Program Archives: Winter/Spring 2006

JOIN US FOR WINTER/SPRING 2006 PFP EVENTS:

GRANTS & TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE WORKSHOPS
FREE but limited spaces: you MUST RSVP: 215.726.1106

January 14, 2006
10 AM - Noon
FOLK ARTS GRANT-WRITING: BUDGET & NARRATIVES. Learn to describe who you are and what you want to do in a compelling proposal. Then, practice balancing your project budget.

February 11
10 AM - Noon
FOLK ARTS-FRIENDLY GRANTS. An overview of upcoming deadlines for some funding opportunities. Leave with a plan!

March 11
10 AM - Noon
WORK SAMPLES. How does your work look to decision-makers? Bring samples (slides, videos, or tapes) and get feedback and help. Ethnomusicologist and experienced folk arts program officer and panelist Dr. Terry Liu will be here, to review work. (Please call for details about what to bring.)

April 8
10 AM - Noon
ARTISTS' STATEMENTS & MORE. How do you write about yourself effectively?

May 13
10 AM - Noon
SUMMER GRANT DEADLINES. Take the next step towards upcoming PCA Fellowships and Apprenticeships, Leeway, 5-County Grants, and more.

June 10
10 AM - Noon
FOLK ARTS GRANTS WORKSHOP. Hands-on coaching. RSVPs required.

ARTIST SALONS
Spend time with local traditional artists. Intimate performances and behind-the-scenes conversations about what it takes to sustain alternative cultural traditions, or to push through barriers. FREE (donations appreciated)

February 12
3 PM
LOIS FERNANDEZ
Hear perspectives on 30 years of struggles for cultural equity from the founder and guiding force of ODUNDE, and get a guided tour of our ODUNDE photo exhibition before it closes.

March 19
3 PM
CAROL FINKLE
An activist for deaf culture, Finkle has begun documenting her own story, and the history of deaf culture in the region.

April 23
3 PM
FATU GAYFLOR
Listen to the songs and stories of this wonderful and world-renowned Liberian singer, known as "the golden voice of Liberia."

May 6
10 AM
SUZANNE POVSE
Stories from the shop floor, from a woman who has worked for 28 year in a non-traditional job - for most of these years as a top skilled tool-and-die-maker. 

June 11
3 PM
JOE TAYOUN
Music and reflections on Lebanese musical heritage and decades of Middle Eastern music in Philadelphia.

Miriam & Bill CrawfordEXHIBITIONS
Open 1st Saturdays 10 AM - 1 PM & by appointment
IF THESE WALLS COULD TALK. . . .
THE WILLIAM AND MIRIAM CRAWFORD 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)


Lois FernandezThrough February 28
WE SHALL NOT BE MOVED:
THOMAS B. MORTON'S 30 YEAR PHOTOGRAPHIC 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 day, 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.

OPENING April 28
5:30 - 8 PM Opening
1st Saturdays 10 AM - 1 PM & by appointment
COMMUNITY FABRIC: GROUP SHOW
An exhibition of hand-made textiles in many traditions, exploring how heritage and culture are used today in Philadelphia. Who claims a connection to (what) culture? How is tradition and heritage visible in craft, and significant to community? What threads of tradition do artists claim and reject? Artists are invited to submit up to 20 samples of work (slides, photos, or digital) for consideration, along with an application form (available from our office: 215.726.1106 or at www.folkloreproject.org.) Open to Philadelphia artists working in diverse ethnic, heritage, and community traditions: batik, quilting, weaving, needlework, crochet, applique, etc. Work will be on display at the Philadelphia Folklore Project through September 2006. Artists selected will be eligible for technical assistance and high-quality documentation of their work. Deadline for applications: February 15. (For application, click here.)

DANCE HAPPENS HERE

May 26 & 27
Performances at 7:30 PM: $10
FREE workshops & master classes on Saturday (TBA)
GERMAINE INGRAM
KULU MELE AFRICAN AMERICAN DANCE ENSEMBLE
THAVRO PHIM & AMATAK
At the Arts Bank
601 S. Broad Street
Two evenings of stellar performances by a three of the region's most interesting dancers working in traditional forms. Tap dancer Germaine Ingram continues her collaborations with award-winning jazz musicians. Thavro Phim and Amatak present a Philadelphia premiere of all-male masked dance-drama from Cambodia. Kulu Mele African American Dance Ensemble offers their latest work in West African and African Cuban forms. In addition, Ingram, Amatak and Kulu Mele will be giving free master classes open to all, during the day at the Arts Bank on Saturday, May 27th. Call for details: 215.726.1106.

OTHER ON-GOING PFP PROGRAMS

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 pfp@folkloreproject.org), or attend a workshop, above.

TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE
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.

TRAVELING EXHIBITIONS
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. For more information about our FAME program, or to inquire about being a FAME site or artist, click here.

LOCAL KNOWLEDGE PROJECT
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.

MEDIA & PUBLICATIONS: STAY TUNED!
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 new videos (Plenty of Good Women Dancers and I choose to stay here) are also just 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.


For information about past PFP programs.