Art Party in Fairmount Park! June 8th

img-3The West Park Arts Fest celebrates its 12th year bringing this family-friendly event to South Concourse Drive in West Fairmount Park on June 8, 2019, from 1pm to 6pm.

“We are excited for the growth of the West Park Arts Fest, a day of arts and culture for every member of the family to enjoy! The participation of our co-presenters along with many arts, cultural, and community partners create a fun and engaging day,” says Betty Lindley, Founding Executive Director of West Park Cultural Center.”

Sounding the opening of the Arts Fest will be the award-winning beats of the West Powelton Drum Squad. Attendees of all ages will enjoy stages of culturally diverse performances by some of the area’s most talented dancers, musicians, and vocalists.

Breakwater (1)The Festival is excited to announce Philadelphia’s first ‘Funkfest at the West Park Arts Fest’ curated by Badd Kitti. The headliner is none other than Philly’s own Breakwater.

“Breakwater is so excited to be headlining the first annual FunkFest. Come Splashdown with us as we lay down the funk at [West Park Arts Fest!]” – Steve Green, Breakwater Band Member. “Funk is an important part of the sound of Philadelphia that deserves to be celebrated.”

Funkfest will captivate audiences with a roster of impressive performances and legendary artists including Badd Kitti, BlaqMel & The Problem, Mixed People, FAWZ, Expansion Project, My Funky Brethren, and others.

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“FunkFest is an exciting first for both WPCC and Philadelphia.  We hope this will become a signature event that will bring West Park and surrounding communities together.” Badd Kitti, Funkfest Curator, and Host.

 

Performances on the dance stage include Take It Away Dance, Swing Two, Penn Chinese Dance Club and more to be announced. The event will engage the young and seasoned in dance, art making, and other activities including narrated historical trolley tours through the Centennial District. Two performance stages, work by local artists, unique art installations, an Art/Craft Market and the offerings of diverse food vendors, make the West Park Arts Fest a must-attend event.

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Jane Golden, executive director of Mural Arts Philadelphia, says, “We are thrilled to be partnering with the Fairmount Park Conservancy and West Park Cultural Center to make the West Park Arts Fest exciting, impactful and creative. This festival has become a cornerstone event in Parkside, an area of the city where Mural Arts has long-standing ties. We look forward to dreaming up ways we can together bring art and murals to all who attend.”

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Fairmount Park Conservancy and Mural Arts Philadelphia join West Park Cultural Center as presenters advancing the festival’s mission to bring communities together in the park, promote greater awareness of the area’s history and heritage while celebrating the arts and cultural diversity of Philadelphia. The festival is made possible in significant part to the participation of many arts, cultural, and community partners from West Philadelphia and across Philadelphia including The Franklin Institute, Mann Center, The Philadelphia Zoo, Shofuso Japanese House and Garden, and many others.

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“Fairmount Park Conservancy is proud to partner with the West Park Cultural Center on the 2019 West Park Arts Fest,” said Ellen Ryan, Senior Director of Strategy and Planning. “The Arts Fest is a wonderful celebration of culture and Fairmount Park. The music, dance, crafts, and food add up to a great afternoon for families. Join us in the beautiful Centennial District.”

 

 

For more information please visit:

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Art For Life Philly Honors Jane Golden, Judy Brodsky and James Brantley!

On Saturday, November 3rd,  Danny Simmons, and Rush Arts 

invite you to the inaugural Art For Life Philadelphia!

 Honoring Jane Golden of Mural Arts; artist, printmaker, professor, art activist Judy Brodsky, and artist James Brantley at this years’ Art For Life Philadelphia at The Painted BrideJoin us at #ArtForLifePhilly as we celebrate our honorees; showcase the #ArtForLifePhilly Art Auction featuring works by Derrick AdamsRashid JohnsonShepard Fairey & more; and continue to expand and highlight those central to our Rush Arts Philly mission: the youth & artists that bring our work to life!

Saturday, November 3rd, 2018
The Painted Bride, Philadelphia, PA
6p Arrivals & Cocktails
7p  Program

For additional information or to purchase tickets visit:  http://rushphilanthropic.org/artforlifephilly/.

Rush Arts Philadelphia (RAP), a project of Rush Philanthropic Arts Foundation (RPAF), has announced the honorees for the 2018 ART FOR LIFE PHILLY benefit on November 3, 2018 at the Painted Bride Art Center in Philadelphia. It is the first time Art for Life is being held in Philadelphia. The honorees are Judith Brodsky, founder of the Brodsky Center which recently relocated to the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Art (PAFA) from Rutgers University; Philadelphia figure and portrait painter James Brantley; and Jane Golden, executive director of Mural Arts Philadelphia.

Artist, poet and philanthropist Danny Simmons founded RAP in 2016 after relocating his home to Philadelphia from Brooklyn, NY. Simmons decided to locate RAP in the Logan section of Philadelphia to spur a revitalization of the neighborhood through the arts. Since RAP’s founding the organization has offered visual and performing arts classes to children and adults, including free progressive, multi-week programs, and exhibitions that have provided exposure to emerging artists and curators of color, while also introducing the Logan residents to high-quality fine art. RAP has exhibition and programming partnerships with the Barnes Foundation, Art Sanctuary, PAFA, the African American Museum in Philadelphia (AMMP), and Mural Arts Philadelphia (MAP), among others.

For Art for Life Philly, Danny Simmons hopes to create a new cannot miss event, with a more accessible ticket price starting at $150. Donors can further support the event by purchasing art donated by visual artists for the occasion.

ART FOR LIFE PHILLY’s hosts are Angela and Vanessa Simmons, nieces of Danny Simmons.  Angela and Vanessa were recently elected to the board of RPAF. Manayunk real estate development and entrepreneur, and Angela and Vanessa’s colleague on the PRAF board Lenny Bazemore serves as co-host andJo-Jo Simmons will serve as honorary co-host.

For additional information or to purchase tickets visit:  http://rushphilanthropic.org/artforlifephilly/.

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Crochet Basics: This Saturday

In this series you will learn crochet techniques, step by step, starting at the beginning. Instructor: Yvanna.

$15/ bring your own supplies, $20/ all supplies included. (Sliding scale, pay what you can.)

Ages 12+.

Tulpehocken Exchange members save 10%.

Light refreshments served.

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Handmade Philly…

Something exciting is in the works…check back soon for details!

soon

 

Handmade at Amazon is Accepting Applications

Posted On June 26, 2015

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As promised, I am keeping up on Handmade at Amazon!

Well today I received an email encouraging me to apply to become a Handmade at Amazon Artisan.

“Handmade” is an invite only community so you have to complete an application. Right now, Handmade at Amazon is open to artisans who make Jewelry, Home products (Art, Baby Bedding, Bath, Bedding, Furniture, Home Décor, Kitchen & Dining, Lighting, Patio, Lawn & Garden, Storage & Organization), Party Supplies and Stationery.

The application is pretty straight forward and simple.  It asks the normal questions such as your business name, city, state, website, etc.  Then it gets into the nitty gritty asking questions such as:

  • What type of products do you sell?
  • How do you make them?
  • Are they indeed handmade or hand-altered?
  • How long have you been selling?
  • Where do you sell?
  • Do you sell at Craft Fairs?

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Mark Your Calendars – And Call for Vendors! CRAFT PHILA: Liberty Bell Fall Craft Show Celebrates American Handmade Wares

Posted On August 6, 2014

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Philly tourists can bypass the made-in-China liberty bell magnets and other cheaply-made tchotchkes marketed as “souvenirs!” Here’s a new craft show that highlights true sustainability – handcrafted items made in the U.S.A. and sold at the steps of Philadelphia freedom!

CRAFT PHILA: Liberty Bell is holding its first Fall show on Saturday, September 13, 10 a.m. – 7 p.m. and Sunday, September 14, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Presented at the epicenter of American History, surrounded by iconic monuments and greenery, the outdoor juried art fair is staged adjacent to the Liberty Bell Pavilion and Independence Mall. The historic destination welcomes up to 15,000 tourists a weekend according to the National Park Service.

76 independent artists will offer signed goods in a broad range of prices. Expect to see handcrafted jewelry, accessories, and wearables along with decorative and functional wares in a spectrum of contemporary styles. Craft specialties include ceramics, wood, glass, metal, fiber & leather, mixed-media, upcycled & recycled, soaps and candles. Featured in the visual art category are photography, prints, and graphic art.

This is the second installation of CRAFT PHILA, which premiered in June 2014. The event was conceived as public arts tradition and an opportunity for local, regional and national artists to reach a global audience in a famous historic setting.

A few spots are still available so contact the organizers to submit your work!

CRAFT PHILA’s original show and sale was located on 6th Street between Market and Chestnut and now expands onto Chestnut Street between 6th and 7th. Events are free to attend and will be held rain or shine. For more information, visit www.craftphila.org.

Fibered Up: The Tasting Room Ardmore Welcomes Handmade Philly (August 1)

The evening will include a trunk show featuring member Bonnie MacAllister’s works, and Handmade Philly members are invited to lead and participate in fiber demos including weaving and spinning. The public is invited to bring their current fiber projects (crochet, knit, woven, sewn squares of about 2 feet wide) that they are willing to contribute to decorate Ardmore and leave their creative mark in fiber. The event will culminate in live “yarn bombing.” All ages and skill levels are encouraged.

Details:
Friday, August 1
5:30-8:30
The Tasting Room
8 E. Lancaster Avenue
Ardmore, PA 19003

MacAllister led similar community building fiber events last year in Germantown.
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Read all about the event here.

Facebook event here

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