of Peru. His family originally lived in Cajamarca in northern Peru, but they moved to Lima in search of greater economic opportunities. One of nine children, Theo attended school and college. By the age of 15, he was also playing a […]

Denise Silva-Dennis

Denise Silva-Dennis Denise “Weetahmoe” Silva-Dennis (Shinnecock/Hassanamisco-Nipmuc) is a retired Southampton Elementary School art teacher.  She is from the Shinnecock Tribe in Southampton.  Silva-Dennis graduated from Hamilton College with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Studio Art. Upon graduation, she received honors in her discipline.  Silva-Dennis is also an accomplished bead work crafts woman. The traditional […]