MISSION: To preserve, perpetuate and build awareness of South Jersey’s rich cultural history, traditions and folk art.

The Perkins Folklife Center began in 2010, when Folklorist Thomas Carroll began to travel, meet, and document the many and diverse communities and ethnic groups throughout Burlington, Camden, and Gloucester counties.  From the results of Mr. Carroll’s fieldwork, Perkins Center discovered more about individuals and groups within our region, their history, and culture, and to provide that information to the community.

Current Folklife Center Director, Karen Abdul-Malik advances the exploration of the rich and treasured folklife traditions in Burlington, Camden, and Gloucester Counties.  In 2020, Perkins Folklife Center has expanded to include regular programs, unique Folklife events and resources for Folk Artists and the communities throughout the southern New Jersey region.