VFC Education :: New Neighbors Music Project Workshops
The New Neighbors Music Project began as an effort to record New American singers and musicians who had recently been resettled in Vermont. Our objective was to create a documentary resource that makes the rich and diverse musical traditions of Vermont's New American communities available, through online access, to both a large public audience as well as within the communities themselves.
Now the Vermont Folklife Center and Young Tradition Vermont are hosting workshops for Vermont educators to introduce the New Neighbors Web site as well as a curriculum developed by music educator Elizabeth Nolan of Edmunds Middle School in Burlington, which we will continue to expand over time.
The workshops will begin with an excerpt of Mira Niagolova's new documentary film Welcome to Vermont: Four Stories of Resettled Identity as well as sessions introducing and modeling the New Neighbors Web site and curriculum. Break out sessions will include opportunities for dialogue with New American musicians and community leaders, and the workshops will conclude with a live performance by musicians whose work is featured in the project.
Two New Neighbors workshops will be offered—Friday, March 28 in Burlington and and Friday, May 2 at Vermont Technical College in Randolph Center. Both workshops run from 9:00am-3:30pm.
The New Neighbors workshop is appropriate for educators in grades 4-12. The fee is $70 VFC members/$80 non-members, which includes a catered lunch.
Workshop Faculty include Mira Niagolova (Independent Filmmaker), Mary Wesley (Young Tradition Vermont), Gregory Sharrow (Vermont Folklife Center), Elizabeth Nolan (Edmunds Middle School), Mediha Jusufagic (Bosnian Lilies), Mohamed Abdi (Somali Bantu Community Association of Vermont), Migmar Tsering (Tibetan Association of Vermont), Stella Mizero, (Burundian American Association of Vermont), Jeetan Khadka and Cadoux Fancy (Diversity Rocks).
Download Registration Forms and Workshop Agendas:
Burlington: Registration Form (PDF) | Agenda (PDF)
Randolph Center: Registration Form (PDF) | Agenda (PDF)
For more information or to register over the phone call (802) 388-4964.
VFC Events :: Opening reception for One Room Schools
Join us on Thursday, March 6, from 5:00 to 7:00 pm at the Vermont Folklife Center in Middlebury, VT as we host a reception for One-Room Schools, an exhibit featuring photography by Diana Mara Henry and text by Middlebury College professor Margaret K. Nelson. Henry and Nelson will offer their reflections on this project at 6:00 pm.
In the summer of 1980, Diana Mara Henry began photographing one-room schools and teachers in Vermont, many in Addison County. While one-room schoolhouses persisted in Vermont long after more urban states had moved children into graded multi-room schools, these images from the 1980s mark the end of an era. Henry's photographs, coupled with interview excerpts and text compiled by Margaret K. Nelson, offer a glimpse into a time when students of every age and grade level—and their teachers—gathered in a single room to learn the lessons of the day.
For more information about the opening reception please contact us at (802) 388-4964.
VFC Events :: Ladies of the Rainbow Benefit Event
Please join the Vermont Folklife Center in welcoming back to their home turf the legendary drag troupe, Ladies of the Rainbow for a fun and bawdy performance entitled Mistresses of Mayhem — the Ladies of the Rainbow Return on Saturday April 26, 2014 at the Brattleboro VFW Hall. Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door.
This evening of adult comedy and entertainment (18+) marks the 10th anniversary of the Ladies' first downtown Brattleboro appearance and is a fundraiser (and a fun-raiser) to support the work of the Vermont Folklife Center.
The Ladies of the Rainbow have been captivating area audiences since their first days performing at the Rainbow Cattle Co. in Dummerston, VT in the late 1990's. The story of their journey is creatively captured in an exhibit of photographs and audio interview excerpts, organized by the Vermont Folklife Center, entitled Backstage at the Rainbow Cattle Co. and photographs by Evie Lovett.
The Brattleboro VFW hall is located at 40 Black Mountain Road. For ticket information call (802) 388-4964 or purchase on line at
Brown Paper Tickets.
More details and event updates can be found on the VFC Facebook page.
VFC Exhibits :: One Room Schools
Long after more urban states moved children into graded, multi-room schools, Vermont continued to have many one- and two-room rural schools dotting the countryside. The turning point came during the late 1940s when, for the first time in state history, there were fewer rural schoolteachers than graded elementary school teachers.
In the early 1980s, when the photographs featured in this exhibit were taken, only eight schools remained in Vermont where children of at least six grades were taught together in a single room.
Diana Mara Henry's photographs were a central part of a research project conceived and undertaken by Middlebury College Sociology Professor, Margaret K. Nelson. Recognizing that from the mid nineteenth century forward school teaching had been a major occupation for vast numbers of women, Professor Nelson had set out to explore this career path in order to better understand the lives of women in the first half of the twentieth century.
Over the course of her research Professor Nelson focused on those who had taught in one-room schoolhouses in Addison County, Vermont, interviewing about twenty such women and conducting archival research in town clerks' offices and in the state library.
Diana Mara Henry's photographs of one-room schoolhouses and teachers mark the end of an era. Coupled with interview excerpts and text compiled by Margaret K. Nelson, the exhibit offers a glimpse into a time when students of every age and grade level—and their teachers—gathered in a single room to learn the lessons of the day.
As a photojournalist Diana Mara Henry's career includes the coverage of the 1972 political campaigns of George McGovern, Bella Abzug, and Elizabeth Holtzman, as well as her assignment as official photographer of the First National Women's Conference in Houston, Texas. She lives in Newport, VT.
"One-Room Schools" will be on display from February 14th - May 10th. For information about the exhibit and associated programs call (802) 388-4964
One Room Schools will be on display from February 14th - May 10th. An opening reception will be held on Thursday, March 6 from 5:00pm-7:00pm featuring a presentation by Diana Mara Henry and Margaret K. Nelson.
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