Folklife Center

Founded in 2009, the Perkins Folklife Center is one of five New Jersey centers with the guiding mission to document, present, support, and celebrate the Garden State’s rich cultural heritage.

Whether sung or told, hand-crafted or performed, New Jersey’s rich folklife refers to those “arts of everyday life” that reflect a sense of traditional knowledge and connection to community. South Jersey’s folkways are rich with traditions that have been rooted in the area for centuries, as well as those that more recently have been carried here and nourished by our diverse immigrant communities.

The Perkins Folklife Center was established with funding support from the New Jersey Council on the Arts and the National Endowment for the Humanities.

FolkLife Center