Design Philadelphia is brimming with an exciting batch of all things creative this month. Clocking back to 2005, this unique city-wide festival demonstrates the role of design and how it has become such a prevalent institution in Philadelphia – shining light on the history of its evolution as well as highlighting its modern significance as the hub for creative advancement in the area!
This critically acclaimed venture partners up with the University of the Arts each year to honor the melting pot of creative disciplines at work here in our community - whether it be architecture to interior design, fashion to product design, multi-media to graphic design, or sustainable design to urban planning- Design Philadelphia surely has something to offer to any type of individual.
Over the course of the month, Design Philadelphia is estimated to draw a crowd of an impressive 200,000 people. From October 13th-23rd some five hundred students and professionals alike will hold over 150 exhibitions all over town, including lectures, workshops and demonstrations. Aimed to frame Philadelphia as a city of overwhelming vivacity and creative innovation, this open participation event is the quintessential place to live, work, play and grow.
As patrons in the art and design community, we plan on participating as much as we can! The fun kicks off this Thursday, October 13th with a variety of things to get involved in. Here are a couple fun & free events we have our sights set on and hope to scope out:
WHAT: Createadelphia, presented by Campus Philly, this career development and job fair-type event mapped out for young professionals and students of Philadelphia Universities interested in pursuing design.
WHEN: October 17th, 4-6 P.M.
WHERE:The Market + Shops at the Comcast Center, 17th & JFK
WHAT: Big Chalkers, Unleash your inner child with four-foot tall "sidewalk chalk" crayons! Tag the town with your temporary creations.
WHEN: October 18th, 5 P.M.
WHERE: Cafe Cret, 16th & The Benjamin Franklin Parkway
WHAT: Not A Vacant Lot Working alongside U.Arts, both independent curator Marianne Bernstein and Penn Design students will transform a vacant lot right in the hub of Center City, just four blocks from City Hall. “Not a Vacant Lot,” is a five-day exhibit demonstrating contemporary and advanced programming, cultural offerings and landscape design, featuring live performances and video screenings in the evenings.
WHEN: October 19th-23rd
WHERE: 313 South Broad Street
For more information and coverage of Design Philadelphia activities, refer to the website.