In the Field

Travel around Philadelphia with PFP to learn about how folk arts are at work strengthening our communities.

Current Initiatives

By Sam Calhoun, Intern

The Philadelphia Folklore Project recently commenced work with the Indonesian community, concentrated in South Philadelphia, around the practice of traditional music and dance through the Gamelan Angklung Workshop. On Wednesday, October 2nd, 2019, the Gamelan Angklung Project was off to a great start! 


Past Initiatives

Local Knowledge Project: Folklore and Self-Knowledge. Here are a series of bibliographies, articles and links related to PFP's 2005 project exploring ways that individuals and communities preserve critical and alternative understandings.

(February 1, 2005) The Philadelphia Folklore Project announces, in honor of ODUNDE's 30th Anniversary and Art Sanctuary's 21st Annual Celebration of Black Writing, an afternoon gathering of folklorists and storytellers, sharing stories and conversation.

September 21, 2007. Philadelphia, PA - The Philadelphia Folklore Project presents tap dancers Germaine Ingram and Ensemble, and Flamenco del Encuentro: two percussive dance ensembles. Two premieres will be performed in a dance concert on Saturday, December 8th at the Painted Bride Art Centerin Philadelphia (8:00 PM: $20).

"Moving chronicle of one family's life in music. A rare glimpse, touched with humor, of how a musical tradition was held in trust." - Barbara Kirshenblatt-Gimblett

"Drummer Elaine Hoffman Watts is still smoothly rolling on a snare in her eighth decade." - David Stampone, Philadelphia Inquirer