This is My Philly

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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


Spells Writing Lab, Christina Rose Dubbs

Moore College of Art & Design


Participating Artists
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
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/

By aigaphiladelphia
Published July 29, 2014
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