March 28, 2016
Filed under Brainstorming Meetings, DO IT YOURSELF, Handmade Philly Events, Local Events, Local Organizations, Member Spotlight
Tags: Art, Arts & Crafts, center city, handmade, handmade philly, Liliglow Boutique, makers, Philadelphia, Philly, Philly Arts, Philly Etsy Team, philly events
1/ Please tell us a bit about your project?
Plus, the signage required by the city to identify a polling place is nothing more than a few pieces of paper taped up on the wall outside the door. If you didn’t know what you were looking for, you wouldn’t give it a second glance.
It doesn’t have to be this way! What if we could transform Election Day from something frustrating into something fun?
Our idea is simple. Election Day should be an experience. Instead of boring, confusing signs, let’s use bright, vibrant artwork to identify our polling places. Can artists and performers make Election Day in Philadelphia a little more colorful? We vote yes!
By commissioning more than 50 local artists to create large signs that say “Vote Here” in both English and Spanish, we’ll make it easier for people to find their polling places on Election Day. Plus, we’ll be hiring local musicians and performers to dance, sing, and drum at selected polling places. With art, we aim to make the voting process less confusing AND more enjoyable.
2/ Tell us more about yourself.
Her areas of expertise include nonprofit communication, storytelling, fund development, and millennial engagement strategy. Since 2010, she has held director-level positions in a variety of Philadelphia-based organizations, most recently at the EHL Consulting Group and the Philadelphia Film Society.
Before receiving her M.S. in Leadership for Social Change from the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Social Policy and Practice, she completed an AmeriCorps Year of Service in Providence, Rhode Island. An active supporter of the arts, Lansie is the founder of Philly Give & Get, Secretary of the Charlotte Cushman Foundation, Communication Co-Chair at The Spruce Foundation, and a member of the Curtis Crescendo Club. Her go-to karaoke song is “This Is How We Do It” by Montell Jordan.
3/ Will these signs be reused each year?
4/ What is your plan for loss prevention?
5/ Is your project a non profit or for profit? Where will proceeds from this project be spent?
6/ Will each artist be paid?
7/ Additional comments?
That’s right. Despite the internet making registration and finding your polling place easier than ever, voter turnout has been dropping year after year. In fact, across the country voter turnout is the lowest its been in 72 years. Here in Philadelphia, during the recent Mayoral primary only 27% of registered voters go out to the polls, which means that 27% of the electorate made a pretty huge decision for the rest of us.
And just like eating 27% of a cheesesteak or running up 27% of the Art Museum steps, that’s just not good enough.
There are many reasons why folks don’t show up to vote on election day. Here’s a big one: polling places can be located in parks, schools, office buildings, churches, and more. The signage required by the city is nothing more than a few pieces of paper taped up on the wall outside the door. If you didn’t know what you were looking for, you wouldn’t give it a second glance. Plain, out-of-the-way polling locations combined with puny signage can make finding your way a real pain. It makes voting difficult, when it should be great.
That’s why we started Next Stop: Democracy!, a public art project to improve the voting experience in Philadelphia.
Kickstarter page for this project: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/306238411/next-stop-democracy-60-signs-60-artists-1-city
Kelly Kozma’s mixed media show is currently on exhibit at Paradigm Gallery, located at 746 S. 4th Street, right down on Fabric Row. We are excited to check out the show but equally excited about the class Kelly is going to be leading!
FREE SUNDAY ART CLASS
Mixed Media Techniques with Kelly Kozma
Sunday June 7, 2015 • 12pm, 2pm, 4pm*
Make sure to reserve your spot on Ticketleap:
All supplies will be provided for you at the gallery. Sessions will start on the hour at 12:00pm, 2:00pm, and 4:00pm. Check out more of Kelly’s work and get some inspiration here: http://www.kellykozma.com/
All works made in this free art class will be exhibited in our annual Community Arts Project Exhibition this winter and will be sold for $20 each. 100% of funds will support future free art class programming.
January’s meeting will be held in South Philadelphia at Jed Williams Gallery.
Date: January 19th
Time: 3-5 pm
Address: Jed Williams Gallery, 615 Bainbridge Street. Phila.
Bring a snack to share! BYOB (or Wine).
Bring something you’ve made, or bring a Work In Progress.
Looking forward to catching up with you, and for those of you I have not met, I’m looking forward to meeting you!
*Note (call for volunteer): We are looking for someone to take photos at the meeting, and to post about the meeting afterwards, on our blog.
Also, if anyone is interested in leading a skill share, please let me know and I can try to bring supplies!
Please be sure to RSVP if you have a FB account. https://www.facebook.com/events/786491068044878/?ref_newsfeed_story_type=regular
May 16, 2013
Filed under Gift Guides, Local Events, Local Organizations, Member Spotlight, Shops & Galleries
Tags: a Stitch in Design, Art, Community, Craft, creative challenge, Design, Events, gift, gift guide, gifts, handmade, handmade philly, italian market, italian visitors center
Danni Morinich, a member of Handmade Philly was given the opportunity to create a soap for The Italian Market Visitors Center. She lives in the neighborhood, she was not only honored to be asked, but so pleased at the result.
If you’re in the neighborhood for the Italian Festival Saturday, May 18th and Sunday, May 19th, stop by and see how she worked with the Italian Market Visitors Center to create a soap with an appearance that pays homage to the originators of the market in fragrances that are a nod to the importance of food in the market.
These gems make perfect gifts for the tourist, the foodie or those who still call Philly home while taking up residence elsewhere.
This soap is available exclusively at the Italian Market Visitors Center 919 S. 9th Street (Just south of 9th and Christian between Montrose Street and Salter Street (215) 278-2903.
Niesha Kennedy-Robinson is a lover of things handmade. Besides being a wife and a mother, she is the owner and operator of Wee Bit Trendy, a small online shop that provides Handmade Faux Treats for Baby. She loves DIY (why buy when you can DIY), and doing PR for Sharp with Art Group and West Park Arts Festival