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Here at the Philadelphia Folklore Project, we are committed to paying attention to the experiences and traditions of "ordinary" people. Our focus is to build critical folk cultural knowledge, sustain vital and diverse living cultural heritage in communities in our region, and create equitable processes and practices for nurturing local grassroots arts and humanities.... more


February 9, 2 PM - 7 PM
The Leeway Foundation offers grants for women and trans artists creating art for social change. March 1st is their next grant deadline. Stop by PFP for a session with Leeway program staff: no appointment necessary. To make the most of your visit, read the guidelines beforehand ( You may also bring a draft application for feedback. For info, call Leeway: 215.545.4078

June 6, 6 PM- 9 PM
Painted Bride Art Center, 230 Vine Street, Philadelphia
Folk Arts and Social Change Awards to local visionaries and artists. Great food, drink and company. Save the date! Become an event sponsor and invest in PFP's future! Call 215.726.1106 for more information or Buy Tickets Here! Sponsored by PECO.

June 11 and 25 & July 9
4 PM - 7 PM
The PA Council on the Arts offers grants (8/1/15 deadline) supporting close work between a master and an apprentice in the folk arts. Workshops walk you through the process of preparing an application. RSVP: 215.726.1106

PFP is launching a new look to go along with our transition!
In June we bid farewell to PFP's Founding Director, Debora Kodish and welcomed PFP's new Director, Selina Morales. Learn more about PFP's new staff here. Stay tuned for the revamp of our website and make a donation today to show your support for PFP during this exciting moment in PFPs evolution!

PFP's membership campaign continues! Help sustain community-based folk arts in these hard times, and as PFP begins our 27th year! We invite (and need) your help. Join online or the old-fashioned way (at any amount).

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In The Field

March 21, 2:30 PM - 5 PM
The Performance Garage, 1515 Brandywine St, Philadelphia
Join Dr. Cynthia Cohen of Brandeis University's Peacebuilding and the Arts initiative for a screening of the documentary, Acting Together on the World Stage. A discussion of the place of traditional and folk arts practice in reconciliation, anti-violence and peacebuilding work in Philadelphia and beyond with members of the Liberian Women's Chorus for Change and other local artists and activists will follow. RSVP here or by calling: 215-726-1106

The Liberian Women’s Chorus for Change inspires awareness and dialogue about domestic violence and other concerns of the local Liberian community through traditional song and stories. Throughout the spring and summer, these exceptional singers and dancers will be performing for Philadelphia’s Liberians at various sites, and networking with local social service agencies and activists to connect people with resources so as to foster individual and community strength and dignity.
Be sure to check out the Liberian Women’s Chorus for Change in concert at International House, 3701 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia, on March 6th at 7:30 PM. Presented by Intercultural Journeys. Like their Facebook page to stay in touch.

Building on a decade of collaboration, PFP is continuing our work with the Folk Arts Cultural Treasures Charter School and Asian Americans United to provide folk arts education this year in West African and Indonesian dance, Step, Vietnamese zither, Chinese Lion dance and Kung Fu, Chinese Opera, spoken word/poetry, Liberian storytelling, Tibetan sand mandala, Chinese shadow theater, Mexican Day of the Dead arts and Brazilian capoeira.

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In Our Gallery

April 11, 4 PM - 6 PM
Weekly, many Philadelphia Tibetans gather for “Tibetan Sunday School,” sharing Tibetan language, songs and stories with their children. Monthly, they participate in Lhakar, strategic non-violent resistance buttressing Tibetan cultural practices in the face of oppression in their homeland. Annually, they celebrate the Dalai Lama’s birthday through ritual and a community pot-luck. This exhibition highlights commitments to community and culture. Co-curated with the Tibetan Association of Philadelphia.

April 13 - 17, 2 PM - 7 PM daily
April 19, 1 PM Dismantling
Award-winning mandala artist Losang Samten returns for his annual residency, creating an image of the universe in colored sand over the course of a week. Stop by to observe, and to speak with Losang about his process and the stories and messages embedded in this art of Tibet, his homeland. On Sunday, April 19th, Losang will preside over a dismantling ceremony during which the mandala is swept into a glass vase, and then transported to a body of water, where the sand is returned to nature. All are invited to accompany Losang to the Schuylkill River Banks after the ceremony at our office.

May 16
3 PM - 4:30 PM
Storyteller Denise Valentine has been on a journey to unravel the complicated threads of her family’s history, examining tales told generation-to-generation alongside DNA evidence and written records. Come listen to Denise recount her adventures looking for her family's place in the story of slavery and freedom in South Carolina. This program is presented by Linda Goss and made possible by Friends of the Artists.

Bill and Miriam Crawford's actual dining room - four walls collaged with 40 years of social change memorabilia - is a permanent exhibition at PFP. Now, listen online to audio recordings from Crawford family and friends. . .