Gamelan Gita Santi

In the summer of 2019, the Philadelphia Folklore Project commenced work with the Indonesian community, concentrated in South Philadelphia. The project is centered around the practice of traditional music and dance through the Gamelan Angklung Workshop taught by Tom Whitman and in partnership with Modero & Company, a Philadelphia-based Indonesian dance ensemble. This is a part of our Folk Arts and Social Change Residency program, designed to strengthen cultural traditions, create opportunities for people to explore and practice folk arts connecting past history and present issues, address underemployment of skilled traditional artists, and build bridges across generations and communities.