Continuing Education Information Session – May 7

Join us on Tuesday, May 7 (5:30 – 7:00pm) to learn more about our certificates and courses offered this summer.

Presentations at 5:45pm and 6:30pm provide the opportunity to hear a general overview about the many certificate programs and classes available – then meet faculty and current students, enjoy refreshments and get your questions answered. New students who attend the info session receive a 10% tuition discount off their first summer course.

We provide high quality courses in digital technology, art + design, photography, writing, music + movement,  and more!  If you are thinking about a career change, developing a portfolio, moving up within your company, exploring a new media, or learning an instrument, we have options to suit many types of students.

Please RSVP to or call 215.717.6095. We look forward to meeting you!

International Festival – Sat May 11 @ Sister Cities Park

Philadelphia is lucky enough to call 10 cities around the globe its sister cities and on Saturday, May 11 Sister Cities Park celebrates each one of its sister’s cultures with a daylong free festival. 

Photo by B. Krist for GPTMC

Philadelphia’s sister cities include Florence, Italy; Tel Aviv, Israel; Torun, Poland; Tianjin, China; Incheon, Korea; Douala, Cameroon; and Aix-en-Provence, France.

Truly transport yourself across the country with a number of activities.

Speak in a foreign tongue with mini language lessons or learn to cook authentic meals at cooking demonstrations.

Music, dancing, wine tastings and interactive activities hailing from each sister city are also set to take over Sister Cities Park.

Performers include dancers from the Guang Hua Chinese School, music from the Italian Consul, Taiko Drummers from Japan, a Cameroonian fashion show, ballet and folk dances, a DJ and more.

The park, home to a casual cafe, boat pond, grassy areas and a fountain, is open daily and home to frequent special events and family-friendly activities.

Sister Cities Park International Festival
When: Saturday, May 11, noon – 5 pm  |  Rain Date: Sunday, May 12
Where: Sister Cities Park, 18th Street + Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Cost: Free!
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Responsive Design – Talk on Apr 23

Living Responsively: Creating Websites that Work Across Devices

Tuesday, April 23:   5 pm – 9 pm

Embassy Suites Center City, 1776 Benjamin Franklin Parkway

The web has gone portable. With some estimates indicating that 20% of web traffic originates from mobile phones and tablets, you can no longer risk alienating the mobile population. But how do you design and build a future-proof website when the devices, screen-sizes and operating systems keep changing, seemingly every few months?

This non-technical presentation will discuss, in layman’s terms, best-practices approaches to creating portable, scalable websites. From concepts like fluid design, responsive design and modular design, to the implementation of effective content strategy and site architecture, they ’ll explain what you need to be aware of, pitfalls to avoid and how to get the most out of your web investment.

Philly Tech Week 2013 – April 20 – 27

Philly Tech Week is a week-long celebration of technology and innovation in Philadelphia.

This annual collection of events is intended to grow the impact of our innovative region through programming focused on technology, collaboration and improving Philadelphia.

Here are a few featured events – be sure to check out the full schedule!

Powering Creativity, Technology and Community
Monday, April 22: 12 – 6 pm
3848 Lancaster Avenue – a wonderful afternoon of food, fun, art, dialogue, business and music!
Refreshments at 12:45 pm

1:30 pm to 2:30 pm – Discussion on Technology, Creativity and Community, featuring Gary Steuer, Alex Hillman, Aviva Kapust, Rakia Reynolds and others

3 pm to 4 pm – Discussion on Technology, Digital Arts and Entrepreneurship, featuring Curran Swint, Johny Rabbit, Cheldin Barlatt Rumer, DJ Phsh and others

Reception at 4 pm

4 pm to 6 pm – PEC Youth activities including Comcast Digital Connectors and Teen Technology Networks. Music, prizes and giveaways sponsored by VILLA, with a special guest appearance by the artist FREEWAY


“Geek Out” First Person Arts Story Slam
Tuesday, April 23: 7 pm – 9 pm
L’Etage, 624 South 6th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19147

Come tell your personal five-minute story inspired with the theme of “Geek Out.”  Regular admission tickets to StorySlams at L’Etage are only available at the door. Doors open at 7:30 pm. The Slam starts at 8:30 pm. Tickets are $10 or $8 for First Person Arts members. At a typical Slam, doors open at 7:30 pm and usually these prime seats are gone by 7:35 pm!



“Developing Philly” World Premiere

Wednesday, Apr 24: 6:30 – 8:30 pm
Venturef0rth, 417 N. 8th St., Philadelphia, PA 19123

Developing Philly Still

Check out the first two episodes of the upcoming web series about the rise of the Philadelphia innovation community, Developing Philly. Stick around for Q & A with co-producers David Thomas and Maurice Gaston with special guests Elliot Menschik and Meredith Broussard.

And many more talks, events, panels, workshops and more – including themes in technology such as:  access/policy, arts/creative, media/transparency, entrepreneurship, design and development.

Designing for Users – Apr 23

Useful, Usable + Desirable: Designing for Users – lecture as part of Philly Tech Week

Tuesday, April 23: 12 pm – 1:30 pm

Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce G. Fred DiBona Jr.
200 South Broad St, #700, Philadelphia, PA 19102


Useful, Usable + Desirable: Designing for Users, presented by Jessica Ivins, Sr. UX Specialist at AWeber

This session will explore the fundamentals of user experience. Explore industry best practices and examples of websites that solve real problems for real people. There are many tools and disciplines within user experience, from content strategy to information architecture to user research. By understanding these tools and when to use them, and by understanding the context of each design problem we are faced with, begin to understand how to utilize design thinking and creating user experiences that are useful, usable and desirable.

Philadelphia International Festival of the Arts (PIFA) – Street Fair April 27

On a beautiful day in 2011, I took one of my typical strolls in the city, enjoying spring, planning to meet up with friends at the first PIFA street festival. I wasn’t sure what to expect; I assumed this would be much like other street festivals, which I love, but I was extremely impressed at the incredible style and elegance of the PIFA fest – and still loads of fun, too. The highlight were those incredible acrobats playing bells dangling above Broad Street – it was ethereal, athletic, surreal, beautiful, mesmerizing. The 2011 PIFA street fair drew thousands and great crowds are expected to this year’s event on April 27.  I can’t wait to be surprised and delighted yet again.

PIFA 2011 Street Fair (image courtesy of Kimmel Center/PIFA)

Though the Philadelphia International Festival of the Arts has just begun, everyone is anticipating the blockbuster daylong Street Fair set to close out the festival in a big way  – Saturday, April 27 on Broad Street from Chestnut to South streets, 11 am to 7 pm.

This free fair will transform the Avenue of the Arts with an eight-hour extravaganza of non-stop festivities ranging from street musicians and performers to food vendors and exhibitors.

The majestic performers suspended above Broad at the last PIFA street fest. (Images courtesy of the Kimmel Center)

This year’s entertainment lineup will include classic carnival rides like a Ferris Wheel and Galleon, a number of grassy areas, a petting zoo, jungle gyms and tons more family-friendly activities. Plus, the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts will be open all day with food and drinks by Garces Catering and free performances in Time Travel Plaza.

Check out the interactive time machine installation, concerts throughout the day on the just-for-PIFA plaza stage and, at 7 pm, watch for the newly commissioned Flash of Time musical, set in and around the time machine.

If the 2011 fair is any indication, thousands will turn out for this lively affair. See you there!

PIFA Street Fair
When: Saturday, April 27, 11 am – 7 pm
Where: Broad Street from Chestnut to South Streets
Cost: Free
More info:

Art Unleashed: April 10 – 13

Art lovers of all levels and tastes can find new works for their homes or offices – and support young artists at the same time – at Art Unleashed, an exhibition and sale of artwork in all media from talented University of the Arts students, faculty and alumni. This exciting event opened last night to a ticketed preview crowd to help raise money to support the University’s Sam S. McKeel Promising Young Artists Scholarship Fund. Now you can attend for free and check out – and BUY – lots of great work still available for purchase and to further support so many talented young students.

From cutting-edge contemporary jewelry to ceramics, photography, crafts, furniture, painting, sculpture and illustration, Art Unleashed showcases the finest work from established and emerging artists.

Browse the 2013 gallery, which is being updated daily. For additional questions about the  Art Unleashed exhibit, please contact 215-717-6140 or at

Behind the Pantone Chip

Understanding color is one of the most important tools an artist and designer has to communicate. Grasping the nuances of color and finding the exact match becomes so very critical to sharing your vision with a larger group. All of us turn to our pantone chips to get the exactness we crave and these pantone chips become our shared, universal language. But where did the pantone system come from? In a recent New York Times article, as part of their “Who Made That” series, they go behind the pantone chip.

From the New York Times Magazine (Feb 22, 2013)

From the New York Times, Feb 22, 2013, “Lawrence Herbert drove to work in a blue Cadillac with cherry red seats, he mulled over a problem: How to create a ‘universal language’ of color. Herbert, the owner of the Pantone printing company, had just produced a retail display card that helped shoppers choose pantyhose. He had to hand-mix the subtle beiges of each swatch, because it was so difficult to buy the exact shade he wanted from an ink manufacturer.”  Read more here.

Corzo Center Presents Online Marketing Strategies Talk – Apr 11 @ UArts

Whether you work for a tiny non-profit arts organization, a large museum, a comprehensive design firm, small business… really any place that is building a brand and communicating a message to an audience, you probably feel like online marketing can seem a bit mysterious. It is difficult to navigate your options and know what is truly worth your time and investment to yield the greatest return.  Learn how to run email marketing, digital marketing,and SEO campaigns on a limited budget at this presentation by Aaron McLean, co-founder and COO of Eight Eleven Inc., a leading Philadelphia marketing technology agency.

Thursday, April 11 at 7:30 pm – 211 S. Broad Street, Room 511-13, Philadelphia.  Free and open to the public.  RSVP at
The Corzo Center for the Creative Economy at the University of the Arts links creative arts, business and innovation.  The Center was formed to keep art where it belongs — at the center of a society and an economy that requires ideas and imagination. Guided by the belief that entrepreneurship is both a form of business innovation and a form of public and social action, its programs provide artists, performers and media makers the tools they need to control their economic lives. 

Art Unleashed – UArts Art Exhibition + Sale

Art lovers of all levels and tastes can find new works for their homes or offices – and support young artists at the same time – at Art Unleashed, an exhibition and sale of artwork in all media from talented University of the Arts students, faculty and alumni. This exciting event helps raise money to support the University’s Sam S. McKeel Promising Young Artists Scholarship Fund.

Work is exhibited and available for purchase from April 10 – 13.  Tickets are required for the preview party event.

From cutting-edge contemporary jewelry to ceramics, photography to crafts, furniture, painting, sculpture and illustration, Art Unleashed showcases the finest work from established and emerging artists. This year’s edition spotlights the work of two renowned alumni artists: glass artist Dan Dailey BFA ’69 (Crafts) and illustrator Jerry Pinkney DIPL ’60 (Advertising Design). Both are internationally recognized in their fields and winners of multiple honors for their work.

Purchase your tickets for the preview party today and be sure to browse the 2013 gallery, which is being updated daily. For additional questions about the upcoming Art Unleashed exhibit, please contact us at 215-717-6140 or at