Multimedia storytelling to preserve folklife and cultural heritage

Philadelphia Folklore Project

2021
$120,000

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Philadelphia Folklore Project executive director Naomi Sturm-Wijesinghe (left) interviews Christina Martinez of South Philly Barbacoa at La Ofrenda, an interactive installation by Cesar Viveros. Photo by Mauricio Bayona, courtesy of the Philadelphia Folklore Project Archives.

Reorganized staff structures, along with new technological capacity, will strengthen Philadelphia Folklore Project’s mission to sustain the vitality of folklife and living cultural heritage through collaborative community archives and multimedia storytelling projects. Upgraded digital tools and a newly envisioned folk art and social change fellowship will focus on digital humanities and asset management to reinforce the organization’s role as a secure and accessible archive for local history and culture.

The total grant amount represents project funding plus an additional 20% in unrestricted general operating support.