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The Urban Adventure

Transforming your urban space through art and design

Philadelphia, Pa (May 5, 2011) - On Wednesday, May 18th, 6:30pm - 9:00pm, The OldCity Business Collective and The Creative Corridor will host The Urban Adventure-Transforming your urban space through art and design, a panel discussion set to engage the public in creative place-making and inspire participation in re-envisioning city neighborhoods. This is an open invitation to artists, designers, entrepreneurs, developers and all members of the community to reclaim their cityscape.
The Urban Adventure will take a look at how art and design practices impact places where we live. By focusing on both cities-at-large and smaller pockets in the urban landscape, panel speakers will share their experiences of working on art and design initiatives, urban planning projects, and funding efforts, providing an in-depth view of how the visual arts and design can be fostered and integrated into a purposeful framework for better livability.

Designed to stimulate conversation within local communities, the moderated discussion will explore what steps need to be taken to implement art and design-based initiatives:How can individuals become active in shaping the cultural identity of their neighborhood or their district? What creative partnerships can benefit the local art and design scene?How do we attract new commerce for a creative economy? Why do people want to shop, gallery stroll, or seek entertainment here instead of going to a shopping mall or a large museum?

Caroline Tiger, Philadelphia based design & lifestyle journalist (Home & Design, Philadelphia Inquirer and Founder of design-phan), will moderate The Urban Adventure. Panel speakers include: Hilary Jay, Executive Director and Founder of DesignPhiladelphia; Gary Steuer, ChiefCultural Officer, City of Philadelphia, Susan Miller Davis, Public Art Consultant and FormerDirector of the Philadelphia Redevelopment Authority's Public Art Program; and MichelleShannon, Vice-President, Marketing & Communications of Center City District.

An opening reception will take place between 6:30 pm - 7:15pm, featuring live jazz music by John Ebbert of LB Entertainment. Appetizers and drinks provided by Triumph Brewery and Hopewell Valley and Neri Wine Cellars will be served.

Trust is generously sponsoring the space for the talk. Artist, Candy Depew's silk screen textile installation sponsored by Minima will be on-site. Donations at the door benefit the OldCity Business Collective's design and marketing initiatives.