Anna Rubio, Antonia Arias and Tito Rubio. Photo: James Wasserman

Program Archive: Programs (Winter 2009):

January 21
6 PM - 8 PM
KULU MELE IN GUINEA: TRAVEL STORIES

Dorothy Wilkie and Kulu Mele African Dance and Drum Ensemble share stories of their recent trip to Guinea, their experiences with artists there, and the dance they are making.

February 3
2 PM - 7 PM drop in
INFO SESSION: Leeway Foundation grants

Meet with representatives of the Leeway Foundation which offers grants to women and trans artists. Learn about their upcoming deadlines.

February 7
10 AM - 1 PM
OPEN HOUSE

Visit PFP exhibitions, and stop in to chat.

February 14
10 AM - Noon
TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE WORKSHOP: FOLK ARTS GRANT-WRITING 101

Workshop: 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! Limited seating: please rsvp 215.726.1106.

February 14
6 PM - Midnight / $100 includes dinner

Clef Club
736 S. Broad St.
BENEFIT: L. A. Banks / 12 Tribes Convene SUMMIT

To mark the end of her 12-book Vampire Huntress series, writer (and PFP Board member) Leslie Esdaile Banks is throwing a big party. Enjoy a sumptuous dinner and great performances: Sonia Sanchez, Kulu Mele African Dance and Drum Ensemble, The MidEast Ensemble, Shu Pui Cheung's Lion Dancers, lots of spoken word, R &B and more. Proceeds benefit the Folklore Project and Girls High! Info and tickets: www.neterutour.com

March 5, 12, 19, 26 (Thursdays in March)
4 PM - 6 PM
LINDA GOSS: In the House

Stop by on Thursdays to pass the time with storyteller Linda Goss. She is in residence this month, every Thursday afternoon. She'll be sharing stories about her recent research tracking down her own family stories. No formal program, just a chance to visit and share good talk.

March 7
10 AM - 1 PM
OPEN HOUSE

Visit PFP exhibitions, and stop in to chat.

March 14
10 AM - Noon
TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE WORKSHOP: "What Did We Agree On?"

When do artists need a contract? Learn the basics of protecting your interests when you're hired for a performance, residency, or demonstration. Limited seating: please rsvp 215.726.1106.

March 18
6 PM - 8 PM
DOCUMENTARY SCREENING: ELAINE WATTS, Philadelphia Klezmer

Preview the rough cut of our new documentary on this great musician and share your feedback.

April 4
10 AM - 1 PM
OPEN HOUSE

Visit PFP exhibitions, and stop in to chat.

April 6-10
CULTURE CAMPS

Weeklong camps for young people ages 8 - 18. Instruction in traditional dance, music and culture. Study Cambodian chayyam drumming, social and classical dance, and traditional games with Thavro Phim and Chamroeun Yin. Lessons in Liberian dance, music and cultural traditions with Kormassa Bobo, Fatu Gayflor, and Zaye Tete. Culminating community events open to all. Registration information and more details available in March.

May 2
10 AM - 1 PM
OPEN HOUSE

Visit PFP exhibitions, and stop in to chat.

May 9
10 AM - Noon
TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE WORKSHOP: SUMMER GRANT DEADLINES

Learn about and work on applications for projects, fellowships and apprenticeships in the folk and traditional arts. Limited seating: please rsvp 215.726.1106.

June 5
6 PM - 8 PM
ANNUAL BIRTHDAY PARTY

Celebrate another program season, and PFP's 22nd birthday at our annual gathering.

June 5
6 PM - 8 PM
ANNUAL BIRTHDAY PARTY and EXHIBITION OPENING:
TATREEZ: PALESTINIAN WOMEN'S EMBROIDERY IN PHILADELPHIA.

Making and sharing traditional needlework, stitching patterns belonging to villages that no longer exist, local Palestinian women artfully sustain heritage and community through the beauty of tatreez. Nehad Khader curates a new exhibition about the meanings of this art - the first in a new series of Community Folklife Documentation exhibitions at PFP curated by community members. And the centerpiece of PFP's 22nd birthday celebration. (PFP's Community Folklife Documentation Project is supported by The Pew Center for Arts and Heritage, through the Heritage Philadelphia Program, the National Endowment for the Arts, Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, and with the assistance of the Leeway Foundation). More...

June 6
10 AM - 1 PM
OPEN HOUSE

Drop by to see the new exhibition, Tatreez, and celebrate PFP's 22nd birthday at our final Open House of the season.

June 16
6 PM
PREVIEW SCREENING AND DISCUSSION: KULU MELE IN GUINEA

See a new video about Kulu Mele's development of the Mali Sadjo dance, based on their recent trip to Guinea. With panel discussion by Kulu Mele members and PFP staff. At Bryn Mawr Film Institute, 824 Lancaster Ave., Bryn Mawr. (Fee)

June 30
6 PM
TATREEZ WORKSHOP

Try your hand (or share your stitches) in a workshop with some of the women whose artistry is featured in our current exhibition of Palestinian needlework. Free. Limited spaces. Please rsvp: 215.726.1106

 

CONTINUING
IF THESE WALLS COULD TALK: WILLIAM AND MIRIAM CRAWFORD'S DINING ROOM.

Bill & Miriam CrawfordBill 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)



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.

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. 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.