Save the Date

Save the date for The ARTS Council of the Southern Finger Lakes’ upcoming Community Documentation Workshop (CDW) Screening on June 12, 2024, at The Park Church — more details to come. Follow us on Facebook and Instagram for the latest updates. Questions? Contact This program would not be possible without the partnerships of the […]

Folklife Archive Project Continues

The ARTS Council of the Southern Finger Lakes has been collecting stories and documenting cultural practices from across the Southern Finger Lakes Region for 40 years. The ARTS Council’s first folklife program began in 1983 as the Schuyler County Folk Arts Project, which documented the folklore and folklife of Schuyler County. Three years later, in […]

CDW Wrap Up

The training portion of the Community Documentation Workshop (CDW) has concluded. Teams spent the fall filming interviews and events and turned what they gathered into short 5-7 minute videos. It can be challenging to condense long interviews into something succinct that conveys the values of an individual or community. Teams spent a lot of time […]

CDW Filming Underway

The Community Documentation Workshop (CDW) is well underway. Teams are out filming events and conducting interviews. In our conversations together, we’re reflecting on the themes we hear in our interviews. What is most important to our interviewees? What moves us? Where do we find a story? Might there be a call to action? Are there […]

Folk Culture Archive Project

Thanks to the efforts of New York Folklore, The ARTS Council and other folklife organizations across Upstate New York will have the opportunity to work with Andy Kolovos, Associate Director and Archivist of Vermont Folklife. Kolovos will assess our archive and develop a preservation plan for ongoing maintenance. This fantastic opportunity is the first phase of managing, preserving, […]

Tales from Agnes Podcast

In commemoration of the 40th anniversary of flooding caused by Hurricane Agnes, The ARTS Council of the Southern Finger Lakes has published a five part podcast series called Tales from Agnes. The podcasts can be heard at The podcasts are straight-up story telling in the voice of the people of the Chemung Valley in […]