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"Democratizing the (Folk) Arts Workplace Forum" Video Recordings Available
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3/13/2016 at 6:23:35 PM GMT
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"Democratizing the (Folk) Arts Workplace Forum" Video Recordings Available
The video recordings of the New York Folklore Society’s "Democratizing the (Folk) Arts Workplace Forum” are now available for viewing at the ink below and on the New York Folklore Society's Facebook page:

The forum took place in Brooklyn, New York, at the Alliance for Resident Theaters on Sunday, February 28, 2016, with a panel discussion, breakout sessions, and collective dialogue on the topic of "Democratizing the (Folk) Arts Nonprofit Workplace.” 

In June 2014, the New York City Council voted to approve a $1.2 million initiative in the city's annual budget to fund the development of worker cooperatives, also known as "the solidarity economy." The structure of the 501c3 arts nonprofit can lend itself to more egalitarian, dialogic, and cooperative work styles and practices. The forum generated and documented a varied and critical conversation about best practices in the (folk) arts nonprofit field (aka public sector ethnography/culture work) and explored several different schools of thought about how more sustainable and more democratic ways of working together in the field of folk arts may be achieved.

Speakers included Kathleen Haughey and Andy Kolovos of the Vermont Folklife Center; Selina Morales, executive director of the Philadelphia Folklore Project; Joe Rinehart, cooperative developer and strategist; Maida Rosenstein of UAW Local 2110 which has organized public sector academics and museum workers, and Folklorist Lisa Rathje, Local Learning: The National Network for Folk Arts in Education.

Organized by Eileen Condon, NYC Representative for the New York Folklore Society, this forum was supported in part by the Technical Assistance Consultancy Program of the American Folklore Society.  A report from the forum will be available at a later date through the American Folklore Society.  

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