folk arts



The ARTS Council's Folk Arts program supports folk art traditions practiced in the Southern Finger Lakes through public programs, research, and grants. With funding from the New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA), and working with the New York Folklore Society, we are part of a network of Folk Arts programs throughout New York State which celebrate the heritage and art forms of New York's diverse cultural groups.

Since 1986, The ARTS Council, often in collaboration with local arts/cultural organizations, has initiated a host of exhibitions, demonstrations and events. Ongoing events include the annual Old Time Fiddlers Gathering, held since 1989 in Watkins Glen.

Explore the pages in our Folk Arts section of the website to discover our many programs past and present.


Information on The ARTS Council's Folk Arts program can be accessed by contacting Maria Kennedy, Folk Arts Coordinator, at 607-962-1332 x206, or


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