The ARTS Council of the Southern Finger Lakes
Jan 26, 2014
For Immediate Release
The ARTS Council of the Southern Finger Lakes

The ARTS Council Welcomes
New Folk Arts Coordinator
Maria E. Kennedy

The ARTS Council of the Southern Finger Lakes (The ARTS Council) is pleased to welcome Maria Kennedy as the new Folk Arts Coordinator. Maria began her position on January 9th, 2015. Though new to the Southern Tier, Maria has long personal associations with the state of New York, with family in the North Country, the Catskills, and the Hudson Valley.


"We are so excited to have Maria join us at The ARTS Council and continue our vibrant folk arts programming," said Connie Sullivan-Blum, the Executive Director. "Supporting traditional arts and folkways is integral to the mission of The ARTS Council, and we are thrilled to have someone with Maria's skills on board."  


Maria has been cultivating her experience in folk arts as a graduate student at Indiana University's Department of Folklore and Ethnomusicology, where she received a dual MA from the Department of Folklore and the School of Journalism. As a graduate student, she worked for Traditional Arts Indiana, assisting with public folk arts programs throughout the state, and the Institute for Digital Arts and Humanities at Indiana University.


Maria will soon complete her PhD dissertation in Folklore at IU, which explores the rural traditions of orcharding, cider making, and wassailing in England, with a particular interest in the influence of contemporary environmental conservation on agricultural heritage. During her research, she worked for a season on a small cider farm near the town of Ross-on-Wye.


Maria has continued to explore her interests in agriculture and the art of fermentation back in the United States, working in the tasting room, vineyards, and offices of Oliver Winery in Bloomington, Indiana.  She is especially eager to learn about the culture and traditions of wine and cider in the Finger Lakes region!


We are excited to begin working with Maria at the Arts Council as she takes on our long-standing programs such as the Old Time Fiddler's Gathering, and look forward to her future contributions in new research, programs, and projects.





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