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Hilary Jay

DesignPhiladelphia: Spotlighting the Creative Community
by Hilary Jay, 1 Oct 2008

DesignPhiladelphia 2008 is scheduled for October 16th – 22nd. Nearly every event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Project Manager Beth Van Why at 215-951-5338 or [email protected].


Philadelphia has caught the eye of America's cool-hunters. The national media is reporting on our ever-burgeoning wealth of academic and cultural institutions, the dynamic work of professional practices, and the independent retailers and galleries that are cropping up throughout the city. We are emerging as a 21st century metropolis, pulsing with creative energy. To celebrate this surge, DesignPhiladelphia arose in 2004 to unite the businesses, academic institutions, and professional associations that are both driven by and contributing to this growth.

DesignPhiladelphia: Spotlighting the Creative Community

DesignPhiladelphia is an umbrella organization and cultural initiative administered by The Design Center at Philadelphia University. Approximately 160,000 people attended these citywide events last year including residents of Metropolitan Philadelphia, as well as students, professionals and consumers working, studying and living within the Mid-Atlantic States. In addition, some 450,000 others came into contact with DesignPhiladelphia information through our Website (www.designphiladelphia.org), event catalog, posters, bus shelters and magazine advertisements.

From October 16-22, 2008, more than 80 participants – from the Philadelphia Museum of Art to Laurel Hill Cemetery; retail emporium Minima to The Marketplace Design Center; Wexler Gallery to Bahdee Bahdu; Qb architects to Bressler design group – offer exhibitions, book signings, workshops, symposia, hardhat tours, and open studios, all related to creativity, innovation and design. The focus is on design with a capital "D" and showcases the disciplines of architecture, graphic design, product design, textiles, fashion, multimedia and urban design. Our mission is to enlighten the public about the breadth and depth of visionary work taking place behind closed doors, to promote student retention, and foster business growth. Clearly, we are making a case for the overall economic impact that innovative professions are having here. They are at the heart of this region's dramatic urban renewal.

DesignPhiladelphia: Spotlighting the Creative Community

Now entering its fourth year, DesignPhiladelphia is making a significant contribution in telling the story of the rising creative vibrancy in Philadelphia. Turn regularly to www.designphiladelphia.org for a complete guide to the extensive events taking place this year. Participant programs will be updated daily through October.

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