Welcome to GLOW Traditions
Karen Canning, Director
Mexican Aguas Frescas Demo, Agripalooza, Wyoming County
GLOW Traditions supports our area's living cultural heritage through documentation and public programming of traditional arts. We are a shared program with the Arts Council for Wyoming County, the Genesee Valley Council on the Arts, and the Genesee-Orleans Regional Arts Council.
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