Current Exhibition

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This is My Philly: Students Mentoring Students We believe there’s something special about all the communities that make up our city. No matter the size or location, we all feel a sense of pride and love for our neighborhood. Under the guidance of AIGA student mentors from around the region, kids ages 8-12 created a poem and supporting collage expressing their love for their home. Come appreciate the work of these young visionaries and tell us what makes your Philly unique. In its fourth year, This is My Philly, a partnership with AIGA Philadelphia and Spells Writing Lab, helps kids celebrate their unique neighborhoods through words and pictures. Spells Writing Lab is a local organization that provides free writing workshops and after-school tutoring for a diverse mix of kids and teens. The intent of This is My Philly was threefold: to promote the power of images and the written word, to promote art and design as a viable career option to inner-city elementary school students and to promote diversity in the field of graphic design. AIGA Philadelphia and Spells Writing Lab drew upon their complimentary creative skills to celebrate Philadelphia, a city of many neighborhoods. This is My Phillysought to engage and motivate participants by focusing on Philadelphia’s positive qualities, as well as the responsibility we all have in maintaining and improving our community. All are invited! Free and open to the public. A special invitation is extended to the family, friends, and teachers of the elementary school participants and the college student volunteers.

First Friday Reception September 5, 6-9pm

Exhibit Duration September 5-30

Partners Spells Writing Lab, Christina Rose Dubbs Moore College of Art & Design

Participating Artists Audrey Lauren Brown from Lansdowne Ella Copeland from Mt. Airy Isabela Curtin Sean de Silva from South Philadelphia Sydney Devine from Bella Vista Phoebe Dubb from Ardmore Calder Duffy from Queen Village Cydney Edwards from Upper Darby Blake Fox Briaire Gant from Elkins Park Brian Goncalve from Oxford Circle Halle from Graduate Hospital Bobby Hill Jaya from East Oak Lane Christopher Juarez from Lawncrest Kevin Juarez from Lawncrest Kimberly Juarez from Lawncrest Mark Little from Northwood Blessings McAdams Praise McAdams Lowell Nottage Olivia Emma O’Neill-Dietel Indigo Perry from Fishtown Emily Reynolds Caroline Richey from Roxborough Emma Richey from Roxborough Journey Ricketts from North Philly Justice Rickett from North Philly Luke Risher Thea Risher Madison Ruffin Annie Rupertus from Mt. Airy Lucy Jay Rupertus from East Mt. Airy Ibis Shareen-Trudeau Nile Shareef-Trudeau Harrison Smith Hugh Wilson from Roxborough Regina Wilson from Roxborough Ella Woolworth from Overbrook Farms Samantha Woolworth from Overbrook Farms

Participating College Students Arcadia University Brittni Albright, Brianna Carroll, Maria Clarke, Ashley Cooksley, Nicole Mascola, Tori Page, Jonathan Park, David Robinson, Victoria VanSant, Matthew West, Amie Zimmerman

Art Institute of Philadelphia Jason Berg, DiJuana Green, Karen Matthes, Erin McConchie, Saleema Parker, Trish Shaw, Mike Shields, Chase Sternfels, Heather Sykes, Amber Wright

Drexel University Meghan Pitts

Moore College of Art & Design Rachel Brichter, Jaeger Rae Cohen, Whitney Harrall, Courtney LaPrince, Suel-Gi Lee, Jessica Massabrook, Ivy Moore, Stephanie Paone, Alissa Straube

Philadelphia University Liz Dell, Laura Farnen, Bruno Forcine, Holly Ketner, Alexa Rae Liccio, Bunley Lim, Jacqueline Maddox, Laura Schoedler, Kelly Tenan

Tyler School of Art Sade Adeyina, Phoebe Cornog, Justin Morris, Megan Scanlin

University of the Arts Nick Porcaro Other volunteers include: Zoe Artz, Petra Artz, Courtney Ballantine and Lauren Leitgeb

Exhibition Poems designed by: Brianna Carroll, Arcadia University Alexa Rae Liccio, SCAD, Art Institute of Philadelphia Erin McConchie, Art Institute of Philadelphia Saleema Parker, Art Institute of Philadelphia Stephanie Paone, Moore College of Art & Design Trish Shaw, Art Institute of Philadelphia Amber Wright, Art Institute of Philadelphia

Project Coordinators Gigi McGee and Diane Zatz, Education Directors

Volunteers, 2014 Workshop Dave Copestakes, Rose DiSanto   Read more about it here:–this-is-my-philly/

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