Reflections on Erie’s Waters
In celebration of the Erie Canal Bicentennial (2017-2025), the Erie Canal Museum has partnered with the Canal Society of New York State on a program called Reflections on Erie’s Waters – The Erie Canal in New York State’s History and Future. This multifaceted program includes exhibits; a statewide lecture tour; and artist-led workshops, all in celebration and commemoration of the Bicentennial of the Erie Canal.
The Erie Canal Museum is hosting five artist-led workshops in the areas of poetry, photography, music, storytelling, and painting.
The fee for the workshops are $12 for Museum members and $15 for the general public. It is important to us that these workshops are available to everyone, so we have a limited number of scholarships available for each. To apply for a scholarship, please fill out this application and send it to firstname.lastname@example.org.
To register for a workshop, use the PayPal button below. Members should call (315) 471-0593 x15.
The Erie Canal: A Pathway for Poetry Workshop with Ellen Agnew
Saturday, May 20 and Saturday, June 3 from 10am – 1pm at the Erie Canal Museum
This two-session workshop will provide an introduction to five different forms of poetry and strategies for composing poetry, as well as an opportunity to write and share poems inspired by various perspective of the Erie Canal, past and present. This workshop is limited to 20 participants.
Reflecting with Song: Music Workshop with Dave Ruch
Thursday, June 15 from 7pm – 9pm at the Erie Canal Museum
Syracuse New York is home to an active community of folk musicians, fiddlers, bluegrass bands, and singers and players of Irish traditional music. The local and regional “heritage” repertoire of canal music shares lots of common musical ground with these genres, and yet, seems to be under-represented at local jam sessions and musical events. This workshop with musician and canal music researcher Dave Ruch (www.daveruch.com), with Dick Ford of Signature Music, will introduce songs and instrumental pieces from canal days, passing along to area musicians some truly regional folk music while inviting reflections and comparisons with their current repertory.
Reflecting on the Historic Erie Canal Photography Workshop with Willson Cummer
Saturday, July 15 from 10am – 2pm at the Erie Canal Museum
In this workshop, participants will explore the area of downtown Syracuse that was once occupied by the Erie Canal and utilize their cameras to create their own visions of history. The workshop will include an introduction to basic photography and end with a supportive critique. This workshop is limited to 10 participants.
Collecting Reflections Storytelling Workshop with Sean Kirst
Saturday, July 29 from 11am – 2pm at the Erie Canal Museum
Participants learn spoken word storytelling techniques based on their impressions of the Erie Canal’s history, impact, and relevance to their lives built around one famous incident in Canal history; and develop creative ideas for spoken word tales that build on these impressions. This workshop is limited to 15 participants.
Drawing from History, Painting Erie’s Landscape Workshop with Reina Apraez
Wednesday, September 13 from 5pm – 8:00pm at the Erie Canal Museum
Even at its bicentennial, the Erie Canal has informed city planners and developers of the possibilities for a new Syracuse. This is a landscape drawing and painting workshop in structure, but it is an opportunity to inform oneself of the possibilities that exist in our changing City through creativity and experimentation. This is a workshop for all levels, and a great opportunity for young artists to develop portfolio pieces. This workshop is limited to 15 participants.
Reflections on Erie’s Waters is made possible with funding from the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.