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Events: Spring 2015 Calendar

ONGOING

Our galleries showcase local folk and traditional arts - vernacular and alternative expression. We accept community proposals for Folk Arts and Social Change residencies and work collaboratively to develop exhibitions and public programs at PFP. OPEN Tuesdays from 2 PM - 7 PM and by appointment. FREE: Donations appreciated. To learn more: 215.726.1106, or email to join our listserve. Download a full copy of our spring 2014 calendar here.

TIBETANS IN PHILADELPHIA
Weekly, many Philadelphia Tibetans gather for “Tibetan Sunday School,” sharing Tibetan language, songs and stories with their children. Monthly, they participate in Lhakar, strategic non-violent resistance buttressing Tibetan cultural practices in the face of oppression in their homeland. Annually, they celebrate the Dalai Lama’s birthday through ritual and a community pot-luck. This exhibition highlights commitments to community and culture. Co-curated with the Tibetan Association of Philadelphia.

IF THESE WALLS COULD TALK: WILLIAM and MIRIAM CRAWFORD'S DINING ROOM (Exhibition)
Bill and Miriam Crawford's actual dining room walls are 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. Reinstalled at PFP, the dining room records the Crawfords' involvement in the Communist party, civil rights, Black Power, and anti-war movements, the "Stop Rizzo" campaign, and more. Like an elaborate, oversized scrapbook, the walls seamlessly mix political memorabilia with favorite images of African American literary and musical figures, popular culture, and photos of old friends. Each piece has a story. Also featuring audio recordings from the Crawford's extended family.

THE LIBERIAN WOMEN’S CHORUS FOR CHANGE
The Liberian Women’s Chorus for Change inspires awareness and dialogue about domestic violence and other concerns of the local Liberian community through traditional song and stories. Throughout the spring and summer, these exceptional singers and dancers will be performing for Philadelphia’s Liberians at various sites, and networking with local social service agencies and activists to connect people with resources so as to foster individual and community strength and dignity.
Be sure to check out the Liberian Women’s Chorus for Change in concert at International House, 3701 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia, on March 6th at 7:30 PM. Presented by Intercultural Journeys. Like their Facebook page to stay in touch.

KEEPERS OF THE CULTURE
1st Thursdays: 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
Monthly meetings of the region's Afrocentric storytelling organization. For information, call 215.667.8009.

JANUARY - JUNE

LEEWAY APPLICANT SUPPORT SESSION
February 9, 2 PM - 7 PM
The Leeway Foundation offers grants for women and trans artists creating art for social change. March 1st is their next grant deadline. Stop by PFP for a session with Leeway program staff: no appointment necessary. To make the most of your visit, read the guidelines beforehand (www.leeway.org). You may also bring a draft application for feedback. For info, call Leeway: 215.545.4078

PEACEBUILDING AND TRADITIONAL ARTS: A FORUM
March 21, 2:30 PM - 5 PM
The Performance Garage, 1515 Brandywine St, Philadelphia
Join Dr. Cynthia Cohen of Brandeis University's Peacebuilding and the Arts initiative for a screening of the documentary, Acting Together on the World Stage. A discussion of the place of traditional and folk arts practice in reconciliation, anti-violence and peacebuilding work in Philadelphia and beyond with members of the Liberian Women's Chorus for Change and other local artists and activists will follow. RSVP here or by calling: 215-726-1106

TIBETANS IN PHILADELPHIA: EXHIBITION OPENING
April 11, 4 PM - 6 PM
Weekly, many Philadelphia Tibetans gather for “Tibetan Sunday School,” sharing Tibetan language, songs and stories with their children. Monthly, they participate in Lhakar, strategic non-violent resistance buttressing Tibetan cultural practices in the face of oppression in their homeland. Annually, they celebrate the Dalai Lama’s birthday through ritual and a community pot-luck. This exhibition highlights commitments to community and culture. Co-curated with the Tibetan Association of Philadelphia.

LOSANG SAMTEN: TIBETAN MANDALA ARTIST-IN-RESIDENCE
April 13 - 17, 2 PM - 7 PM daily
April 19, 1 PM Dismantling
Award-winning mandala artist Losang Samten returns for his annual residency, creating an image of the universe in colored sand over the course of a week. Stop by to observe, and to speak with Losang about his process and the stories and messages embedded in this art of Tibet, his homeland. On Sunday, April 19th, Losang will preside over a dismantling ceremony during which the mandala is swept into a glass vase, and then transported to a body of water, where the sand is returned to nature. All are invited to accompany Losang to the Schuylkill River Banks after the ceremony at our office.

WHERE DOES MY STORY BEGIN?
May 16, 3 PM - 4:30 PM
Storyteller Denise Valentine has been on a journey to unravel the complicated threads of her family’s history, examining tales told generation-to-generation alongside DNA evidence and written records. Come listen to Denise recount her adventures looking into her great-great-grandfather’s experience as an enslaved man in South Carolina. This program is presented by Linda Goss and made possible by Friends of the Artists.

PFP 28th BIRTHDAY BASH
June 6, 6 PM- 9 PM
Painted Bride Art Center, 230 Vine Street, Philadelphia
Folk Arts and Social Change Awards to local visionaries and artists. Great food, drink and company. Save the date! Become an event sponsor and invest in PFP's future! Call 215.726.1106 for more information or Buy Tickets Here! Sponsored by PECO.

APPRENTICESHIP GRANT-WRITING WORKSHOPS
June 11 and 25 & July 9
4 PM - 7 PM
The PA Council on the Arts offers grants (8/1/15 deadline) supporting close work between a master and an apprentice in the folk arts. Workshops walk you through the process of preparing an application. RSVP: 215.726.1106

OTHER ON-Going PROGRAMS

Folk Arts Education
We run critical folk arts education programs by developing resources for educators and offering on-going residencies in which traditional artists work with young people at the Folk Arts - Cultural Treasures Charter School (which we helped Asian Americans United to found). Residency artists include masters of diverse local cultural traditions - African American, Chinese, Cambodian, Vietnamese, and Liberian dance and music. At the Folk Arts Cultural Treasures Charter School, we are also involved in developing folk arts education curricula, standards and programs. For more information about our Folk Arts Education program, view our Education section.

Media and Publications
We develop documentary resources to widen the public record about local folk arts and issues. (Browse some examples here). Our long-running magazine, children's books, books and exhibition catalogs, and documentary videos and DVDs are on our list. Purchases of our publications help to support PFP efforts.