Perkins Center for the Arts Stands Firmly in Support of the Asian American Community

Perkins Center for the Arts stands firmly in support of the Asian American community and with all who recognize that the diversity of American society is one of our greatest strengths. As a community focused organization, Perkins Center for the Arts is devoted to supporting the diversity of our communities and committed to dismantling systemic racism and inequities through the unifying work of the Arts. Perkins stands committed to denouncing racism, racial injustice and all forms of violence, discrimination, and bigotry. These hateful actions have no place in our communities. Perkins is committed to providing safe, creative spaces for expression free from discrimination and harassment. Perkins Center for the Arts was established in 1977 and was predicated upon the legacy of the fundamental Quaker principals of integrity, equality, simplicity, and community as stipulated by the Perkins family. Perkins remains committed to the continuing assessment of its own efforts, engagements, strategies,

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PERKINS CENTER PODCAST

Perkins Center for the Arts brings to listening audiences a variety of podcasts that explore, the role of multi-disciplinary arts, folklife and culture in advocacy, protest, healing, and change. Thank you for listening to Perkins Folklife Upon Our Authority Podcasts. Please take a moment to fill out this short questionnaire and help to assess our work and improve future programs. SERIES: UPON OUR AUTHORITY Episode 1: Introduction This initial episode introduces audiences to the reason and the season for Perkins Center podcast with a lead in philosophy on the role of artists in our society by the late great Nina Simone. Episode 2: Gratified to be Ratified: NJ Celebrates 100 Years of 19th Amendment Karen “Queen Nur” Abdul-Malik, Perkins Center Folklife Director interviews Greer Luce of the New Jersey Historical Commission who shares events in New Jersey in celebration of the 19th Amendment being ratified, along with stories of two

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Test Podcast #1

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Community Art Contest to Fill Pages of 2021 Calendar and Fundraiser for Perkins Center

*Almost $100,000 still needed for Perkins Center for the Arts As part of #KeepingArtsAlive, Perkins Center for the Arts is inviting Youth Artists from the South Jersey community to share a meaningful piece of artwork or performance from the past year as an entry for a chance to be printed in the 2021 Perkins Center for the Arts Youth Arts Calendar or featured on the Perkins Center YouTube Channel. This spring, art shows and performances throughout our region were canceled due to the pandemic. As part of the #KeepingArtsAlive campaign, Perkins Center for the Arts wants to make sure the hard work of students and arts educators doesn’t go unnoticed. While summer camp will open in July, Perkins funds have reached a dangerously low status. This calendar, and sponsorships for it, is also a fundraiser to support Perkins Center. “I’m excited to showcase the artwork of young people in our

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A Statement from Perkins Center for the Arts

Dear Friends of Perkins, If this note seems delayed, please accept our apologies as Perkins has carefully considered the appropriate words to communicate during this challenging, and heart-breaking time in our communities. The profound sense of loss is palpable and as we seek ways to understand, communicate, comfort, and support our colleagues, friends, neighbors, and nation, we take pause. In 1965, the Perkins/D’Olier Family gifted the Perkins property in Moorestown to the community with the sole intent of providing a cultural safe space to promote and nurture a loving community. As a Quaker family, the legacy of their fundamental principle of equity for all, has been the guiding tenet, the core value, upon which Perkins Center for the Arts was founded in 1977. Perkins Center for the Arts is a 43-year-old institution that has been a devoted platform for the work of dismantling systemic racism and inequities in our community. Perkins deliberately and

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Perkins is #KeepingArtsAlive – How You Can Too!

Dear Perkins Family, I hope this letter finds you and your loved ones well and that quarantine has been kind to you.  So much has happened within the last few weeks to our communities, to our relationships, and to our lives.  However, despite the challenges I am extremely encouraged!  Why?  Because The Arts are incredibly resilient. Arts organizations have a tremendous “adaptive capacity” and, when life hands The Arts lemons, we paint them, sculpt or carve them, boil them for tea so we can sing, or cook with them!  We make lemonade! (Lisa Matera, Instructor and Exhibiting Artist at Perkins Center for the Arts) While the staff has been working remotely to continue bringing high quality arts programming and content to the community, I hope you have seen: Perkins’ Galleries have moved to a new online format. Conservatory instructor Mihaela Matei and her husband Mugu Radu presented a virtual Coffee

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March 19: Perkins Center Program Updates

Thank you to the many students, teachers, donors and participants who support Perkins Center for the Arts.  We thank you again for your patience and flexibility as we work through this ever-changing situation.  Perkins Center for the Arts has cancelled all onsite classes, lessons and programming through April 18.  This decision was not made lightly.  Perkins is choosing to put the health and safety of our community at the forefront and follow the advice of local, regional, state and federal health officials. At this time, Perkins Spring 2020 Session will begin the week of April 20.  We recognize and acknowledge the inconvenience these changes may cause, however, we are confident that by following recommendations that we will all experience better results.  As we reach additional decisions about future events we will communicate them directly and often. Many thanks to you, our Perkins family, for being committed partners as we all

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Perkins Center Closed from March 16 through April 18

Dear Perkins Friends and Supporters, Perkins Center wants to thank you again for your patience and flexibility as we navigate these uncharted waters together. It is not over stated when I say, we, the Perkins Family, are most concerned about the health and safety of our faculty, students, staff and community. The following decision has not been made lightly but with the most recent health reports being shared by our federal, state and local officials, Perkins is choosing to put the health and safety of our community at the forefront. We will be ceasing all onsite classes, lessons and programming starting tomorrow, March 16 through April 18. At this time Perkins Spring 2020 Session will begin the week of April 20.  As we are provided further information, we will communicate any adjustments to the schedule and registrations. We recognize and acknowledge the inconvenience these changes may cause. However, these decisions have been

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