Our galleries showcase local folk and traditional arts - vernacular and alternative expression. We accept community proposals for Folk Arts and Social Change residencies and work collaboratively to develop exhibitions and public programs at PFP. OPEN Tuesdays from 2 PM - 7 PM and by appointment. FREE: Donations appreciated. To learn more: 215.726.1106, or email to join our listserve. Download a full copy of our spring 2014 calendar here.
HONORING ANCESTORS (Exhibition)
Highlighting African and African-sourced dance and drumming in our city, this exhibit documents aspects of a revolution in cultural traditions that has changed lives and opened unimagined possibilities. It includes an alatar dedicated to individuals who paved the way for much of today's local African-rooted artistry. Curated in partnership the Community Education Center and Philadelphia-based African dancers and drummers. Stop by to view the exhibit, watch video footage, and share your thoughts.
IF THESE WALLS COULD TALK: WILLIAM and MIRIAM CRAWFORD'S DINING ROOM (Exhibition)
Bill and Miriam Crawford's actual dining room walls are collaged with 40 years of social change memorabilia. Like other folk arts, these lovingly tended walls of memory and struggle trace community and convey folk history. Reinstalled at PFP, the dining room records the Crawfords' involvement in the Communist party, civil rights, Black Power, and anti-war movements, the "Stop Rizzo" campaign, and more. Like an elaborate, oversized scrapbook, the walls seamlessly mix political memorabilia with favorite images of African American literary and musical figures, popular culture, and photos of old friends. Each piece has a story. Also featuring audio recordings from the Crawford's extended family.
LIBERIAN WOMEN'S CHORUS FOR CHANGE
Naming and lamenting the injustice of domestic violence, encouraging women to make their voices heard, or paving possible paths to peace, these award-winning vocalists are using the power of their traditional songs as an inspirational call to action on the pressing issues facing local Liberian and other African immigrant communities. They'll be appearing around town in "pop-up" concerts this spring. Stay up to date about their activities (and respond to their work): email PFP, friend us on Facebook, or call us: 215.726.1106.
KEEPERS OF THE CULTURE
1st Thursdays: 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
Monthly meetings of the region's Afrocentric storytelling organization. For information, call 215.667.8009.
FANNY CRAWFORD: STORIES FROM THE CRAWFORD DINING ROOM
1 PM - 3 PM
Bill and Miriam Crawford's dining room assemblage is on display at PFP. Their daughter Fanny shares stories of growing up in this family of activists, and in West Philadelphia in the 1960s and 1970s. Followed by reception and conversation.
LIBERIAN WOMEN'S CHORUS FOR CHANGE
1:15 PM - 2 PM
Faith-Immanuel Lutheran Church (Fellowship Hall)
65 Penn Blvd., East Lansdowne
Renowned Liberian singers perform traditional and newly-composed songs, inspiring dialogue and action around current pressing community issues. Experience the power of their voices. Join in discussion and song at this public "pop-up" concert.
LEEWAY APPLICANT SUPPORT SESSION
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 one-on-one session with Leeway program staff: no appointment necessary. To make the most of your session, Leeway advises that you read the guidelines thoroughly beforehand. You may also bring a draft application for specific feedback. For more info, call Leeway: 215.545.4078
HONORING ANCESTORS: SPRING OPEN HOUSE
6 PM - 8 PM
Join Keepers of the Culture in a storytelling circle honoring the power of dance and drum in people’s lives. Come prepared to share your story.
2 PM - 3:30 PM
Glen Faulkner, master diddley bow player, told Papa Ed Stokes that he couldn't teach him to play the "one string." Papa Ed traveled down to Senatobia, Mississippi to find out why. Come listen to stories from Papa Ed's travels and hear him play the "one string." This program is presented by Linda Goss and made possible by Friends of the Artists.
FOLK ARTS AND SOCIAL CHANGE EXTRAVAGANZA / PFP 27th BIRTHDAY BASH
6 PM- 9 PM
A performance by the Liberian Women's Chorus for Change at PFP's 27th Birthday Bash and fundraiser. Folk Arts and Social Change Awards to Nana Korantema Ayeboafo and Elaine Watts. Bantaba with Kulu Mele African Dance and Drum Ensemble. Farewell to PFP's Founding Director Debora Kodish, and welcome to PFP's new Director, Selina Morales. 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. Sponsored by PECO.
June 19 and 26
4 PM - 7 PM
The PA Council on the Arts offers Apprenticeship grants (8/1/14 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
Folk Arts Education
We run critical folk arts education programs by developing resources for educators and offering on-going residencies in which traditional artists work with young people at the Folk Arts - Cultural Treasures Charter School (which we helped Asian Americans United to found). Residency artists include masters of diverse local cultural traditions - African American, Chinese, Cambodian, Vietnamese, and Liberian dance and music. At the Folk Arts Cultural Treasures Charter School, we are also involved in developing folk arts education curricula, standards and programs. For more information about our Folk Arts Education program, view our Education section.
Media and Publications
We develop documentary resources to widen the public record about local folk arts and issues. (Browse some examples here). Our long-running magazine, children's books, books and exhibition catalogs, and documentary videos and DVDs are on our list. Purchases of our publications help to support PFP efforts.