Folklife Center

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In 2010 we began a Folklife Project at Perkins Center, engaging Folklorist Thomas Carroll to travel, meet, and document the many and diverse communities and ethnic groups throughout Burlington, Camden, and Gloucester counties. From Mr. Carroll’s fieldwork, we’re excited to learn more about individuals and groups within our region, their history and culture, and to provide that information to the community.  We will also be seeking opportunities for this knowledge to inform and become an integral part of our programming at Perkins Center.

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Follow us, as our new Folklife Center Director, Karen Abdul-Malik continues the exploration of the rich and treasured folklife traditions in Burlington, Camden, and Gloucester Counties.  Check back often as we continue to engage communities by conducting fieldwork, expanding our Blog, building our SJ Folklife Internet Resource Center, and  preparing our interactive 2018 Exhibition, Tastefully South Jersey.

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Tastefully South Jersey

Tastefully South Jersey Workshop Series and Exhibition is supported by the New Jersey State Council on the Arts.  This project is an exploration into folk art and culture through the lens of food traditions primarily in Burlington, Gloucester, and Camden Counties.  It developed out of the recognition of our shared belief in the value of diversity in our State, which is one of our most significant and valuable characteristics. We invite you to learn more about this project now and as it continues to develop.

The project is designed to present a series of workshops and classes in 2018 that foster dialogue around the intersection of food and family values, communal ethos,  health and sustainable communities. The culminating event is an eight-week long exhibition at Perkins Center for the Arts in the Collingswood Gallery that will blend the shared traditions of storytelling, healing arts, visual arts, song and music concerts with food folklore.   The three county engagement celebrates diverse food arts and food through African American (Southern, Caribbean influence, West African influence), Eastern European (Polish, Ukrainian, Turkish) and Latin (Mexican, Peruvian, Guatemalan) communities. The program engages local partnerships from planning to implementation. The fieldwork and collaborations include farmers markets, artists and practitioners, community organizations, local businesses and community culture keepers.

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395 Kings Highway
Moorestown, NJ 08057
Phone: 856.235.6488
Toll Free: 800.387.5226
Fax: 856.235.6624

30 Irvin Ave
Collingswood, NJ 08108
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Toll Free: 800.387.5226
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