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Philadelphia, PA, July 9, 2014 – DesignPhiladelphia, the signature event of the Philadelphia Center for Architecture, was recently awarded a Mayor’s Fund for Philadelphia grant for $25,555.33. Desiree Peterkinbell, Chair of the Mayor’s Fund of Philadelphia, notes, “DesignPhiladelphia showcases the talent, ingenuity and innovation of this great city and on behalf of Mayor Michael A. Nutter we are a proud supporter.”
The grant will support marketing activities, including advertisements in local and regional arts publications, bus shelter billboards, and additional print materials. The DesignPhiladelphia Festival, celebrating its tenth anniversary in 2014, kicks off the evening of October 8th with PopUp Place, a cocktail party and benefit being held in Fishtown at Bluecadet, the Emmy Award-winning digital agency. The Festival runs October 9-17, 2014, and offers an insider’s view of Philadelphia’s thriving creative industry.
Over the last 10 years, DesignPhiladelphia has grown into the oldest and largest design event of its kind in the country, annually showcasing the work of over 400 practicing architects, designers, and creative professionals. During the Festival, the general public can explore design in traditional and unexpected ways through over 120 exhibits, workshops, demonstrations, tours, lectures, and events held in a variety of venues across the city.
The Mayor’s Fund for Philadelphia is a 501c(3) organization that strives to improve the quality of life for all Philadelphians by advancing the Mayor’s goals through the use of public-private partnerships. The Philadelphia Center for Architecture was one of a few organizations invited to apply for the one-time grant award. Proposal applications were evaluated by the Fund’s Grant Committee based on alignment with one or more of the Mayor’s five goals; potential for far-reaching citywide benefits; a well-thought out plan and program budget; potential for other funding; and a plan to show progress and measure success.
The Center for Architecture’s winning proposal highlighted how DesignPhiladelphia aligns with two of Mayor Michael A. Nutter’s Mayor’s goals: that the education and health of Philadelphians improve and that Philadelphia becomes a business-friendly place, where people choose to stay and live. The diversity of festival events presented each year – all open to the general public, with a majority free of charge – aims to educate and emphasize the role design plays in our everyday lives. The Festival also demonstrates the sizable contribution the creative industry is making to the region’s economic, social, and cultural expansion by showcasing Philadelphia’s reemergence as a 21st century city; one shaped by design, technology, and collaborative business practices.
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About the Philadelphia Center for Architecture
The Center for Architecture performs the charitable and educational work of the Philadelphia chapter of the American Institute of Architects and serves as the physical home for the Chapter in Center City Philadelphia. The Center offers walking tours, exhibitions, lectures, workshops, and children's programming on architecture, urban planning, and design. The Center is also home to the AIA Bookstore & Design Center and the Community Design Collaborative. For more information visit:philadelphiacfa.org.