Program Archives: Spring 2001

South 7th Street Chol Chhnam Khmer Ning Lao Cambodian and Lao New Year Celebration
April 21, 2001
South 7th and Wolf Streets
10 AM to 7 PM with afternoon performances and processions (between Jackson & Wolf Streets)
Organized by the United Cambodian American Network, the Lao Association of Greater Philadelphia, the South Philadelphia Family Center, and Asian Americans United

New Year is one of the largest celebrations in Philadelphia's Cambodian communities, with celebrations occurring every weekend in April in different Philadelphia neighborhoods. South 7th Street will be the site for a day-long event, starting with religious ceremonies, community meals, and other observances. Performances will begin about noon with a traditional Cambodian parade called "trott", in which singers and dancers go from door to door in the community to bring luck for the new year. Also featured will be Cambodian and Lao folk and classical dance performed by Chamroeun Yin and young people from the neighborhood, as well as music, social dance, traditional games and festivities involving the whole community. All are welcome. For more information, call 215.468.7099.

Leendavy Koung and Chamroeun Yin are teaching and performing through our Asian Arts Happen Here! and Dance Happens Here programs, collaborations with Asian Americans United and the South Philadelphia Family Center, and supported by grants from the Rockefeller Foundation and Dance Advance (funded by the Pew Charitable Trusts and administered by the Philadelphia Dance Alliance). Additional support for our FAME (Folk Arts and Multicultural Education) residency program comes from the Office of Language Equity Issues of the Philadelphia School District, Stockton Rush Bartol Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, Independence Foundation, and the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts.

Technical Assistance and Community Programs

Grants Workshops for Artists and Community Groups
Hands-on workshops to help folk and culturally-rooted artists and grassroots organizations learn how to successfully compete for upcoming grants opportunities. A limited number of spaces are available for each session. RSVPs required at 215.726.1106. All workshops occur at the Philadelphia Folklore Project office, 735 South 50th Street.

January 8
3 - 5 PM
For schools and community sites interested in hosting artist residencies

January 20
1-3 PM
For organizations: planning folk arts projects

February 10
1-3 PM
For artists: roster and residency opportunities

March 24
1-3 PM
For artists: fellowships and apprenticeship opportunities

Folk Arts and Multicultural Education (FAME) is our arts education program, currently including on-going residencies in which traditional artists are working with 120 young people in public schools and community sites; youth dance and drum ensembles reaching more than 2,000 people per year are resulting from these residencies. Residency artists currently include masters of African and African American percussion and dance traditions, Chinese folk and lion dance, Cambodian folk and court dance, and more. For more information about our FAME program, and to inquire about being a FAME site or artist, call the office.

Voices and Dialogues
April 5, 2001
3:30-6 PM
7th and Fairmount Streets
Parking available

This spring, PFP staff and residency artists will be featured at the Philadelphia School District Office of Curriculum Support's Voices and Dialogues program. The event is open to the public, and will coincide with our re-release of our book In my heart, I am a dancer.

Traveling Exhibitions

We offer six traveling photo exhibitions on the folk arts of our region, now booking for 2001-2. They are modestly priced (and free to organizations serving low-income communities).

February 1 - June 1
Artists in Exile
Mon - Fri 10-6, Sat - Sun 12-2
The Paul Robeson House
Managed by the West Philadelphia Cultural Alliance
4951 Walnut St.,

April 15 - May 28
Hayti Heritage Center
St. Joseph's Historic Foundation
804 Old Fayetteville St.
Durham, North Carolina