Who We Are


Debora Kodish was the founder of the Philadelphia Folklore Project, and it’s Director from 1987 through June 2014. Some of her publications on activist approaches to public interest folklore work can be found here, including "Cultivating Folk Arts and Social Change" (Journal of American Folklore, 2013), "Imagining Public Folklore" (Companion to Folklore, 2012), and "Envisioning Folklore Activism" (Journal of American Folklore, 2011). She can be reached at debora.kodish@gmail.com

2015 Board Members

•   Rechelle McJett Beatty

•   Carole Boughter

•   Saundra Gilliard

•   Dr. Fariha Khan

•   Jeannine Osayande

•   Mawusi Renee Simmons

•   Alix Webb

Teaching Artists

•   Javitta Brockington, African American step

•   Gbahtuo Comgbaye, Liberian storytelling

•   Greg Corbin, Spoken word

•   Kenneth Mui, Chinese hung gar kung fu and lion dance

•   Riasinta Hite, Indonesian dance

•   Jun Dai, Beijing Opera

•   Than Nhan Ngo, Vietnamese dan tranh

•   Losang Samten, Tibetan sand mandala

•   Omar Harrison and Ama Schley, West African and Afro-Caribbean dance

•   Hua Hua Zhang, Chinese puppetry


Ife Nii-Owoo (Graphic Design Consultant) runs Ife Designs and Associates, LLC, a full service design firm based in Philadelphia, PA. The firm provides multi-cultural marketing consultation, creative digital solutions and project management in strategic brand development. They are experts in graphic design, creating and managing & advertising campaigns and website development for a diverse range of corporate and not-for-profit clients. She can be reached at ife [a] ifedesigns.com