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The Art of Community: Building an Arts and Culture Support Network for Newcomers in Central New York
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When: 5/17/2013
8:30 AM
Where: Utica Public Library
303 Genesee Street
Utica, New York 
United States

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Upstate New York has become home to an ever-expanding community of refugees and immigrants from all over the world. Layering upon an already rich infrastructure of arts organizations, there is great potential for an increasingly varied cultural landscape. Yet many of the traditional artists from these communities struggle to maintain their expressive traditions in the face of overwhelming and immediate needs as they adapt to their new environment.

This day-long workshop, organized by the New York Folklore Society, will explore merging the arts with social services to better serve newcomer traditional artists and to enliven our community at large. National and local models of successful arts and social service collaborations will be presented, and participants will also be able to hear from newcomer artists who will perform, demonstrate and talk about the importance of maintaining their cultural traditions in their new homeland.

Drawing on personal experiences and ideas generated by the presentations, participants will work together to explore possibilities for collaboration and to establish a local network through which resources can be shared, communication maintained, and future projects developed. Workshop leaders are Amy Skillman and Laura Marcus-Green, who have presented many such workshops across the country.

Anybody concerned with the well-being of immigrant/refugee communities is welcome to attend; more detailed information and registration forms can be found online at, or by contacting Lisa Overholser at the New York Folklore Society (lisa@nyfolklore,org, or 518-346-7008).

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