The Liberian Women's Chorus for Change at the Peacebuilding Forum Performance, Philadelphia, March 2015. Photo by Ed Kennedy.
The Liberian Women's Chorus for Change will perform at a Liberian Community Gathering, taking place at Bartram's Garden. This event is free and open to the public. Doors open at 1 p.m. and the concert will begin at 2 p.m.
Led by 2014 Pew Fellow Fatu Gayflor and funded by The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage, the Liberian Women's Chorus for Change addresses urgent issues of violence against women in Philadelphia's growing Liberian community. The members of the chorus adapt existing folk songs and write new ones in traditional styles, in the hopes of subverting historical narratives in which women are blamed, stigmatized, or victimized. The Chorus' goals are to foster conversation through song, generate collective strength to act, and offer options and resources for change. The Philadelphia Folklore Project will present the Chorus in local Liberian neighborhoods as well as in concerts at World Cafe Live and other venues.