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DesignPhiladelphia, a signature event of the Center for Architecture and Design, is currently seeking a program assistant for the 2021 Festival. This is a perfect position for someone who is very detail-oriented and wants to meet lots of people in the Philadelphia design community. The ideal candidate will be able to efficiently organize multiple pieces of information and provide customer service to our 100+ festival event partners.    Tasks and responsibilities include:  Maintaining up-to-date database of all event partner event listing details. Reach out to and support event partners about their event listing details. Support event partners with website troubleshooting. Work with Development Director to organize information for all sponsors (signed contract, logo, ads, blog articles etc.) in appropriate folders.Work with communications and graphics team to schedule social media and organize content in appropriate folders. Coordination of volunteers; this includes: managing volunteer sign-up form submissions; scheduling and connecting volunteers; organizing volunteer breakfast; and providing all evaluation tools and training to volunteers. Implement post-festival survey for attendees and event partners. Work with communications and graphics team to collect and organize information for festival wrap report.Download and organize festival photographs. Work with Cherry Street Pier event and exhibition logistics team on festival load-in/load-out and throughout Festival at Cherry Street Pier. ... Read more »


An Interactive Installation by Synesthetic Research and Design LabFebruary 19 – March 6, 2021 January 29, 2021 (Philadelphia, PA) – HOT•BED is pleased to present Synesthesia, an interactive installation by Severino Alfonso and Loukia Tsafoulia of the Synesthetic Research and Design Lab at Thomas Jefferson University. The project is the inaugural exhibition at MICRO•GALLERY, a new experimental space within HOT•BED (723 Chestnut Street). This presentation will mark the first public preview of Synesthesia before it leaves to be exhibited at the renowned ECC Architecture Biennale in Venice, Italy (May-November 2021). Synesthesia stems from Alfonso and Tsafoulia’s extensive scholarly work at The Lab, which serves as a collaborative research and prototyping platform where interactive design and emergent health sciences meet. The immersive installation investigates the relationships and intersections where responsive environments and design meet; a manifestation of abstracted bodily data, projected back onto an analog domain. Synesthesia will be on view to the public by appointment only from February 19 – March 6, 2021. Synesthesia’s bulbous, tent-like form is made of textile, aluminum and fiberglass poles and 3D printed components, designed to draw the viewer in. Abstractions dance across the installation’s soft and ambient dormant state, only activated by communal participation.... Read more »

New Curriculum Nurtures Undergrads’ Creative Side

Jefferson prepares students to navigate a rapidly evolving work environment. The Story of the Blues. Beekeeping 101. Zen and the Art of Chocolate. Plan Your Dream Trip to Italy. The Mane Talk: A Walkthrough on Black/African American Hair. Through an eclectic mix of workshops like these, all Jefferson freshmen had their first taste of Jefferson’s Creativity Core Curriculum this past semester. The new curriculum aims to cultivate a confident and flexible student mindset, says Maribeth Kradel-Weitzel, assistant provost for academic affairs. Working with a transdisciplinary University team, she spent two years planning and developing the curriculum, which will guide students through the Fourth Industrial Revolution and the rapidly evolving future of work. “Jefferson is an incredibly forward-thinking institution that’s considering what a student’s career will be like, not in 2022, but in 2040 or 2050,” says Kradel-Weitzel, also director of the new MS in health communication design program. “We’re thinking about the longevity of a student’s career and how we can best prepare them to be adaptable leaders.” In one drawing workshop, students made Zentangles, which can enhance mindfulness and decrease stress. Featuring three main components, the curriculum is based on the University’s long-standing commitment to its award-winning Nexus Learning approach and its Hallmarks Core that have resulted in... Read more »

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