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Folk Arts Center Calendar

Upcoming Events

Sat, December 4 - Artist to Artist: Women's Music

Artist to Artist: Women's Music Artist to Artist: Women's Music Artist to Artist: Women's Music Online
Women’s music, blossoming alongside the women’s movement of the 1970s, created community and belonging for women seeking to empower their lives. Join us for a fascinating exploration of the genre’s roots, culture and evolution with some of its early practitioners.

In this FREE virtual artists’ residency, three singer songwriters come together to tell stories, play songs, and share their experiences. Central PA’s own Bobbi Carmitchell (middle photo) joins Jamie Anderson (top photo) and Barb Barton (bottom photo), along with guest moderators Kay Turner and Debra D’Alessandro and SFMS folklorist Amy Skillman, in a day of thoughtful, playful and informative workshops. Live on Zoom ALL DAY Saturday, December 4. MORE

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Past Events

Thu, September 9 - Spiritual Messengers Live Session

Spiritual Messengers Live Session Online
Join Harrisburg gospel ensemble Spiritual Messengers Warriors for God in their rehearsal space for music and conversation with moderator Amy Skillman. This live event is presented in partnership with the American Folklore Society as part of their “Hear from Harrisburg“ series. Virtual event on Thursday, September 9 at 7pm. MORE

Sat, August 28 - Folk Artists Gathering

Folk Artists Gathering Online
Families, neighborhoods, and communities in Central Pennsylvania share so many artistic traditions. All folk artists are invited to join us for a networking event on Saturday, August 28 at Hershey Public Library. MORE

Wed, August 11 - Bringing it Home: Beautiful Gestures

Bringing it Home: Beautiful Gestures Online
A classical Indian dancer, an African American quilter, and an artist of hooked rugs: what do they have in common? Three local women featured in our Folk Artists Gallery chat about women's art and the many ways we make meaning with our hands. Virtual conversation on Wednesday, August 11. MORE

Wed, June 23 - Bringing it Home: The Power of Song

Bringing it Home: The Power of Song Online
Three local artists chat about the powerful role that songs play in our lives. Singing can affirm our beliefs, soothe a restless child, heal a wounded heart, unite a community, and move people to dance with joy. Virtual conversation on Wednesday, June 23. MORE

Saturday, Feb 27 - Artist to Artist Residency: Gospel Traditions

The Campbell Brothers (a world-reknowned "Sacred Steel" gospel group) and the Spiritual Messengers Warriors for God (a Harrisburg area contemporary Gospel ensemble) together present a day of FREE online performances and presentations in this full-day virtual artists' residency on Saturday, February 27.

Sunday, Dec 6 - Artist to Artist Residency: Jewish Musical Traditions

Four FREE workshops exploring Klezmer, the mesmerizing musical tradition of the Ashkenazi Jews of Eastern Europe. Five groundbreaking female Klezmer musicians from around the country joined in this full-day virtual artists' residency on Sunday, December 6, 2020.

  • THE KLEZMER AWAKENING brought together violinist Cookie Segelstein and clarinetist Ilene Stahl to explore the revival of Klezmer music in the US.
  • SING OUT! explored several traditional and newly-composed songs with Jewish singers Susan Leviton and Lauren Brody.
  • KLEZMER SUFFRAGE, moderated by trumpeter Susan Hoffman Watts, was a fascinating conversation with these women who have crafted lives in the male-dominated world of Jewish music.
  • WHOSE SONG IS THIS? delved into the wonders of song migration, followed by finale performances by all five artists.