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June 13, 2014
PROPOSALS DUE JUNE 20, 2014. Let DesignPhiladelphia provide you with a stage to present that big idea, test a product, collaborate with someone you admire, or just show off! To celebrate our 10th anniversary and to help fulfill our goals of promotion, retention, and advancement of the design talent studying and working in Philadelphia, TEN (10) spots on the 2014 Festival calendar are reserved exclusively for you – without registration fees – thanks to our new initiative, SEED.
June 10, 2014
Hidden City Tours & Events provide immersive experiences of remarkable places, illuminate their stories, and afford networking opportunities among their growing number of members. Hidden City tours range from focused explorations of single sites to walking tours drawing thematic connections among multiple sites.
June 10, 2014
CityLove, a project of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, is coming to Philadelphia for a week of free tours, meet-ups, parties, and behind-the-scenes photo tours, all taking place inside some of the city's most iconic - and of course, historic - places. Spots are limited, but there is still time to register.
June 10, 2014
On a rainy Friday morning in May, Danielle DiLeo Kim, Sylvia Palms, and I sat down with three members of Philly Girls Do Good! to talk about design advocacy in Philadelphia: Hilary Jay, Founding Director of Design Philadelphia and first Director of the Philadelphia Center for Architecture; Kiki Bolender, Chair of the Design Advocacy Group (DAG); and Nancy Goldenberg, Chief of Staff of the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society (PHS).
June 6, 2014
InLiquid’s Art for the Cash Poor is an annual summer sale that operates under the premise that everyone can be an art collector. In 1999, the event began as an exposition of quality work at affordable prices, with everything from jewelry, paintings, photography, fashion, and ceramic ware priced at $199 and under.
June 4, 2014
The Philadelphia Maker Entreprenuers - the "latest greatest maker-est meetup group for new entrepreneurs" - will be holding their second meetup on the evening of Wednesday, June 11 at Perch Pub (1345 Locust Street). The group aims to connect entrepreneurs who make and sell physical goods to the resources they need to grow their business. This second meeting and happy hour at Perch Pub will serve to help foster new connections, provide you with an opportunity to show of your wares informally, and give a space to talk about the challenges facing the Philadelphia Maker community.
June 2, 2014
In this three-hour hands-on class students will gain an overview of how neon has been developed and used to create signs, art, and architectural detailing. You will be shown how neon colors are made, types of signs, electrical transformers, and neon-related hardware. Images will be projected illustrating neon applications and iconic neon signs. This class is geared towards anyone who wants to learn about or use neon, and will go into more depth than the neon walking tours or talks held at the Center. Admission for this class will be limited to 20 participants.
June 2, 2014
Join AIGA Philadelphia at MASQUERADE: Annual Gala and Silent Auction for a festive evening of mystery and intrigue including a silent auction, music, prizes, food and drinks. Guests are encouraged to come wearing a mask and dressed in semi-formal attire. Prizes will be awarded for the most creative masks! Proceeds support AIGA Philadelphia SPACE and continued programming including lectures, exhibits and workshops that enrich the community and AIGA membership of over 600 local design professionals, educators and students.
June 2, 2014
The Art Market at Tyler is coming back for its third year with DesignPhiladelphia and is looking for artists to participate! Tyler's Art Market is a weekend-long fine arts sale, taking place Friday and Saturday, October 10-11. The Art Market aims to educate and promote the work of emerging local artists and local art students from around the city. The Art Market will be welcoming back old favorites (Art Star and the Tyler Glass Guild), while bringing in new partnerships with local businesses and co-ops like NextFab Studios and the Philadelphia Sculpture Gym.
May 27, 2014
GRAY AREA invites you to their final community meeting, where they ask the public to “play cards” and further test and refine the in-progress preservation toolkit by applying the kit to an expanded range of historic sites around Powelton Village and Mantua. The meeting is at 6 p.m., Weds. May 28 at Catalyst for Change Church, 3727 Baring Street. Registration is requested.