Brooklyn Arts Council is proud to help nurture Brooklyn’s traditional artists and preserve our borough’s diverse heritage though our folk arts program.
Brooklyn Arts Council works with Brooklyn’s traditional artists and their immigrant communities to preserve and present arts expressive of the borough’s diverse living heritage—folk song, storytelling, social dance, foodways, material culture and more. BAC’s folk arts program is directed by a professional folklorist and associates trained in fieldwork techniques—interviewing, photographing, community engagement skills and collaborations. Fieldwork is part of every project that we undertake.
We regularly present traditional artists in concerts, workshops and panels; help them identify and apply for grants; consult with members of local communities to help preserve traditional ecologies; and educate the public about traditional lifeways.
Fieldwork is part of every project that eventually becomes a series of events and programs, but it’s also a part of learning about traditional communities and arts in Brooklyn.
Brooklyn’s evolving folklife is documented and preserved in BAC’s folk arts archive, online and by appointment at BAC. Traditional, ethnic, and diaspora arts express and preserve cultural custom, history, memory and identity.
BAC Folk Arts is associated with national and state folk arts organizations that offer resources for traditional arts.