We are excited to be taking an adventure to see the root of the traditions we have been documenting for the past few years on Staten Island. We are headed to Ghana tomorrow evening with the help and support of our dear friends (and mentors) Samuel Owusu-Sekyere and Harold Akyeampong. We have been blessed with […]
Adama and Solomon Fassah have become our dear friends, and I was thrilled to work with them, Napela, and Chris at SI Arts to produce this short video to fundraise for new tents. And guess what? They hit the streets and the web and raised more than $3000.
Let’s dismantle the closed archive concept. It leads to bad things. From my perspective, a closed archive is a mistake. It’s a missed opportunity. Our work with the Liberian community on Staten Island taught me this. I recall, vividly, the day when I brought photos of the women in Park Hill telling folktales. I was […]
Kente Cloth Weaving on Staten Island from COAHSI Folk Arts on Vimeo. The Kente Cloth as it exists in the United States, has evolved into a popular fashion accessory, a symbol of African heritage among the African-American community, and a symbol and accessory of university graduates and faculty worn on ceremonial gowns. The Kente Cloth, […]
On Saturday, November 20th, at 3pm, the family of weavers from Bonwire, and local carpentar David Ricciardi, presented a demonstration and conversation about Kente Cloth weaving and how it came to Staten Island. Tradition bearers from Bonwire, Ghana-Anthony Oti Kegya, Francis Marfo, and Nana Adu-Bofour-demonstrated how Kente cloth is woven on a traditional loom and […]
Weaving Program @ PS.28: June 15, 2010 from COAHSI Folk Arts on Vimeo. The Staten Island Handspinners and Weavers guild have been meeting and sharing their passion for spinning, knitting, and weaving for over thirty years. In doing so, they serve as an excellent example of how a community stimulates, circulates, and upholds a tradition. […]
MelaSlideshowFinal from COAHSI Folk Arts on Vimeo. On December 9th from 4-7pm at St. Mary’s Episcopal Church (347 Davis Avenue), COAHSI Folklife will host the Mobile Heritage Project Mela. The Mela is an end of the year gathering to honor the community leaders and participants who made the Mobile Heritage Project (MHP) a great success. […]
“Building Leadership through Folk Arts.” Con Edison Immigrant Artist Project Newsletter: Issue #32. New York Foundation for the Arts, January 24, 2012. NYFAarticleONCOAHSI by Christopher Mulé
1. “The Social Entrepreneur on Staten Island.” Portraits of Leadership-African American Entrepreneurs on Staten Island (An exhibition and film). The Staten Island Museum, 2011.
Mama Edwina, Mama Dot and Mama Dee came together for three days in Baltimore to play music, share life stories, and explore the connection between drumming and healing. I was a “visiting folklorist,” along with Rory Turner and Sally Van de Water, there to focus on the traditionality and expression found within and between the drum […]