The Butterfly: A Radical Act of Community Storytelling

The Butterfly: A Radical Act of Community Storytelling

Storytelling, Performance Poetry and Spoken Word in the Oral Tradition Join us, as we radically change minds and hearts at transformative, uncensored adult storytelling concerts. The Butterfly is a FREE community storytelling concert held the 4th Tuesday of each month at our Collingswood location from 7:00-8:30 pm. Storytelling is the first art form.  From its inception on the continent of Africa, storytelling has been steeped in communal ethos.  It is an amalgamated event of teller and audience.  It teaches lessons, empowers voice and maintains societal values.  It makes us laugh, cry, gasp, hold on and release — It connects. If you would like to participate as a teller, please Submit to Tell Here by the 1st Tuesday of the Month. Call for Featured tellers for the Following Themes: 2019 Schedule: March 26: Herstory April 23: Love Me, Love Me Not May 28: Lessons from the Little Ones June 25: Inspired Curiosity July 23: First Time

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Free Thursdays

Join us for free arts and cultural programming every Thursday from October through May at 10:00am. Coffee & Classics: (Every 1st & 3rd Thursday) A series of musical performances by Perkins Conservatory faculty members. Conversations on Culture: (Every 2nd Thursday) A series of culturally focused conversations designed to connect and introduce topics of interest in South Jersey. Art Discovery Arts: (Every 4th Thursday) Art based programs designed for toddlers and PreK children and their grown-ups. Each of these programs are free and open to the public thanks to the support of PNC Arts Alive.          

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Becoming American – Program Two

Program Two: Promise and Prejudice Welcome to Shelbyville Becoming American is an in depth series studying the immigration experience in America. This special six -week public programming event will feature a documentary film presentation and a moderated discussion led by Bill Westerman, PhD. The series is designed to encourage an informed discussion of immigration issues set against the backdrop of our immigration history. Welcome To Shelbyville is a story set in a small town in the middle of “America’s Bible Belt”. Shelbyville undergoes a break neck demographic change and with it, the onslaught of issues of resulting from this new integration and the complex lives of the African American, Latino, White and Somali residents. Filmed during the 2008 Presidential election, the film captures the deeply complex lives of a small, culturally diverse, middle America town dealing with race and culture barriers and the efforts made to overcome them. This important

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Becoming American – Program One

Program One: The Century of Immigration: 1820-1924 New York, A Documentary Film: Episode 4, The Power and the People | The Jewish Americans: Episode 2, A World of Their Own Becoming American is an in depth series studying the immigration experience in America. This special six -week public programming event will feature a documentary film presentation and a moderated discussion led by Bill Westerman, PhD. The series is designed to encourage an informed discussion of immigration issues set against the backdrop of our immigration history. This special event will begin with a screening of The Century of Immigration: 1820-1934 which provides a critical view of the study of immigration, looking at the reasons for and consequences of one of the peak periods of immigration. During this heightened period more than forty million immigrants were added to the population of the United States. This influx of cultural diversity helped to make immigration a

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Becoming American Series

Becoming American is an in depth series studying the immigration experience in America. This special six -week public programming event will feature a documentary film presentation and a moderated discussion led by Bill Westerman, PhD. The series is designed to encourage an informed discussion of immigration issues set against the backdrop of our immigration history. This important collaboration between the Folk Life Center at Perkins for the Arts and the Burlington County Library System will shed great light on the history of immigration in our country and how it had impacted the culture of our ancestors as well as the communities we live in today. PROGRAM ONE: THE CENTURY OF IMMIGRATION: 1820-1924 September 17 -New York, A Documentary Film: Episode 4, The Power and the People and The Jewish Americans: Episode 2, A World of Their Own PROGRAM TWO: PROMISE AND PREJUDICE October 1 -Welcome to Shelbyville PROGRAM THREE: BETWEEN

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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 

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.  

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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.    

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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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