Folk Arts

Folk Art is the work of skilled artisans, traditional performers, storytellers and others whose practice builds on a foundation of community or family-based culture, or occupational trades learned in apprenticeships with skilled masters. Folk Arts are typically not learned in art schools, conservatories or dance academies, but from parents, grandparents, skilled mentors and community based teachers. These artists may not strive for original expression itself; but their art expresses something very deep about their roots and the tradition of their practice. In celebrating folk traditions, ArtsWestchester acknowledges and honors the skilled arts of our region and the places of origin of Westchester’s many immigrant communities. The region’s cultural diversity is a great asset to our community, and an important means of sharing and breaking down barriers between neighbors and communities.

ArtsWestchester’s Folk Arts Program began in 1996, documenting a vital work tradition in the region: the work of past and contemporary stonemasons. Since then, the program has presented at least half a dozen public programs each year, documenting and highlighting the diverse cultures of Westchester, collaborating with partner organizations throughout the county and offering promotional and cultural development services to artists, community groups and cultural organizations seeking to present folk arts in their own venues.  Upcoming events will be listed on this page.  Check back for updates.

For  more information email or call 914.428.4220 x 329.


Around Westchester County
ArtsWestchester is proud to support and publicize the work of our affiliate cultural organizations around Westchester County in celebrating the diverse cultural traditions of our county.

Across America
The mid Atlantic region, New York State and the New York metropolitan area

CALL TO ARTISTSTraditional Music

ArtsWestchester is always looking for musicians, dancers, singers, storytellers and material artists with a skill learned through family or the community.

Practicing folk or traditional artists, please send information about your work to:

ArtsWestchester Folk Arts Program
31 Mamaroneck Avenue
White Plains, NY 10601

914.428.4220 x 329

The Folk Arts program receives support from the New York State Council on the Arts, a state agency with support from Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

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