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Many are within arts organizations, some work more independently, but they are all part of a collaborative network loosely bound together by Ellen McHale at NYFS and Robert Baron at NYSCA, who both work hard to support what we do (financially and otherwise).
On February 28, we convened local and national leaders for panel presentations and townhall-style dialogue, on the topic of "Democratizing the (Folk) Arts Nonprofit Workplace." This forum about inclusive governance and decision-making was introduced and moderated by its organizer, folklorist Eileen Condon, the NYFS New York City Representative.
Our board members are elected by the NYFS membership.
Hannah Davis, our NYFS Upstate Representative, will begin her work in May 2016, and will be "on the ground" throughout the rest of the 2016 calendar year.
NYFS Newsletter, Summer 1998 <www.nyfolklore.org/pubs/ news/nlsu98/farkas.html>
Our first step as a board was to work closely with Ellen McHale, NYFS' executive director and the staff to find ways to limit our expenses.
We kicked off our program in November 2010 with a conference in New York entitled, "Latino Folk Culture and Expressive Traditions." NYFS partnered with New York University's Latino Studies department for this one-day conference.
In 2011, NYFS also took on the organization of the New York State Folk Arts Roundtable.
NYFS was pleased to hire Eileen Condon, PhD, as the downstate representative.
Our Society has benefitted from the wise counsel and visions of outgoing President, Gabrielle Hamilton; outgoing Treasurer, Jessica Schein; and board member, Ellen Fladger, who have all served the maximum time allowed by the NYFS bylaws, as well as the service of former board members Puja Sahney, Anna Mule, and Connie Sullivan-Blum.
Jones, who became head of the New York State Historical Association (NYSHA) in 1946 and, at the same time, progenitor of NYFS, did much to further folklore scholarship in New York.
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