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Extraordinary folk and traditional artists live in Philadelphia's many neighborhoods. It is a common complaint, across many communities, that our artists are better known away from the city than in Philadelphia itself. We are home to artists who have received formal recognition of their arts - National Heritage Fellowships, given by the National Endowment for the Arts, Pew Fellowships in the Arts, funded by the Pew Charitable Trusts - and we are home to artists whose name and work are legendary within particular communities. Yet despite their skill and stature, most folk and traditional artists struggle to maintain their art forms. This list of folk artists introduces you to a handful of the artists in our midst through capsule biographies and samples of their work (marked below as "media.") Included are a sample of people and groups who have been featured in PFP programs, or who have participated in PFP technical assistance programs, over the past few years. (Look for more artists to be added.) Consult PFP exhibits, publications and videos for background and information about these artists and their traditions. To learn about artists who offer residencies and workshops, perform, or show their work, e-mail us at

A - L
Antonia Arias
Yekini Atanda
Nana Korantemaa Ayeboafo
Frito Bastien (Image Gallery | Video)
Ra'sheeda Bey
Kormassa Bobo

Madhusmita Bora
Javitta Brockington
Kenneth "Skip" Burton
Terrence Cameron
Alma Luz Castro
Sifu Shu Pui Cheung (Image Gallery | Video)
Gbahtuo Comgbaye
Greg Corbin
Robert Crowder
Maisaloon Dias
Blamoh Doe
Blanche Epps (Video)
Fabulous Shpielkehs (Music | Video)
Isabelle Fambro
Irma Gardner-Hammond
Fatu Gayflor (Image Gallery | Music)
Linda Goss
Helen Gym
Riasinta Hite
Stephanie Hryckowian
Edith "Baby Edwards" Hunt
Germaine Ingram
Peache Jarman
Christina Johnson
Hortense Allen Jordan
Eric Joselyn
Robert Kenyatta
Leendavy Koung
Peang Koung
Bronius Krokys
Chia Kue
Kulu Mele (Music | Video)
Pupi Legaretta
Shuyuan Li
Zhenguo Liu

M - Z
Mogauwane Mahloele (Music | Video)
Don Manuel
Eang Mao
Delores and Dave McHarris
Henry Meadows
Roger Mgrdichian (Music)
Hawa Moore (Video)
Kathryn Morgan
Thomas Morton
Vera Nakonechny (Image Gallery)
Ione Nash
Ngo Thanh Nhan
Philadelphia Chinese Opera Society
Thavro Phim
Ayesha Rahim (Image Gallery)
Adeeb Refela
Joaquin Rivera
LaVaughn Robinson
Thelma Shelton Robinson
Anna Rubio
Tito Rubio (Music)
Losang Samten (Image Gallery | Video)
Marta Sanchez
Ama Schley
Anssumane Silla
Pang Xiong Sirirathasuk Sikoun (Image Gallery | Music)
Yvette Smalls
Matthew Smith
Libby Spencer
Peter Tang (Music)
Joseph Tayoun (Music)
Michele Tayoun
Zaye Tete (Music | Video)
Tokay Tomah
Angela Watson
Elaine Watts
Susan Watts
Dorothy Wilkie
John Wilkie (Music)
Women's Sekere Ensemble
Chamroeun Yin (Image Gallery)
Hua Hua Zhang