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Here at the Philadelphia Folklore Project, we are committed to paying attention to the experiences and traditions of "ordinary" people. Our focus is to build critical folk cultural knowledge, sustain vital and diverse living cultural heritage in communities in our region, and create equitable processes and practices for nurturing local grassroots arts and humanities.... more


PFP's membership campaign continues! Help sustain community-based folk arts in these hard times, and as PFP begins our 27th year! We invite (and need) your help. Join online or the old-fashioned way (at any amount).

PFP is on Folkstreams. PFP's documentaries are now available on this website which streams folklife videos. Watch Eatala, Plenty of Good Women Dancers, and Look Forward and Carry on the Past: Stories from Philadelphia's Chinatown. Check back as our other films are added. A great resource!

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Resources: We're writing about why we do what we do. PFP Director Debora Kodish gave a plenary talk at the meeting of the American Folklore Society (2012) and it was published this past fall. Read it, and other recent essays here. Or browse our magazines, available as pdfs. Send us your feedback!


is set for June 7, 2014. Support PFP by becoming an event sponsor, advertiser, or ticket-holder! Be part of a special moment, as Selina Morales takes over as Director, and as founding Director Debora Kodish steps down. Honor Folk Arts and Social Change Awardees Nana Korantema Ayeboafo and Elaine Hoffman Watts. Hear the Liberian Women's Chorus for Change and dance with Kulu Mele African Dance and Drum Ensemble. And enjoy good food and an open bar. How can you miss this great party? Buy tickets and sponsorships through our store. Email or call (215.726.1106) if you want to help.

The Liberian Women's Chorus for Change, renowned musicians, perform traditional and newly-composed songs to inspire dialogue and action around gender violence. "Like" their Facebook page to stay in touch.

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Exhibition Now Open
Over the last 60+ years, Philadelphia has witnessed a revolution in cultural traditions that has changed lives, and opened unimagined possibilities. This exhibition, highlighting African and African-sourced dance and drumming in our city, includes an altar dedicated to individuals who paved the way for much of today's local African-rooted artistry. A PFP Folk Arts and Social Change residency, developed in collaboration with the Community Education Center and Philadelphia-based African drummers and dancers. All welcome. Visit Tuesdays 10 AM - 7 PM and by appointment. Free. Questions: 215.726.1106 or

Bill and Miriam Crawford's actual dining room - four walls collaged with 40 years of social change memorabilia - is a permanent exhibition at PFP. Now, listen online to audio recordings from Crawford family and friends. . .