Our galleries showcase local folk and traditional arts - vernacular and alternative expression. We are open September - June on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 2 - 7 and by appointment. FREE. Tours also available by appointment (donations encouraged): 215.726.1106
We Cannot Keep Silent
In December 2009, dozens of Asian immigrant students boycotted their high school and launched a civil rights campaign around a district's responsibility to provide a safe educational climate. Asian Americans United and partners curate an exhibit featuring voices from a campaign that sought educational justice in a school struggling with violence and racial discord. Featuring photographs by Harvey Finkle and Kathy Shimizu. The exhibit will be open through March 2013. We Cannot Keep Silent was developed as a Folk Arts and Social Change residency at PFP.
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 radical 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. (Read more)
Virtual Exhibits Take a virtual tour of some of the art traditions that make Philadelphia's communities vital. Originally curated as actual exhibitions, the virtual shows are presented here in various formats. Click below to read full exhibition texts with images. Or lauch the exhibition viewer above for a slide show of images with brief captions.