Visit the Art Center for free admission from 5-8pm on the First Friday of every month, except January. First Fridays often include artist demonstrations, art making activities, live music, and light refreshments. Visit this website for updates or call us at 315.255.1553 for details about upcoming First Fridays.
Auburn's First Friday is sponsored by Auburn's Historic & Cultural Sites Commission, Auburn Downtown Business Improvement District, and the Fred M. Everett and Ora H. Everett Charitable Trust. For more information about activities at other Auburn sites on First Friday, please visit the Auburn Business Improvement District's website www.auburndowntown.org or call 315.252.7874.
Folk Arts 1: Haudenosaunee Traditions
Haudenosaunee dances and lacrosse stick making will be featured 5 to 8 p.m. on the back lawn of the Cayuga Museum of History and Art, located next door to the Schweinfurth at 203 Genesee St., Auburn. Ron Patterson, an Oneida Turtle Clan member and the only remaining Oneida Indian Nation lacrosse stick maker, will demonstrate how he makes lacrosse sticks. And Chris Thomas, one of this generation’s most celebrated smoke dancers, and four Smoke Dancers will perform social dances, including the Rabbit and Old Moccasin dances.
Folk Arts 2: Middle Eastern Traditions
Middle Eastern music, calligraphy, and food are on the menu from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Schweinfurth Art Center, 205 Genesee St., Auburn. Musical entertainment will be provided by Ahmad Akhlef, a traditional oud player and refugee from Syria who fled to Jordan after his home was bombed. He moved to Syracuse with his family in 2016. He will perform three 20- to 25-minute sets at 5:30, 6:10, and 6:45 p.m. Nada Odeh, a Syrian artist, activist, humanitarian, and poet, will give a presentation on Arabic calligraphy. Food will be provided by two women, Nihad Aldwas and Nujoud Makhlouf. Aldwas, who fled Syria for Jordan due to the civil war and came to the United States three years ago, will be providing flatbread and other traditional appetizers. Makhlouf, who grew up in Syracuse, will be making coffee or tea, traditional appetizers, and baklava.