Folk Arts Program - Programs

CAMFA ProgramPhoto Toshie

Toshie Kenney, a local shihan (master) in shodō (Japanese calligraphy), leads a workshop about basic tools, techniques, and uses. 


In addition to exhibitions, the Folk Arts Program organizes and develops programming through collaborations with folk artists and community members. Ranging from small, hands-on workshops to large traditional music or dance performances, programming provides another opportunity for learning about diverse cultural traditions practiced in the Greater Buffalo-Niagara Region. Whether a stand-alone program or tied into a current exhibition, programming enables a more interactive opportunity for featured artists to share their unique skills, knowledge, and meaning-making with old and new audiences.   

Workshops are typically held in the Castellani Art Museum classroom, and have included Tuscarora beadwork, wycinanki (Polish paper cutting), ebru (Turkish paper marbling), and Shodo (Japanese calligraphy) classes led by artists from their respective communities. Larger programs are held in the Castellani Art Museum’s main gallery, and range from traditional music or dance performances – such as a celebration of local Balkan traditions that featured foodways, music, and art – to folk art exhibit opening receptions, which feature artist talks, demonstrations, and traditional foods.  

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CAM strungtogether program phototosend 1 for websiteStrung Together: Zither Encounters explored three different types of zither instruments (kanun, guqin, and hammered dulcimer) played in the Buffalo-Niagara region by local musicians from three different communities through a ‘music roundtable’ format, mixing performance, presentation, and discussion.