GRANTS & TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE WORKSHOPS
Hands-on workshops on grant-writing for grassroots artists and cultural heritage workers trying to get resources into our communities. Always 2nd Saturdays 10 AM - Noon at PFP unless otherwise noted. FREE but limited space. RSVP required: 215.726.1106
FOLK ARTS GRANT-WRITING 101
Intro to folk arts-friendly funding opportunities in the Philadelphia area. Where can you go for funds to support your heritage arts efforts? Review upcoming deadlines and see what works for you. Leave with a plan!
FOLK ARTS GRANTS: BASIC ELEMENTS
Focus on basic elements of applications, and get hands-on practice. Learn how to explain what you do (to people who have no idea where you come from!)
WORK SAMPLES (& DOCUMENTING YOUR WORK)
Many grant programs require work samples: a few minutes of carefully selected video, audio, photos of your work. How do you do a good job of selecting evidences that represent you and your work? Morning session (10 AM - Noon): bring your samples (video, audio, photos) for review and critique. Noon -1 PM: Brown bag discussion about your documentation needs. (Bring your lunch!) 1 PM - 3 PM: How-To & Next Steps: Conversation with skilled media experts: tips and resources for improving your documentation. (Co-presented with Scribe Video Center).
March 12 (2 PM – 7 PM)
LEEWAY APPLICANT SUPPORT SESSION
Meet with representatives of the Leeway Foundation, and get help with their grant application process supporting women and trans artists working for social change. For more info, call Leeway: 215 545 4078
FOLK ARTS NARRATIVES & BUDGETS
Hands-on coaching at basic elements of grant-writing. How do you plan, undertake and describe a folk arts / heritage project in a narrative? How do you build a budget that enables you to do what you need to do? Begin developing your project and proposal at this session.
Review of your drafts for upcoming deadlines. Then, hands-on coaching at basic grant elements, with special focus on people working in folk & traditional arts. Take the next steps at moving along your project.
ARTIST SALONS, WORKSHOPS AND BROADCASTS
Salons and workshops offer behind-the-scenes conversations and hands-on workshops about what it takes to sustain alternative cultural traditions or push through barriers. FREE (donations always welcomed) and at PFP unless otherwise noted.
January 6 (11 AM - 1 PM)
ARTIST SALON: AYESHA RAHIM
Making exquisite crocheted hats (crowns) for decades, Ayesha Rahim is our guest at this special salon gathering. Time to watch this master craftswoman work, ask questions, and share your own stories about Ayesha and her hats. The salon is a chance to document Ayesha’s decades of inspired artistry: a collective thank you for bringing beauty into our lives and community. So we are calling crown-wearers! Wear (or bring) your treasured Ayesha Rahim crowns and share your stories! We’ll have cameras running.
February 3 (10 AM - 12 PM)
WHAT YOU GOT TO SAY: MAKE & TAKE WORKSHOP with ERIC JOSELYN
Back by popular demand! Another make-and-take workshop for activists and organizations. View examples of artistic/political tools on display in the current PFP exhibition, “What you got to say.” Then make art and artifacts to help take your message of positive change out to your community. LIMITED SPACE. Places by reservations only.
March 3 (10 AM – 12 PM)
ARTIST SALON: PANG XIONG SIRIRATHASUK SIKOUN, VERA NAKONECHNY & CHRISTINA JOHNSON
Women working in traditional arts for social change especially invited! A chance to meet others similarly engaged. Talk about traditional crafts and heritage arts, and how women have used these forms to build community, freedom, and self-sufficiency. Also: learn about funding opportunities for women and trans artists working for social change. This is a special outreach session sponsored by the Leeway Foundation.
April, May and June
DUTV (Cable channel 54)
VIDEO BROADCASTS: PLENTY OF GOOD WOMEN DANCERS
Turn your TV on! Watch PFP’s documentary about pioneering African American women tap dancers in the comfort of your own home! Broadcasts are 4/17 at 9 PM, 4/20 at 10 PM, 4/21 and 4/22 at 5 PM and midnight; 5/15 at 9 PM, 5/18 at 10 PM, 5/19 and 5/20 at 5 PM and midnight; 6/19 at 9 PM, 6/22 at 10 PM, 6/23 and 6/24 at 5 PM and midnight!)
May 5 (10 AM – 12 PM)
MAKE & TAKE WORKSHOP: NEEDLEWORK WITH PANG XIONG SIRIRATHASUK SIKOUN
View the exhibition of Hmong textiles on display and then learn to piece and sew your own reverse appliqué paj ntaub from Pang Xiong Sirirathasuk Sikoun. Hmong crafts will also be available for sale.
June 2 (1 PM – 5 PM)
20th Birthday Party Celebration & Open House
Join us for cake and celebration to mark 20 years here! Watch this space for more details!
Three remarkable African voices, in two concerts: one special evening of local artists sharing great music, both traditional and innovative. Featured are: Liberian singer Fatu Gayflor, renowned as a performer and recording artist throughout West Africa and the African diaspora, Zaye Tete, singer and dancer also formerly of Liberia's National Cultural Troupe, and Mogauwane Mahloele, award-winning South African singer, songwriter and instrumentalist, in a new collaboration with local jazz greats Tyrone Brown and Bobby Zankel. Learn more about the dynamic nature of these musical traditions in an audience discussion with participating artists and Dr. Ruth Stone, African music scholar, following the second show.
Tickets: 7:00 pm show (1 hour family show): general admission $12; $7 (children 12 and under, seniors); special reserved VIP seating (in advance only: $16). 9:00 pm show: $20 general admission, $15 (children, seniors), special reserved VIP seating (in advance only: $25). Tickets available through World Café Live www.worldcafelive.com, 215.222.1400, or box office at the address above. (Note: World Café charges a $4 processing fee for each ticket purchased with credit card. Tickets purchased with cash at the box office incur a $1 fee. Call PFP for special PFP member ticket prices: 215.726.1106).
Our galleries showcase local folk and traditional arts—vernacular and alternative expression. We are open October - June on first Saturdays from 10 AM to 1 PM and other times by chance or appointment. FREE. Tours are also available by appointment (donations encouraged).
February 9 (5:30 - 7:30 PM)
CLOSING CELEBRATION: WHAT YOU GOT TO SAY?
This exhibition of political art and artifacts by Eric Joselyn features political tools for social movements that fight for a more just society. Joselyn’s work has been seen in Philadelphia for decades, largely uncredited. He creatively contributed to literally hundreds of community efforts against racism and for justice including the "Stop the Name Change" coalition against renaming Delaware Avenue and the successful “No Stadium in Chinatown” campaign. PFP marks our 20th anniversary year by celebrating freedom of expression with a show of work by an artist practiced in supporting collective effort.
March 2 (5:30 - 7:30 PM)
OPENING CELEBRATION: WE TRY TO BE STRONG: 28 YEARS OF TEXTILES FROM THE WORKSHOP OF PANG XIONG SIRIRATHASUK SIKOUN
Since arriving in Philadelphia in 1979, Pang Xiong Sirirathasuk Sikoun has distinguished herself as a teacher, organizer, and advocate for Hmong peoples’ cultural heritage. Needlework (paj ntaub, story cloths, traditional clothes and artifacts) made by Pang and other women, connected through kinship and care, will be exhibited. Stitched over more than 28 years, the items on display offer a sampling of Hmong women’s artistry, and the place and utility of folk culture, in the face of war, displacement, resettlement, and home-making here.
CONTINUING (Open 1st Saturdays 10 AM - 1 PM & by appointment):
IF THESE WALLS COULD TALK: WILLIAM AND MIRIAM CRAWFORD'S DINING ROOM.
Bill 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)
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 email@example.com), or attend a workshop, above.
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 sample 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. Since opening our Folk Arts Cultural Treasures Charter School in collaboration with Asian Americans United, we are focusing on developing folk arts education curricula and programs there. For more information about our FAME program, or to inquire about being a FAME site or artist, click here.
LOCAL KNOWLEDGE PROJECT
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
Walking on solid ground is PFP's latest PFP children's book, with three traditional artists sharing their perspectives on their art, the ethics and values and their community. Two documentary videos/DVDS (Plenty of Good Women Dancers and I choose to stay here) are also among our titles. And we're working on a new mini-documentary with klezmer musicians Elaine Hoffman Watts and Susan Watts. Purchase of our publications helps support PFP efforts. Learn more.