Program Archives: Past PFP Programs - Fall 2005


September 24, 2 -5 PM
OPEN HOUSE & DEDICATION. The official opening of our new home was wonderful! The event included a ceremony featuring Linda Goss, Germaine Ingram, and the Kulu Mele African American Dance Ensemble. It was a chance for us to thank the many people who made this new home possible, and a chance for many of you to see our new place. FREE. rsvp: 215.726.1106. (We're open first Saturdays and by appointment or chance. We look forward to seeing you.)


First Saturdays: October 1, NovembeMiriam & Bill Crawfordr 5, December 3: 10 AM - 1 PM
IF THESE WALLS COULD TALK…THE WILLIAM & MIRIAM CRAWFORD DINING ROOM. 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 in our new home, the dining room chronicles four decades of a family’s political life, recording 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. Exhibition also open by appointment: 215.726.1106

First Saturdays: October 1, November 5, DecembeLois Fernandezr 3: 10 AM - 1 PM
WE SHALL NOT BE MOVED: THOMAS B. MORTON’S 30 YEAR CHRONICLE OF ODUNDE. On 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 event, 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. Exhibition also open by appointment: 215.726.1106


September 28 : Noon - 2 PM
PENNSYLVANIA CULTURAL DATA PROJECT. Help with filling out computer forms required by some funders. Come in, use our machines, help one another. FREE but limited spaces: you MUST rsvp at 215.726.1106.

October 1: 10 AM - Noon
FOLK ARTS GRANT-WRITING 101. An intro to folk arts-friendly funding opportunities in the Philadelphia area. Get an overview of upcoming deadlines. Leave with a plan! FREE but limited spaces: you MUST rsvp at 215.726.1106.

October 6: 5:30 - 6 PM
LEEWAY GRANTS FOR WOMEN & CHANGE. An intro to the grant program of this local funder. FREE but limited spaces: you MUST rsvp at 215.726.1106.

November 12: 10 AM - Noon
FOLK ARTS IN EDUCATION ROSTER WORKSHOP. Prepare to apply for the roster of the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts (PCA). Learn about the application process. RSVPs required.

December 10: 10 AM - Noon
FOLK ARTS GRANT-WRITING 102. Hands-on coaching. Take the next step at moving a grant application forward. Hands-on practice at writing narratives and building budgets. Review of what you will need for spring deadlines. RSVPs required.

January 14: 10 AM - Noon
FOLK ARTS GRANTS: NARRATIVES & BUDGETS. Hands-on coaching at basic elements of grant-writing. RSVPs required.

March 11: 10 AM - Noon
FOLK ARTS GRANTS WORKSHOP: WORK SAMPLES AND ARTIST STATEMENTS - Part 1. 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.

April 8: 10 AM - Noon


October 15: 3 - 5 PM
VIDEO SCREENING: I choose to stay here. View the documentary about the city “takings” of private homes, then talk with members of Commnity Leadership Insitute  about the fight for sustainable communities. FREE

October 27: 7 PM
VIDEO SCREENING: ELAINE & SUSAN WATTS: WOMEN MAKE KLEZMER. Watch the video postcard (3 minutes!) about the women who carry on Philadelphia’s Hoffman family klezmer music tradition, and talk with the artists about their work and their distinctly local klezmer sound.

November 13: 3 PM POSTPONED
MOGAUWANE MAHLOELE: CD RELEASE PARTY. Get a first listen to this South African musician’s new CD, “Mountains never move, but their shadows do.”

December 4: 3 PM
ZAYE TÉTÉ: LIBERIAN SONG. Listen to Liberian music from a wonderful singer and share songs and stories with her.

& more. . .

Workdays and gardening

BLANCHE EPPS: HERITAGE GARDENING. Join our gardening crew, and learn from master gardener Epps about plants that are not what you’ll find at the supermarket.  Come make our garden grow!  Call or email: schedules change with the weather.

Publications: ODUNDE calendar now available! To celebrate ODUNDE’s 30th birthday, PFP helped ODUNDE produce an 18 month wall calendar with Tom Morton’s photos. Get yours! $10.

Looking forward:

SAVE THE DATE: May 26-27, 2005
DANCE HAPPENS HERE. A weekend of dance performances & master classes with stellar artists Germaine Ingram (tap), Thavro Phim (Cambodian masked dance) and Kulu Mele (West African).



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, or attend a workshop, above.

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.

We loan 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 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.

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.

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 mini-documentary with klezmer musicians Elaine Hoffman Watts and Susan Watts. To learn more.

For information about past PFP programs.