Welcome to GLOW Traditions at GO ART!
Accordions 'Round the World is hosted by SUNY Geneseo Professor of Music, Jim Kimball, Accordions ‘Round the World presents the melodious sounds of accordions and concertinas from diverse musical traditions found in western New York. As an ethnomusicologist focusing on traditional music of our region, Kimball has documented numerous old time and ethnic musical cultures in which the accordion takes a lead role. These include Irish, Italian, Danish, Polish, German, and old time square dance music.
The concert will feature musicians from these communities: Ted, McGraw, Marta Driscoll and John Ryan (Irish), Alex Alexandrov (Bulgarian and Eastern European), Ken Machelski and Casey Kliszak (Polish), and Frank Reino (Italian). Each of the musicians have perfected their craft primarily in the context of their particular community: trading tunes at weekly Irish music sessions in and around Rochester; serving as concertmaster for the National Accordion Orchestra of Bulgaria; playing in nationally recognized Polish polka bands from Buffalo; or learning the accordion at a young age from an Italian uncle or family friend. The performers collectively illustrate the breadth of experience found in traditional expressive culture in our region. They each perform on their own finely crafted and often unique instruments.
GLOW Traditions supports our area's living cultural heritage through documentation and public programming of traditional arts. It operates collaboratively among the Arts Council for Wyoming County, Livingston Arts, and the Genesee-Orleans Regional Arts Council. This regional program has been led since 1997 by founding Director, Karen Canning.
What do we mean by traditional arts?
Traditional or folk arts are the ways a group maintains and passes on its shared way of life. They are usually learned informally, through watching and doing rather than learning from a book or in school. Traditional arts are often passed down over generations, expressing a community's sense of beauty, identity and values. Folk arts and folkways range from verbal "lore" like local ghost stories, children's rhymes or family sayings, to material arts like woodcarving, quilting or fly tying, to performance arts like fiddling, break dancing, or square dance calling. Your family, your church, your fraternal club – these are all groups that practice and maintain creative traditions that give meaning to everyday life.
Our folk arts program was established in 1985, one of the first in New York state. Dr. Bruce Buckley, a noted scholar and folklorist who had retired from the folklore program at Cooperstown/SUNY Oneonta, came to Wyoming County and began his second career in public folk arts documentation and programming. His work forms the basis of our archive of traditional arts, which contains interviews and slides of more than 200 artisans in our region from 1985 to the present day. Folklorist Kathy Kimiciek led the program from 1988-1990, and in 1996 Karen Canning became the staff folklorist for the region encompassing Wyoming, Livingston, Genesee and Orleans (GLOW) Counties. In 2013 we officially renamed our program, GLOW Traditions, to further emphasize the connection to our partner arts councils in surrounding counties: ACWC, Livingston Arts and the Genesee-Orleans Regional Arts Council.
Here are some examples of our activities and projects over the years:
- Fiesta Latina: Music, Dance and Arts of our Hispanic/Latino communities
- “A Good Ride: Arts and Traditions of the Attica Rodeo” exhibit
- On Your Feet: Festival of dance tradtions from around the world
- Festive Foodways: Celebratory food traditions of our Italian, Polish and Hispanic communities
- Talking Turkey: Techniques, Tricks and Tales of Turkey Hunting
- Annual Round & Square Dance
- Annual Accordion Fest
Carved Duck Decoy
Panamanian Dance by
Grupo Cultural Latinos en Rochester
Day of the Dead ofrenda, 2013
Raised Beadwork Hat
Round & Square Dance
Accordion Fest, 2008
Horseshoe Art by Danny Kruszka
Wyoming County Fair
Costume Show, 2012
Joanne Kelly, 2011