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July 22, 2014
PAFA presents David Lynch: The Unified Field
on view September 13, 2014 through January 11, 2015. The Unified Field is the first major US museum exhibition of David Lynch, who attended PAFA briefly in the 60's, featuring works from all periods of the filmmaker’s career: approximately 90 paintings and drawings from 1965 to present, many of which have rarely or never been shown to the public.
July 21, 2014
CreativeMornings is a monthly breakfast lecture series for the creative community. Join CreativeMornings at PAFA for this month's lecture, Heritage, with Jason Kernevich and Dustin Summers from The Heads of State, an award-winning Philadelphia-based design studio. Click here to read more about The Heads of State.
July 18, 2014
Groundswell is taking over the PHS Pop Up Garden for their second annual GroundSwell Happy Hour at the PHS Pop Up Garden at 1428 South Street, next to the Jamaican Jerk Hut! Tickets to the event are $12, and you get admission to the Garden plus a two drink ticket (good for two beers, wines, or cocktails). GroundSwell's special guest for the evening will be Philadelphia's new Chief Cultural Officer, Helen Haynes for the Office of Arts, Culture and the Creative Economy. Haynes is the community liaison between the City's cultural institutions, and will be available to speak with attendees and memberso of the cultural community about her plans for OACCE -- her responsibility to exapnd arts education and development of the City's arts, culture and creative economy sector by promoting public and private investments.
July 17, 2014
On Friday, September 19th, Philadelphia will celebrate the international event known as Park(ing) Day. Dozens of interactive parks will appear on the streets of Philadelphia as artists, activists, planners, local businesses, and Philly residents take over metered parking spots, all in an effort to promote green and pedestrian-friendly urban spaces.
July 15, 2014
The Curated Home is an installation of furniture, art, and decoration curated by Val Nehez of Ennis Nehez and Michael Garden of CITYSPACE at 503 Fairmount. Click here to learn more. Visit Curated Home for an open house this weekend, July 19-20, from 12-2PM.
July 15, 2014
The 17th annual Brave New Voices International Youth Poetry Slam Festival, dubbed Brave New Voices, is coming to Philadelphia this week. Read more about BNV on the web here. The week of events, celebrating and challenging creative approaches to literary arts education and literacy development in young people, culminates this weekend with Hoodstock, presented in partnership with Philadelphia Urban Creators. This event will feature discussions and learning opportunities on gardening, permaculture, food justice, free breakfast, storytelling, live performances and community activism. Featured programming includes urban gardening, the MC Olympic Finals, and food grown by Philadelphia Urban Creators. Featured Presenters include host Marc Bamuthi Joseph, Astronauts Really Fly, among others.
July 11, 2014
Join the Association for Public Art, Philadelphia Parks & Recreation, Fairmount Park Conservancy, and Mayor Michael Nutter at The Oval for the public celebration and official kick-off of Magic Carpet. The event is free for all ages, and the evening will include food trucks, performances, face painting, crafts, and more.
July 11, 2014
Join artist Ben Volta and members of the Restorative Justice Guild program for the dedication of Amplify, a mural that mimics sounds projecting from a gramophone and amplifying as it moves across the wall. Guild members explored and extensively photographed the Union Transfer building and collectively developed a unique design reflecting on properties of music, sounds and the amplification of voice. Enjoy live music, tasty summer treats, and more at this special event.
July 9, 2014
As part of Asian Arts Initiative’s residency with Rick Lowe and the Pearl Street Project, AAI is hosting a series of community-sourced weekly mini-events along Pearl Street throughout the summer. The series is designed to activate the alley with creative ideas from the Chinatown North and Callowhill communities, and is meant to encourage neighbors and visitors to get together to share and exchange talents and interests.
July 8, 2014
The City of Philadelphia Commerce Department and the Community Design Collaborative seek nominations to identify the most distinctive, recently improved storefronts in Philadelphia. Nominations should be submitted online using this form. Entries will be evaluated by a jury consisting of economic development and design professionals, and the winning projects will be recognized at a ceremony on October 14. The event will highlight businesses that have demonstrated care and uniqueness in how they represent themselves to their customers and the public through their storefronts.