Making It Better Folk and Traditional Arts in Pennsylvania Today: A statewide3-2010/6-2012
Making It Better is an exhibition that tells the stories of over 30 master artists whose work can heal the sick, challenge social inequity, assist in meditation, and help communities both grieve and celebrate. Coming from every corner of Pennsylvania, the art represents a wide array of traditions such as African dance, stone wall construction, Native American clay flutes, Pysanky eggs, contemporary blacksmith work, woodcarving, and Vietnamese funerary portraits. All are integrated into people’s lives and important enough to be shared and passed on. This exhibit demonstrates that although many traditional arts are rooted in centuries’ old practices; they are thriving and meeting the needs of communities today.

Making It Better: Folk Arts in Pennsylvania Today was created by the Institute for Cultural Partnerships in collaboration with the Erie Art Museum, Rivers of Steel National Heritage Area, Northern Tier Cultural Alliance, Bottle Works Ethnic Arts Center, Community Partnerships Resource Conservation and Development Council, and with assistance from the Philadelphia Folklore Project.

Funding support comes from PicturePA, a program of the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, a state agency; the National Endowment for the Arts; and the Pennsylvania Humanities Council from their National Endowment for the Humanities’ We The People Initiative on American History.

Double Clay flute and Dead whistle
Project H.O.M.E Sanctuary space of Broad Street Ministry,
to drum up help for homeless Rhythms of Transformation'11/4/2009

The art exhibit portrays the work of people who suffer or have suffered from homelessness. Known artist Brujo de la Mancha's creations explore issues such displacement through Aztec-inspired art.

Philadelphia City Hall:In your Dreams 6-9/2009
Paintings, Sculptures

First Exhibition of the Art4Barter Project: 1/ 2009 Art4Barter project
at Henry Bermudez Studio


Artesano Gallery: 4/2008 Memorias

The Clay Studio: 2/2008 Anual Students Teachers Winter Show.
Clay Flutes

Raices Culturales, 12/07-5/08 Vereda Cultural

International Art Expo in Philadelphia 11/2007 Art Display.
Paintings, Drawings

African American Museum Philadelphia 9/2007 A Celebration of Visual Traditions

Jump Street/Whitaker Center Harrisburg 2/2007 A Celebration of Visual Traditions

African American Cultural 10/2006 A Celebration of Visual Traditions
Center of Greater Pittsburgh


Mattie Rhodes Gallery Kansas City, MO 8/2006 “Full Deck” La loteria

Penn State University 6/2006 A Celebration of Visual Traditions

Fringe Festival: Highwire Gallery Phila. 9/2005 The Runway at the End of the World: A Post Apocalyptic Fashion Show
Recycling Clothing Design

Philadelphia City Hall 10/2004 Celebration of Latino Heritage Month
Paintings, Drawings and Sculptures

Taller Puertorriqueño Phila. 8/2004 Visions from PostModern Aztlan

Project HOME Phila. 1/2003 El Mundo del Arte
Paintings, Drawings and Sculptures