Taste of the Caribbean

Hosted by South Jersey Caribbean Cultural Organization featuring Steel Pan Performance and Workshop Island Delights and Differences Panel Discussion Food Tasting SocaFitness

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Becoming American: It’s not a Melting Pot… It’s Pot Luck 

[su_youtube url=”https://youtu.be/ikoCPn-H81M” width=”300″ height=”300″] Take a seat at the table as we discuss Becoming American. Evening includes: Viewing Tastefully South Jersey Documentary       Dinner: Cultural Fare Discussion Led by Bill Westerman What does it mean to be American? What does it mean to become American? What does it mean to break bread with your neighbor? What does your family bring to the table to make this community special?   Admission:  Bring one Family Recipe. Limited Availability. [su_button url=”https://public.perkinsarts.org/public/Events.faces” target=”blank” background=”#bfb3e4″ size=”9″ text_shadow=”0px 2px 5px #000000″]RSVP HERE[/su_button]  

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Taste of Mexico and Peru

Eco Del Sur: Music from the Andes and Latin America Food Demonstrations Felix Pitre Storytelling Heritage Preservation Day: A Free Community Digitization Project   Bring in family heirlooms relating to cultural foodways traditions. Aged photos, negatives, slides, handwritten recipes, heritage cookware, ancestral linens, back-dated newspaper articles and more. We will digitally preserve your memories and record your stories. You will take home a flash drive as a keepsake for generations to come. All families, all cultures are welcomed.   [su_youtube url=”https://youtu.be/xyb0kqR1I1s” width=”300″ height=”300″]  

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Taste of Poland and Turkey

Monique Legare International Folk Dance Performance and Workshop Food Tasting Tea-for All Demonstration Turkish Lace-making Workshop (Limited, registration required)

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Serife Ayakta: Living the American Dream While Keeping a Piece of Home

Serife Ayakta (meaning standing in honor), carries a legacy in her name from the maternal and paternal sides of her family. Her grandmother instilled in her, “Whatever happens do not lay down, get up.” Serife grew up near Istanbul,Turkey. After an earthquake killed her mother and destroyed her home and baby furniture business, her husband’s friend urged, “Go to the United States. America has big dreams for your children.” Serife explains, “My husband and I decided to come here to see if it was okay for our children’s future.” Upon their arrival they spent time with distant relatives and friends that had previously immigrated to New York City. Relocating to New Jersey in 2001 with their three children, Serife, began working at a daycare center.  She loved the babies, but when the job would not provide the opportunity for her to travel to Santa Barbara for a week with her daughter,

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Tastefully South Jersey Exhibition

An exploration of food traditions from Caribbean, Eastern European, West African, African-American Southern and Latino cultures and how they are sustained in our communities. Featuring documentary of tradition keepers, artifacts, photography, visual art and interactive exhibits. Special Events: Opening Reception – July 12, 2018 – 5:00 – 8:00 p.m. Interpretive Tour of Exhibit, Tastefully South Jersey Presentation, Food Tasting Taste of West Africa and African-American Soul – July 14 – 10:00 – 2:00 p.m. Universal African Dance and Drum Ensemble, Food Demonstrations, Soul Line Dancing with I am Kenny J, Broomcorn Doll Making Workshop with Alma May (Limited, registration required) Taste of Poland and Turkey – July 28 – 10:00 – 2:00 p.m. Monique Legare International Folk Dance Performance and Workshop, Food Tasting, Tea-for All Demonstration, Turkish Lace-making Workshop (Limited, registration required) Taste of Mexico and Peru – August 18 – 10:00 – 2:00 p.m. Eco Del Sur: Music from the Andes and Latin America, Food Demonstrations, Heritage Preservation Day Becoming American: It’s not a Melting Pot… It’s Pot Luck – August 23 – 6:00 – 8:30 p.m. Take a seat at our community table to discuss and celebrate America’s immigrant fortune and delight in cultural food fare (Free, RSVP Required) Taste of the Caribbean – August 25 – 10:00 – 2:00 p.m. Hosted by South Jersey Caribbean Cultural Organization featuring Steel Pan Performance and Workshop, Island Delights and Differences Panel Discussion, Food Tasting, SocaFitness [su_row] [su_column]CULTURAL FOOD ARTISANS: Elizabet Aguilar – Mexican Ylvia Anatolia Asal – Turkish Serife Ayakta – Turkish Loona Cadely-Jeanty – Haitian Anna Felcyn – Polish Esther Giple – Liberian Katherine Inez Guadalupe – St. Lucian Jonathan Jernigan – International Sherma Joyce – Trinadadian Nana Kittoe Manful – Ghananian Corrine B. Powers – African American Soul Travara Tilghman – African American Soul [/su_column] [su_column]FINE ARTISTS: Robert Bender Phil Carroll Michael Clay Ruthanne Compton Judy Karten Rita Kieffer Lisa Matera Peter Meadowsong Marie Natale Mark Natale Laura Renner[/su_column] [/su_row] [su_youtube url=”https://youtu.be/xyb0kqR1I1s” width=”300″ height=”300″] [su_youtube url=”https://youtu.be/ikoCPn-H81M” width=”300″ height=”300″] Tastefully South Jersey Press Release

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2018 Members & Faculty Exhibition

The annual exhibition features work by staff, faculty and members of Perkins Center for the Arts. It is a diverse exhibition that includes art in a variety of mediums; including ceramic, photography, watercolor, pastel, gouache, oil, acrylic, crayon, pen, pencil, fiber and digital art.

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