Program Archives: Programs (2004- 2005)

GRANTS & TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE WORKSHOPS
FREE but limited spaces: you MUST RSVP: 215.726.1106

September 22, 2004. 5:30 - 7:30 PM. Folk arts grant-writing 101
. An introduction to folk arts-friendly funding opportunities in the Philadelphia area. Consider your priorities. Which funders may be appropriate for you and your project? How do you tell your story? How do you build a budget? What materials do you need to gather? Leave with a calendar and a plan.

October 6, 2004. 5:30 - 7:30 PM. Folk arts in education: information about the roster process of the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts (PCA). Get ready for the December 10th deadline for the roster: a competitive process through which artists are selected to be listed by the PCA. If you are chosen for their roster, then schools and community groups may apply for PCA funds to support you as a teaching artist in residence at their site. Learn about the application process.

January 15, 2005. 10 AM - Noon.
FOLK ARTS GRANT-WRITING 101

An introduction to folk arts-friendly funding opportunities in the Philadelphia area. Consider your priorities. Which funders may be appropriate for you and your project? How do you tell your story? How do you build a budget? What materials do you need to gather? Leave with a calendar and a plan. Overview of upcoming spring and summer grants deadlines at the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts' Preserving Diverse Cultures, Arts Education, Folk Arts Fellowship and Apprenticeship programs, the 5-County grant program as well as the new Leeway Foundation grants and other opportunities. Hands-on practice at writing narratives and building budgets.

March 19, 2005. 10 AM – Noon.
FOLK ARTS GRANTS WORKSHOP: WRITING NARRATIVES AND BUILDING BUDGETS
Hands-on practice at basic elements of grant-writing. Special attention to new Leeway grants for women traditional artists. Bring samples of your own grant drafts to work on.

May 21, 2005. 10 AM – Noon. PFP/735 S. 50th Street (NOTE NEW ADDRESS!)
FOLK ARTS GRANTS WORKSHOP: WORK SAMPLES AND ARTIST STATEMENTS
Focus on basic elements of applications, with hands-on practice. Information on the Leeway Foundation grants, PCA fellowships and apprenticeships for artists and the 5-County grant program for artists and organizations. Bring samples of your work.



WORKDAYS!

March 26, April 2, and April 9, 2005. 9 AM – 4 PM. PFP/735 S. 50th St
WORKDAYS: HELP US GET OUR NEW BUILDING READY TO OPEN!
After nearly 18 years of being a tenant, the Folklore Project now plans to open our own building this coming spring—a small rowhouse in West Philadelphia! Call or email to join a work team (and to tell us your skills): we need painters, gardeners, and more.



LOCAL KNOWLEDGE PROJECT: STUDIOS & SALONS

Spend time with local traditional artists

February
OPEN STUDIOS
: DANCE HAPPENS HERE!
Open studios with some of this year’s PFP artists in residence. Come look and listen to some of the region’s traditional artists, as they work on various projects. A behind the scenes glimpse of the work of sustaining tradition:
February 8, 11 AM. Kulu Mele (West African dance class)
February 26, 6 PM. Ollin Yolitzli (Mexican/Aztec dance rehearsal)
April 6, 7 PM. Herencia Arabe (flamenco and middle eastern dance rehearsal)
Free but spaces very limited. Call/email for details.

April ->, Saturday mornings, weather permitting, Roughly 9 AM, PFP/735 S. 50th St.
BLANCHE EPPS: African American heritage gardening
Master gardener Blanche Epps will be teaching heritage gardening, using plants that are part of family traditions: not what you’ll find at the supermarket. She’s starting with the PFP’s new backyard. Come join in the fun, learn, and help! Times and exact dates tbd. But sign up if you are interested, or want to know more.

March 28, 2005, 10 PM
Plenty of Good Women Dancers
Broadcast on WHYY – TV 12 at 10 PM
Stepping rehearsalTurn your TV on (and visit with artists in your own home!) After 10 years, we are finally releasing our documentary on local African American women tap dancers— telling the remarkable stories of Libby Spencer, Hortense Allen Jordan, Edith Baby Edwards Hunt, and others. With contemporary and historic performances. (And purchase your own copy of the DVD: $24.95 via the website or by check to the office).

May 4, 11 and 18, 2005: 7 PM, PFP/735 S. 50th St.
Linda Goss: Storytelling Table
Acclaimed storyteller Linda Goss will lead a three-week storytelling circle. Sit around the Crawford's table, hear her tales of self-knowledge and social change, and share your own stories. $10/session. Limited space.

May 8, 2005, 2 PM, PFP/735 S. 50th St.
Elaine and Susan Watts: Philadelphia Jewish Klezmer Music
An artists’ talk. Visit with Philadelphia’s own klezmer musicians: 3rd and 4th generations in the Hoffman dynasty. They will play and talk about their new CD and the new PFP documentary in process about their music and family tradition. (Postponed to fall 2005).



ART HAPPENS HERE EXHIBITIONS & PROGRAMS

February 19, 2005, 1 PM – 5 PM, Church of the Advocate, 18th and Diamond Streets
Admission: $5 or a good story about why you don’t have it! (Three special prizes)
FOLKLORE AND SELF-KNOWLEDGE: HOW STORIES TELL US WHO WE ARE
Featuring scholars and storytellers:
Dr. Kathryn Morgan (folklorist, author of Children of Strangers)
Linda Goss & cousinLinda Goss (storyteller, author of Talk That Talk)
Thelma Shelton Robinson (South Philly born and raised “poetic storyteller")
For everyone who’s ever listened to or loved a story, told a lie, or whispered a prayer. Come hear what one of today’s most insightful folklorists and two of the region’s most thoughtful storytellers have to say about how stories tell us who we really are, how they help us to know ourselves and others, how they place us in time and space. Pioneers in their own right, these scholars and artists of the spoken word will share stories and talk about how stories carry cultural and individual self-knowledge. Reading, telling , Q & A and discussion. Followed by a reception. Introduction by Lois Fernandez. A collaboration with Art Sanctuary. Part of the celebration of Black Writing. In honor of ODUNDE's 30th anniversary and in memory of Gerald L. Davis.

April 15, 2005, 5 PM – 8 PM, PFP/735 S. 50th Street
EXHIBITION OPENING: IF THESE WALLS COULD TALK. . . .
THE WILLIAM AND MIRIAM CRAWFORD DINING ROOM

Miriam & Bill CrawfordBill and Miriam Crawford’s actual dining room are four walls 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. An artistic creation in its own right, this assemblage evokes the homes and workplaces of many activists. The dining room walls chronicle four decades of a family’s political life, recording the Crawfords' involvement in the Communist party, the civil rights, Black Power, and anti-war movements, the "Stop Rizzo" campaign, and Bill's own campaign for city controller. Like an elaborate, oversized scrapbook, the walls seamlessly mix political memorabilia with favorite images of African American literary and musical figures, popular culture, cartoons, and photographs of old friends. Each piece has a story. Come join us and add your story to the mix. . . . (Read more)

April 16, 2005, 9 AM - 3 PM, PFP/735 S. 50th St.
IF THESE WALLS COULD TALK: CRAWFORD DINING ROOM OPEN HOUSE
See above.

May 13, 2005, 5 – 8 PM, PFP/735 S. 50th St.
EXHIBITION OPENING: WE SHALL NOT BE MOVED:
THOMAS B. MORTON’S 30 YEAR PHOTOGRAPHIC CHRONICLE OF ODUNDE

Lois FernandezOn the second Sunday of every June, the ODUNDE African American festival draws 400,000+ people to streets near the foot of the South Street bridge. A procession to the Schuylkill, offerings to Oshun, a day of performances by a wide range of African-centered artists, an African marketplace, and many kinds of reunions are central to the day, which is now deeply knit into community life. On this 30th anniversary of ODUNDE, the photographs of Thomas B. Morton and the comments of founder Lois Fernandez mark the endurance of ODUNDE, its significant role in claiming the right of cultural self-definition and heritage, and its ongoing struggle for the right to gather annually in what was once an historic African American neighborhood.

May 14, 2005, 9 AM – 3 PM, PFP/735 S. 50th St.
EXHIBITION OPEN HOUSE:
WE SHALL NOT BE MOVED: THOMAS B. MORTON’S 30 YEAR PHOTOGRAPHIC CHRONICLE OF ODUNDE

May 22, 2005
, 2 PM, Indre Studios, 1418 S. Darien St. (between 8th and 9th, off Reed), Philadelphia, $10
Germaine Ingram: Philadelphia Tap Dance
An afternoon of choreographed, semi-improvised and improvised tap dance, in collaboration with stellar jazz musicians. Part of our Art Happens Here residency series.



OTHER ON-GOING PFP PROGRAMS:

ART HAPPENS HERE
These public programs are collaborations with folk and traditional artists and grassroots community groups aim to sustain alternative and significant vernacular traditions. Artists introduce work in progress, or developed during residencies. If you are a Philadelphia-area community-based folk or traditional artist, let us know about your project by writing a letter (or e-mail pfp@folkloreproject.org), or attend a workshop, above.

TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE
We offer hands-on classes to help grassroots traditional artists and organizations successfully compete for grants opportunities, to get resources into our communities, and to sustain significant folk arts traditions locally. Information about specific grant programs is available. Free but RSVPs requested.

TRAVELING EXHIBITIONS
We loan six traveling photo exhibitions on local folk art. Rental rates are modest (and free to sites serving low-income communities.) Call us for info or visit the exhibitions here.

FOLK ARTS EDUCATION
Folk Arts and Multicultural Education (FAME) is our arts education program, currently including on-going residencies in which traditional artists work with young people in public schools and community sites. Residency artists currently include masters of African, African American, Chinese, Cambodian, and Lebanese dance and music. For more information about our FAME program, or to inquire about being a FAME site or artist, click here.

LOCAL KNOWLEDGE PROJECT
This year, PFP is documenting folk arts relating to displacement: including arts and stories of gentrification and loss of home right here, as well as war and immigration from a previous homeland. Part of our new project on local knowledge, work will result in a series of programs.We are interested in talking to people about places that are significant— in your current neighborhood, or in your memory.

MEDIA & PUBLICATIONS: STAY TUNED!
Walking on solid ground is PFP’s new PFP children’s book, with three traditional artists sharing their perspectives on their art, the ethics and values and their community. Two new videos (I choose to stay here, and Plenty of Good Women Dancers) are also just released. And we're working on a new documentary with klezmer musicians Elaine Hoffman Watts and Susan Watts. To learn more.

For information about past PFP programs.