Folklife Workshops

  • Jan 21 - Mar 18, 2023
  • Castellani Art Museum of Niagara University

    7 Varsity Drive
    Niagara University, New York 14109
Ticket Price $10.00 Register Now

Folklife Workshops are small, hands-on programs led by local folk artists and tradition bearers that engage participants in the diverse cultural heritage of our region. Participants learn the meanings, materials, and techniques of a cultural tradition practiced locally in a structured lesson, where they create their own work under the guidance and instruction of the workshop teacher. These family-friendly programs provide an opportunity for local folk artists to share their cultural knowledge and practices with a wider audience, and for members of the community to come together and celebrate cultural exchange. 

Time: 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
Cost: $10, Members, EBT, and NU students are free (with registration)*
Registration:  Pre-registration required*

January 21 - Japanese Calligraphy with Toshie Kenney - SOLD OUT

Description: Learn about the diverse types of strokes used in Japanese Calligraphy (shodō), the tradition of kakizome, the writing of auspicious characters in the new year, and create your own calligraphy works in this class led by local shihan calligrapher Toshie Kenney. 


March 18 - Wirework with Taran Kohli Ahuja - SOLD OUT

Description: Wirework is the traditional art of creating aesthetic designs, primarily jewelry, through the weaving and crocheting of metal wires. Learn more about the focus required in wirework and create your own wirework jewelry in this workshop led by local wirework artist Taran Kohli Ahuja.


*Registration is non-refundable. Please call 716.286.8201 for issues registering 

CAM Programming Discount Codes
NU Faculty, staff, and students – NUCAMFAM
EBT patrons- Please call Evan Wright at 716-286 -8201 

Folklife Workshops are made possible through the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Kathy Hochul and the New York State Legislature. 

Date & Time

Jan 21 - Mar 18, 2023

Venue Details

Castellani Art Museum of Niagara University

7 Varsity Drive
Niagara University, New York 14109 Castellani Art Museum of Niagara University
Castellani Art Museum of Niagara University

The Castellani Art Museum (CAM) at the center of the Niagara University campus is dedicated to the enjoyment and educational potential of artistic creativity. As a major resource for the visual arts in Niagara County, the CAM's permanent collection includes over 5,000 pieces of mainly modern and contemporary art, and hosts a unique Folk Arts Program supporting traditional artists and community based cultural traditions in the Buffalo-Niagara region. 

In keeping with Niagara University's Vincentian mission, the museum recognizes and serves the diverse racial, ethnic, and religious communities of the Niagara region through the organization and presentation of exhibitions which honor and explore their artistic traditions and contemporary output. In addition to presenting diverse artistic expressions, the museum works in partnerships to explore and redefine the relationship between the museum and its constituencies.

As a university museum, the Castellani Art Museum serves the educational needs of the community,  by working with Niagara University faculty on integrative learning projects for college students and providing art education programs for area schools and cultural organizations. The museum staff works with educators to develop art-based learning programs that help to promote critical thinking.

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