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Join us for free arts and cultural programming every Thursday from October through May at 10:00am.

Coffee & Classics: (Every 1st & 3rd Thursday) A series of musical performances by Perkins Conservatory faculty members.

Conversations on Culture: (Every 2nd Thursday) A series of culturally focused conversations designed to connect and introduce topics of interest in South Jersey.

Art Discovery Arts: (Every 4th Thursday) Art based programs designed for toddlers and PreK children and their grown-ups.

Each of these programs are free and open to the public thanks to the support of PNC Arts Alive.

 

 

 

 

 

Becoming American – Program Two

Program Two: Promise and Prejudice
Welcome to Shelbyville

Becoming American is an in depth series studying the immigration experience in America. This special six -week public programming event will feature a documentary film presentation and a moderated discussion led by Bill Westerman, PhD. The series is designed to encourage an informed discussion of immigration issues set against the backdrop of our immigration history.

Welcome To Shelbyville is a story set in a small town in the middle of “America’s Bible Belt”. Shelbyville undergoes a break neck demographic change and with it, the onslaught of issues of resulting from this new integration and the complex lives of the African American, Latino, White and Somali residents. Filmed during the 2008 Presidential election, the film captures the deeply complex lives of a small, culturally diverse, middle America town dealing with race and culture barriers and the efforts made to overcome them.

This important collaboration, made possible by a grant from City-Lore through the National Endowment for the Humanities:Exploring the Human Endeavor, the Folk Life Center at Perkins for the Arts and the Burlington County Library System, will shed great light on the history of immigration in our country and how it had impacted the culture of our ancestors as well as the communities we live in today.

For further information, please contact Karen Abdul-Malik, Director, Folk Life Center at the Perkins Center for the Arts 856 235 6488.

All programs are free, open to the public and will begin at 6:30PM.

Presented by:  Folk Life Center at Perkins for the Arts and BCLS
Location: Burlington County Library, Meeting Room

Becoming American – Program One

21 Feb 1935, Chicago, Illinois, USA — All cotton goods factories and shops workers in Chicago have been called on strike by the International Ladies’ Garment Workers’ Union, which claims a membership of 10,000 in the city, for higher wages and a $16 minimum. Pickets are shown above in front of a factory on market street, on the edge of downtown Chicago. — Image by © Bettmann/CORBIS

Program One: The Century of Immigration: 1820-1924

New York, A Documentary Film: Episode 4, The Power and the People | The Jewish Americans: Episode 2, A World of Their Own

Becoming American is an in depth series studying the immigration experience in America. This special six -week public programming event will feature a documentary film presentation and a moderated discussion led by Bill Westerman, PhD. The series is designed to encourage an informed discussion of immigration issues set against the backdrop of our immigration history.

This special event will begin with a screening of The Century of Immigration: 1820-1934 which provides a critical view of the study of immigration, looking at the reasons for and consequences of one of the peak periods of immigration. During this heightened period more than forty million immigrants were added to the population of the United States. This influx of cultural diversity helped to make immigration a major and defining aspect of American life. A guided discussion will explore the industrial expansion and how the need for inexpensive labor motivated major waves of immigration from all over the world. Topics such as the economic role of immigration, immigration and freedom, urbanization and the changes that impacted the social institutions that transformed America.

This important collaboration between the Folk Life Center at Perkins for the Arts and the Burlington County Library System will shed great light on the history of immigration in our country and how it had impacted the culture of our ancestors as well as the communities we live in today.

For further information, please contact Karen Abdul-Malik, Director, Folk Life Center at the Perkins Center for the Arts 856 235 6488.

This program is made possible by a grant from City-Lore through the National Endowment for the Humanities: Exploring the Human Endeavor and in cooperation with the Perkins Center for the Arts and the Burlington County Library System.

All programs are free, open to the public and will begin at 6:30PM.

Presented by:  Folk Life Center at Perkins for the Arts and BCLS
Location: Burlington County Library, Meeting Room

Becoming American Series

Becoming American is an in depth series studying the immigration experience in America. This special six -week public programming event will feature a documentary film presentation and a moderated discussion led by Bill Westerman, PhD. The series is designed to encourage an informed discussion of immigration issues set against the backdrop of our immigration history.

This important collaboration between the Folk Life Center at Perkins for the Arts and the Burlington County Library System will shed great light on the history of immigration in our country and how it had impacted the culture of our ancestors as well as the communities we live in today.

PROGRAM ONE: THE CENTURY OF IMMIGRATION: 1820-1924
September 17
-New York, A Documentary Film: Episode 4, The Power and the People and The Jewish Americans: Episode 2, A World of Their Own

PROGRAM TWO: PROMISE AND PREJUDICE
October 1
-Welcome to Shelbyville

PROGRAM THREE: BETWEEN TWO WORLDS: IDENTITY AND ACCULTURATION 
October 22
-The New Americans, Episode 1, The Nigerians

PROGRAM FOUR: HELP WANTED? IMMIGRATION AND WORK
Spring 2019
-Destination America, Episode 1, The Golden Door

PROGRAM FIVE: FAMILY AND COMMUNITY
Spring 2019
-My American Girls

PROGRAM SIX: IMMIGRATION AND POPULAR CULTURE
Spring 2019
-The Search for General Tso

This program is made possible by a grant from City-Lore through the National Endowment for the Humanities: Exploring the Human Endeavor and in cooperation with the Perkins Center for the Arts and the Burlington County Library System.

All programs are free, open to the public and will begin at 6:30PM.

Presented by: Folk Life Center at Perkins for the Arts and BCLS
Location: Burlington County Library, Meeting Room

For further information, please contact Karen Abdul-Malik, Director, Folk Life Center at the Perkins Center for the Arts at 856 235 6488.

Anna Felcyn: Balancing American and Immigrant Identities Through Food Traditions

Anna Felcyn was born in Lesna, Poland, a small town of about 5000 people. All throughout her childhood, cooking was an important tradition due to the social, economic and political landscape. After World War II Poland was a communist country.  Resources were low and high quality food was largely unavailable. Although Anna’s family wasn’t always able to buy the best ingredients, the Polish tradition of cooking meant “making the best out of what you had,” says Anna. “People didn’t have much.”  But that didn’t stop her mother from teaching her the traditions that had been passed down through many generations. During Anna’s childhood, her parents worked all day and left cooking dinner to Anna and her two sisters. Despite their busy lives, enjoying dinners together helped the family come together.

When Anna and her family first tried to come to America, they had difficulty obtaining green cards. Since Anna’s sister was born in Germany and was technically considered a German citizen, she was able to immigrate to America before the rest of the family in 1965. As an American citizen, Anna’s sister was then able to invite the rest of the family into the country. Anna says, “I wish that i could have come sooner to attend high school in the United States.”  Anna has truly embraced the American identity both in her enthusiasm to be an American and her cooking. In Anna’s Polska Kuchina (Polish Kitchen), you will find her ingredients from many different cultures and she frequently searches the internet to find new recipes. About twice a month and on holidays, Anna cooks her  traditional Polish dishes. Her favorite Polish meals to prepare  include pierogies, soups and kielbasa.

To learn more about  Anna and other cultural cuisine artisans, visit Perkins’, Tastefully South Jersey Exhibition, 30 Irvin Avenue, Collingswood, NJ.  Special events accompany the exhibition through August 25.   On July 28 at Taste of Poland and Turkey, join Anna and Serife Ayakta to learn more about the cultural dishes  from their homelands. The free event is from 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. and features food tasting, Monique Legare International Dance Company, and a Turkish Lace Making Workshop with Ylvia Asal.

Tastefully South Jersey is “an exploration into folk art and culture through the lens of food traditions in New Jersey” and features art, artisans and artifacts.   Visit our WEBSITE  for more detailed information.  #TSJPerkins.

 

 

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Phone: 856.235.6488
Toll Free: 800.387.5226
Fax: 856.235.6624
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