Perkins Folklife Center hosts a series of events throughout the year to amplify the work of cultural artisans and tradition bearers. These events are open to the public and encourage discussion, understanding, and participation. Attend a Folklife event and learn about important cultural traditions that offer resources for self-expression and creating community in our region.
World Stage: Dance It Out! Series: This series of free concerts and festival-like events takes place on West Evergreen Lawn in Moorestown. Working directly with cultural artisans, Perkins presents these evening events to encourage community participation in events like an Indian Mela, traditional Irish music and dance, and more. Join us on the Lawn to learn more about the rich cultural traditions represented in our communities and enjoy a festive evening with friends and family!
Dance It Out with us in 2023!
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If you are a cultural artisan or community-based arts organization that would like to perform or partner with us in a future event, click here: Find Your Folk Survey.
Oral History Events and Education: Through storytelling and sharing of traditions, cultures, and legacies are passed from generation to generation. Would you like to learn oral history techniques? Do you have a story to share? Or do you want to encourage someone else to tell theirs? Contact the Folklife Center at (856) 235-6488 x316 or email email@example.com to learn about oral history training opportunities or projects in the Tri-County region.
Perkins StoryPad is a mobile hub for sharing and collecting the rich stories that make South Jersey a vibrant region. The StoryPad contains a recording setup and a mini portrait studio designed to gather audiovisual stories from diverse South Jersey residents, workers, and people whose heritage ties them to the area. Staff and volunteers from Perkins set up the Storypad at selected World Stage and community events.
The project doubles as a Listening Space for our H.E.A.R. Heritage Evident and Relevant] oral history project funded by the New Jersey Council on the Humanities and a multimedia lab to share storytelling skills with local residents.
Do you have a story to share? Follow our social media to find out where the StoryPad will pop up next, and read some highlights.
Access to the arts for all, regardless of age or ability, is an essential part of the Perkins Folklife Center’s mission. Through the Folk & Traditional Arts at Home program, cultural artisans teach a craft, do a demonstration, and even perform music and dance for audiences in the comfort and privacy of their homes. The audience may choose either an in-person or remote program.
We invite inquiries from individuals, senior centers, assisted living facilities, and care providers. For more information call (856) 235-6488 x316 or contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Our research and curation “in the field”– in partnership with cultural artisans and the communities where they live and work–shape the rich programming of the Folklife Center, the New Jersey Folk Festival, and other organizations throughout the region.
A current Folklife fieldwork project is Crafting Crowns: The Folklife of African American Hair Stylists.
This project centers on preserving African American hair artistry traditions passed down through families and communities in Southern New Jersey. We examine the hair salon (in a fixed site or as a movable experience) as a cultural space and consider the occupational benefits and challenges experienced by hair artisans working independently versus within a salon.
Under the direction of cultural anthropologist and senior researcher Paulette Young, we are collecting stories from local hair stylists with diverse skills and perspectives on hair styling as independent operators, freelancers and business owners in urban and suburban Black communities. Participants are being interviewed and photographed for a future Perkins program or mini-exhibit.