Program Archives: Fall 2000

September 9, 2000
Lantern procession starts at 6:30 PM at Asian Americans United (AAU), 913 Arch St. Performances start at 7:30 PM at Holy Redeemer Church, 9th and Vine Sts.

Performances including Oliver Nie and Sifu Shu Pui Cheung and their students from PFP/AAU residencies, the Philadelphia Chinese Opera Company, and a wide range of community artists from youth to elders. Lanterns, games and activities for children, and information about the struggle to save Chinatown and stop the stadium. Admission: free (contributions encouraged).

The city's plan to build a stadium in Chinatown is the latest threat to this significant neighborhood. Chinatown's struggle is all of our struggle: How can we make choices about development that invest in the unique character and cultures of our many neighborhoods, and that respond to community needs? The Mid-Autumn Festival is a visible demonstration of Chinatown's diverse and powerful community and arts. Begun by AAU immigrant youth in 1995, the annual event has become a vehicle for cultural maintenance, intergenerational connection and community unity. With this festival as a catalyst, artists have begun to come forward, both to offer their services as performers, and to ask for assistance to find ways to pass traditions on to the children of the community. PFP and AAU are collaborating to support these aims. For more information about Asian Americans United, an organization committed to organizing Asian American communities and intervening in the process of cultural stripping, call 215.925.1538

The presentation of Oliver Nie was made possible in part by a grant from Dance Advance, a grant program administered by the Philadelphia Dance Alliance and funded by the Pew Charitable Trusts. For more information about PFP "Dance Happens Here" and "Art Happens Here" programs investing in community-based arts, call us: 215.726.1106.

Technical Assistance Workshop: Best Foot Forward
Video Review Session

Saturday, November 11, 2000
10 AM to 1 PM
at the University of the Arts
Communications Program, Terra Building, 11th Floor
211 South Broad Street, Philadelphia
$15 admission/ $10 PFP members
Fee includes lunch

How do you look on video? Video samples are essential tools for dancers and dance companies working in community, vernacular or culturally-specific traditions. An effective five minute video segment is often more compelling and illustrative than a five page narrative. Well prepared support materials can be catalysts for grant dollars, opportunities and performance prospects. A distinguished panel will review and discuss video samples, submitted in advance by workshop attendees. Workshop reviewers will consider these questions: What role does the technical quality of your video sample play in a funding review process? How can folk and traditional dancers educate reviewers about their art form? Which elements of a dancer's repertoire best showcase her/his community-based art form? How do others experience you on video?

Artists interested in having their video sample reviewed should submit a pre-registration form to PFP via fax or mail by October 20, 2000. Call PFP at 215.726.1106 for pre-registration forms.

Workshop reviewers are Barry Bergey, Division Coordinator, Folk and Traditional Arts, Literature, Theater and Music Theater Programs, National Endowment for the Arts; Katrina Hazzard-Donald, Associate Professor of Sociology, Rutgers-Camden, and Sally Sommer, Associate Professor, Dance Program, Duke University.

All workshop attendees will receive information about prospective funding sources, as well as criteria for inclusion in PFP's technical assistance programs, services, and web resources.

This program is made possible in part through the NEA's Folk Arts Infrastructure Initiative in partnership with the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts and the Institute for Cultural Partnerships, the Golden Rule Foundation, and Dance Advance (a grant program funded by The Pew Charitable Trusts and administered by the Philadelphia Dance Alliance).

Special thanks to the program's co-sponsor, the University of the Arts, Communications Program!

Traveling Exhibitions

ODUNDE African American Festival: 20 Years on South Street
This fall, our ODUNDE photo show is touring New Jersey thanks to a grant from the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation. For information about booking exhibitions, call us: 215.726.1106.

August 7-29
Little Egg Harbor Branch, Ocean County Library
290 Mathistown Rd.
Little Egg Harbor, NJ
609.294.1197 FREE

September 7-27
Berkeley Branch, Ocean County Library
30 Station Road
Bayville, New Jersey

October 4-27
Brick Branch, Ocean County Library
301 Chambers Bridge Road
Brick, New Jersey

November 3-28
Lakewood Branch, Ocean County Library
301 Lexington Avenue
Lakewood, New Jersey

Plenty of Good Women Dancers: African American Women Hoofers from Philadelphia

October 15-November 25
Hayti Heritage Center, St. Joseph's Historic Foundation
804 Old Fayetteville St.
Durham, North Carolina 27701
919.683.1709 (