286 Marielena Ferrer and Elinor Levy on Folk Arts

Today Marielena Ferrer covers for Theresa and welcomes guest Elinor Levy or Arts Mid-Hudson. Elinor Levy joined Arts-Mid Hudson in September 2016 as the Folk Arts Program manager. A native of Oakland, California, she has bounced around the country from California to Indiana, Georgia, Nevada, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and now New York. Previously, she worked in Las Vegas as the folklorist for Clark County Parks and Recreation and as executive director of the Northwest Jersey Folklife Project. Having spent the last decade as a folklorist consultant and an adjunct professor, she is excited to be doing public folklore again especially in the culturally rich Hudson Valley. She has a master’s degree in Anthropology from California State University, Sacramento and a doctorate in folklore from Indiana University, Bloomington. She is a folk artist in her own right as a third generation knitter on her mother’s side. In the past three years she has added spinning her own yarn to her skills and looks forward each year to helping a friend shear a small flock of Jacob sheep.

We discuss being a folklorist, the art of observing, participatory research, Cultural Humility, the activities at the Broadway Bubble in Kingston – not your average laundromat, and all the work Elinor oversees and shepherds at Arts Mid-Hudson. Elinor can be reached at elevy@artsmidhudson.org.

Today’s show was engineered by Ian Seda from Radiokingston.org.

Our show music is from Shana Falana!

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