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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


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).

Staff: 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.

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The Liberian Women's Chorus for Change, renowned musicians, perform traditional and newly-composed songs to inspire dialogue and action around gender violence. "Like" their Facebook page to stay in touch.

Grant Writing Workshops this month! The PA Council on the Arts offers Apprenticeship grants supporting close work between a master and apprentice inn the folk arts. PFP is offering workshops to walk artists through the process on 7/10 from 4-7pm. Applications and guidelines are available at PFP and are available online at Contact pfp for more information.

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Exhibition Closes in July
Over the last 60+ years, Philadelphia has witnessed a revolution in cultural traditions that has changed lives, and opened unimagined possibilities. This exhibition, highlighting African and African-sourced dance and drumming in our city, includes an altar dedicated to individuals who paved the way for much of today's local African-rooted artistry. A PFP Folk Arts and Social Change residency, developed in collaboration with the Community Education Center and Philadelphia-based African drummers and dancers. All welcome. Visit Tuesdays 10 AM - 7 PM and by appointment. Free. Questions: 215.726.1106 or

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. . .