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 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
-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
-Welcome to Shelbyville
PROGRAM THREE: BETWEEN TWO WORLDS: IDENTITY AND ACCULTURATION
-The New Americans, Episode 1, The Nigerians
PROGRAM FOUR: HELP WANTED? IMMIGRATION AND WORK
-Destination America, Episode 1, The Golden Door
PROGRAM FIVE: FAMILY AND COMMUNITY
-My American Girls
PROGRAM SIX: IMMIGRATION AND POPULAR CULTURE
-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 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.
Perkins Center for the Arts Presents a Folk Arts & Civic Engagement Residency at the National Storytelling Conference
Today is Independence Day. Throughout the country the national holiday is celebrated with family gatherings infused with food, games and stories just as varied as the richness of cultures that color the United States. One way to collect such national treasures is to engage students and community members in documenting and taking oral histories through an Artist-in-Residency Program.
In the week prior to the 4th of July, Perkins Center for the Arts Folklife Center Director, Karen “Queen Nur” Abdul-Malik presented Everybody Comes from Somewhere: Designing a Storytelling & Civic Engagement Artist–in-Residency Program Master Class at the National Storytelling Conference in Kansas City, MO. The convention was held June 29 through July 2. The 2017 theme, All Our Voices: Stories of Immigration & Migration provided fertile ground to seed Perkins Center for the Arts Storytelling and Civic Engagement Residency on a national level. Interactively, we shared the model with storytellers, community organizers , teaching artists and activists.
The five-hour workshop jumpstarted with a discussion on the need for school and community artist residencies. We shared the importance of integrating storytelling and other folk arts into social studies curricula and assisting community members in raising voice. The attendees identified an imperative need in each of their communities. Read more →