TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE WORKSHOPS
Hands-on workshops for grassroots artists and cultural heritage workers, aiming to get resources into our communities, build skills, and encourage mutual support. Always FREE but limited space. Always held at PFP office, 735 S. 50th Street, 10 AM - Noon. RSVPS 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: ARTIST STATEMENTS & WORK SAMPLES
Focus on basic elements of applications, with hands-on practice. How do you explain what you do (to people who have no idea where you come from!) How do you make wise choices for work samples? (Hands-on: Bring your work samples and statements to share).
DROP IN SESSION
Bring your draft proposal in for feedback, or stop in for one-on-one help. First come, first-served.
ARTIST SALONS, WORKSHOPS AND BROADCASTS
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.
September 14 (7 PM)
VISITING SCHOLAR: RUTH STONE / Liberian Music
Noted ethnomusicologist Dr. Ruth Stone will visit, to talk about her 1st return trip to Liberia in 18 years and the state of Liberian traditional music. (For context, we'll share clips from last spring's African Song / New Contexts concert featuring local Liberian singers).
November 14 (6 PM)
Walk through the exhibition with some of the women depicted! Reservations only. (Other tours scheduled: please call for details).
DANCE WORKSHOPS: tap and flamenco
$5 (reservations through PFP: 215.726.1106)
Dance workshops will highlight choreography from the evening’s performance.
10:30 - 11:45: tap dance with Germaine Ingram
Noon - 1:15: flamenco with Antonio Hidalgo and Anna Rubio
(Workshops held at Painted Bride Art Center, 230 Vine Street.
(percussive) dance happens here
December 8: 8 PM
Painted Bride Art Center., Phila.
Tickets $20 / $15 PFP members / $8 students/seniors
PFP presents Flamenco del Encuentro and jazz tap artists Germaine Ingram and Ensemble, two companies that consistently challenge the notion of tradition as static, pushing percussive dance in fabulous directions. Each explores the relationship between dance and live accompaniment and the exciting play between set choreography and improvisation. Ingram and Ensemble will premiere a work danced to a composition by local jazz great Tyrone Brown. Flamenco del Encuentro will showcase work by renowned choreographer Inmaculada Ortega and will feature guest dancer Antonio Hidalgo from Spain. Post show Q&A.
Our galleries showcase local folk and traditional arts—vernacular and alternative expression. Open by chance or appointment. Tours are also available by appointment (donations encouraged).
September 28 (5:30 - 7:30 PM)
OPENING CELEBRATION: ALL THAT WE DO: CONTEMPORARY WOMEN, TRADITIONAL ARTS. This exhibition of photographs by James Wasserman documents aspects of the experiences and artistry of close to a dozen women – mothers and daughters of various cultures practicing diverse folk and traditional arts in Philadelphia now. The exhibition, curated by Toni Shapiro-Phim and the women themselves, complicates what is sometimes a one-dimensional picture of “traditions” and those who choose to (against all odds) learn, practice, and teach them in the 21st century. Each of the featured women artists is groundbreaking in her own way, juggling a push at conventions while respecting canons, or balancing a life-long dedication to learning a cultural practice while isolated from other such practitioners, or campaigning for constructive, positive self-imagery in the face of racism and other oppressions.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org), 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. To learn more.