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Continuing Education Spring 2018 Info Session

Attend the Spring Info Session
Wednesday, January 10, 2018 | 6 - 7:30pm
Terra Hall, 9th Floor, Room 905, 211 S. Broad Street Philadelphia, PA 19107

Expand your creativity through courses in Art + Design, Digital Design, Photography, Writing, Music, Dance, Social Media, Theater, and more. Our curriculum provides an accelerated, in-depth learning experience taught by talented working professionals who emphasize practical knowledge and skills through a project-based approach.

Attendees are eligible for a 10% tuition discount for one Spring 2018 Continuing Education course. (New students only; No retroactive refunds will be given).

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Case Study: Building a Website to Pitch City of Philadelphia for Amazon

This high profile project had multiple stakeholders, a compressed timeline and an immovable launch date . Learn how we flipped our entire design process to make it all work.
-Designing with no content
-Time crunch and decision making
-Knowing when to compromise and when to hold your ground
This event is FREE. You can RSVP through TicketLeap here.
Marc Coleman

Marc Coleman

President / Chief Executive Officer, The Tactile Group

Marc is the founder, chief executive officer, and president of The Tactile Group. A highly motivated serial entrepreneur, he has more than two decades of experience in creative direction, design, business management, and client relations.

Marc is an innovative leader who knows the power of teamwork. He inspires collaboration by building widely diverse and effective teams of designers, programmers, and other IT-professionals to meet the specific needs of clients. He is also the driving force in developing business relations and The Tactile Group’s artistic vision. As a Philadelphia native, Marc is passionate about his Tactile Group team and about inspiring and training Philadelphia youth as the future generation of technology leaders and innovators.

With a diverse staff of 16 in 2016, the firm’s mission states “Designed to give a damn, we actively seek work whose goal is to improve the quality of life for all people.” The company’s clients include the U.S. Department of Education, the City of Philadelphia, Philadelphia International Airport, PGW, the City of Boston, The University of Pennsylvania, small and medium size not-for-profits, and professional corporations including attorneys and architects.  

Marc serves on the Boards of the Philadelphia Merchants Fund and the William Way LGBT Community Center. He is a member of the Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce, the Philadelphia African-American Chamber of Commerce, and the Independence Business Alliance. His agency, The Tactile Group, is a certified Minority Business Enterprise via NMSDC, an 8(a) certified business through the U.S. Small Business Administration, and an LGBT Business Enterprise as certified by the National Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce (NGLCC). Marc was trained in electrical engineering at Princeton University and architecture at Temple University. He also was a leading member of Cohort 2 in 2013 of the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses program. Starting his own business as a DJ in live music venues and on the radio while a university student, he handled promotions and advertising, developing graphic design-based guerrilla marketing solutions in an age before the internet. Transitioning to a second business, owning and managing a Center City Philadelphia bed and breakfast, Marc was responsible for all promotions and marketing and business management, as well as property management and maintenance.  The business was transformed into a home-based graphic design and photography studio, Tactile Design Group, in 2004, developing products for print for a variety of clients, including retail establishments, not-for-profits, and small business organizations. Web design and development became the predominant product as Marc hired his first staff and moved to a small office in Philadelphia’s Midtown Village in 2007. Reflecting its growth into a broad-based digital agency, the company began doing business as The Tactile Group in 2012.

Marc relaxes with the occasional video game, and he and his husband enjoy travel, fine food and wine, camping in Pennsylvania’s Endless Mountains, and spending time with family and good friends. His snark factor can go from 0 to 11 in 3.7 seconds.

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Winter/Spring 2018 Happy Hour

Join Us! Meet your classmates or learn more about our programs at the Continuing Education Happy Hour.

Monday, February 26 4-6 p.m.
Tavern on Broad
200 S Broad St.
Philadelphia, PA 19102
All current Continuing Education students are invited to join us for appetizers and drink specials. First round is on us!
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Categories: Continuing Education
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Definitely Maybe: GDLOFT (2016-2018)

GDLOFT talks about winning the Print Magazine Regional Design Award and Grand Prize, and what drives their design firm beyond the pursuit of clients. This talk will cover running a design studio, what working in their firm is like, and the partnerships they’ve built.

This event is FREE. You can RSVP here.

Allan Espiritu

Allan Espiritu

Allan Espiritu
Partner, Creative Director,  GDLOFT
Associate professor, Rutgers University

Allan Espiritu is a Philadelphia based graphic designer and educator. Espiritu received his BA in graphic design from Rutgers University, Camden Campus and his MFA in graphic design from Yale University, School of Art. He is the founder of GDLOFT, a small collaborative design studio made up of photographers, fine artists, students, designers and (aspiring) competitive food eaters, focusing on design for educational, arts and cultural and non-profit institutions. GDLOFT’s work has been published and acknowledged by AIGA, GDUSA, UCDA, Graphis, Communication Arts, Print Magazine, HOW, STEP, and Art Directors Club. His work has also appeared in Gestalten and Rockport publications. In 2017, Espiritu was included in the Barnes Museum’s critically acclaimed show Person of the Crowd.  He is an active member of AIGA Philadelphia, serving as president in 2013 and most recently he was named the 2017 AIGA Philadelphia Fellow, the chapter’s highest honor given to a member. Mr. Espiritu heads the graphic design concentration at Rutgers University, Camden Campus.

Kevin Kernan

Kevin Kernan

Principal, Art Director and Managing Director, GDLOFT

Kevin Kernan is a principal at GDLOFT, overseeing project management,  business development, and art direction. Kevin has an extensive background in print production, social media, and web design, having worked with Current Medicine/Current Science, Philadelphia City Paper, and Drexel University. He received his BA in graphic design from Rutgers University-Camden and holds a master’s degree in Arts Administration from Drexel University, where he specialized in working with nonprofit organizations and universities. Kernan’s work has been published and acknowledged by AIGA, Print Magazine, GDUSA, UCDA, Telly Awards, Creative Quarterly, Print Magazine, and TED.

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Priority Application Deadline

Applications for our MEd programs are reviewed on a rolling basis with priority given to those who apply before March 1st to join the summer's cohort.

Categories: MEd
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Using Motion Graphics and Adobe After Effects in the Industry

Interested in how Motion Graphics and Adobe After Effects are being used in the design industry?

Tim Moyer will showcase examples including:

- Example case studies that articulate complex interaction models to development teams when Axure and other software did not have the feature support needed
- How he created short videos and ads to get stakeholder buy-in to help fund larger projects
- How he used motion graphics for a Kickstarter video to fund start of Rooster Soup Co.
- How a team is using AfterEffects & Premiere to build assets of VR/immersive experiences, where these features are +  where the field is headed, and why it matters
- When to consider using Adobe After Effects, and when it is not a good idea - he'll show a cost-benefit analysis of leveraging motion graphics within a business context
Learn more about Tim Moyer.
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Travel Writing: JoAnn Greco

This event is FREE. You can RSVP here.

JoAnn Greco

JoAnn Greco

JoAnn Greco strives to present a “sense of place” through the prism of her special interest in the urban built environment. Her articles focusing on architecture, parks, neighborhood revitalization, and hotel development has appeared in National Geographic Traveler, Washington Post, Globe and Mail, National Parks, Metropolis,  Interiors, Art & Antiques,, Philadelphia Style, and Hospitality Design. She also owns and edits, an online magazine dedicated to urban destinations. She is also Editor in Chief of the forthcoming quarterly print magazine, Interiors Philadelphia, which focuses on residential design in the region.

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PMA Social Media Coordinator Caitlin Mahony: Effective Digital Marketing Strategies

Caitlin Mahony

Caitlin Mahony

Caitlin Mahony
Social Media Coordinator
Philadelphia Museum of Art

Caitlin Mahony has a Bachelor of Business Administration in Marketing from Loyola University Maryland. She currently oversees social media, email marketing, video marketing, and social media advertising at the Philadelphia Museum of Modern Art. With over 7 years of experience, she excels at creating engaging content and making art relatable to a wide range of audiences.

Caitlin joins us to discuss effective social media marketing strategies.

This talk is FREE and open to the public.

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Public Reading: Mary Ellen Driscoll: The Smartest Kid in the Room

The Smartest Kid in the Room

Sharp, funny Congressional aide thinks she has it together – until events lead to a night in the D.C. drunk tank and show her and boss Congresswoman Chris Nolan that’s not the case. Chris orders Bernadette home to her blue-collar Philadelphia neighborhood for a six-month “rehabilitation assignment” as interim program director for a small non-profit, which forces Bernadette to confront family expectations, her fears about herself … and the man she left behind 18 years earlier.

Mary Ellen Driscoll

Mary Ellen Driscoll

Philadelphia native Mary Ellen Driscoll is an award-winning writer and business communicator, actress and a former game show champion.

Currently, she is the editor for PJM’s Inside Lines, the external blog for the nation’s largest electric grid operator. PJM operates the electric grid for all or part of 13 states and the District of Columbia, serving more than 65 million electric customers.

In 2003, she was honored by the International Association of Business Communicators for her work on The Connection, a bi-weekly 12,000-employee circulation 16-page print and electronic newspaper for Exelon Energy Delivery. The honored work was a special section on the difficulty of obtaining work-life balance in a 24/7 business.

Prior to working in the electric utility field, Driscoll was a legislative aide for the U.S. House Education and Labor Committee and an award-winning sportswriter.

Among her voiceover appearance is a series of videos for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania’s Department of Public Welfare. She has appeared in The Mighty Macs as the Mississippi State Assistant Coach and The Happening, as the woman passenger who witnesses the lions ripping apart a man’s arms. Saying “Mother of God, what kind of terrorists are these?” to Mark Wahlberg is her big moment.

At one point, she was the all-time leading female money winner on Tic-Tac-Dough, winning $54,450 in cash and prizes. Game show victories afforded her the chance to travel. She especially recommends the Air France cuisine en route to Tahiti.

She did, however lose on Jeopardy.

Like her parents before her, she is genetically wired to understand that the Philadelphia Phillies exist only to break her heart.

Her favorite actresses are Barbara Stanwyck, Myrna Loy and Dame Judi Dench, whose hairstyle she strives to imitate.

Driscoll is currently working on several screen and television projects, including Maggie Sandwich, a limited-run television series, and The Heart of the Order, a story of minor-league baseball.

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John Caperton from The Print Center

John Caperton

John Caperton


JOHN CAPERTON, Jensen Bryan Curator

John Caperton has curated more than forty exhibitions for The Print Center since 2007, which have included the work of Edna Andrade, Jennifer Bornstein, Lucas Foglia, Katie Grinnan, Demetrius Oliver, Justine Kurland, Gabriel Martinez, Hirsch Perlman, Emma Wilcox and Bill Walton. Recent publications include Emma Wilcox: Where it FallsEdna Andrade: Color Motion. He was on the curatorial team and in the publication of Philagrafika 2010: The Graphic Unconscious, a citywide contemporary art festival. Caperton oversees a number of The Print Center’s public programs, including its Artists-in-Schools Program, which places teaching artists in classrooms in Philadelphia public high schools. He moderated the keynote panel for the 2010 Southern Graphics Conference and participated in the Curatorial Intensive program of Independent Curators International. Caperton received his BA in Art History at the University of Chicago and was the Exhibitions Coordinator at Locks Gallery, Philadelphia where he organized exhibitions with artists Virgil Marti, Polly Apfelbaum, Thomas Chimes, Eileen Neff and Clare Rojas. He has also held positions at the Association for Public Art, Philadelphia and the Anderson Gallery at Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA as well as guest curating exhibitions in Philadelphia.

Terra Hall
Connelly Auditorium, 8th Floor
211 S Broad St,
Philadelphia, PA 19107
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Spring 2018 Variety Show

Join us for an evening of readings, performances, and art presented by our talented students.

This event is FREE and open to the public. Light refreshments will  be served.

CE Variety Show Spring 2018
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Summer 2018 Info Session

Attend the Summer Info Session
Wednesday, May 9, 2018 | 6 - 7:30pm
Terra Hall, 9th Floor, Room 905, 211 S. Broad Street Philadelphia, PA 19107

Expand your creativity through courses in Art + Design, Digital Design, Photography, Writing, Music, Dance, Social Media, Theater, and more. Our curriculum provides an accelerated, in-depth learning experience taught by talented working professionals who emphasize practical knowledge and skills through a project-based approach.

Attendees are eligible for a 10% tuition discount for one Summer 2018 Continuing Education course. (New students only; No retroactive refunds will be given).

RSVPs are not required but preferred. Please email us at  or call us at 215.717.6006 to RSVP.

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Teaching Artist Symposium: Building Your Toolkit

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Teaching Artist Symposium: Building Your Toolkit

Saturday, June 23, 2018
The University of the Arts Campus, Terra Hall (211 S.Broad Street, Philadelphia PA 19102)
$25 for full day of activities, includes lunch - Register Now

Teaching artists have brought their creative knowledge to K–12 classrooms, but there are many new opportunities for artists to engage communities that are outside of the traditional classroom. This symposium will introduce practitioners to experts in the fields of restorative practice, inclusion, creative aging, and even municipal government. Reconsider how your artistic practice can be transferred into these new learning settings. We will showcase practical tools and skills to support your development in these areas; through panel discussions and breakout sessions, we’ll explore the ways that you can expand your network and build your teaching toolkit.

The Symposium will feature a keynote address from Eric Booth and a day of programming at The University of the Arts. The event is made possible by The University of the Arts, Mural Arts Philadelphia and the Stockton Rush Bartol Foundation.

Your ticket will include coffee in morning, lunch and a happy hour reception at the end of the event.


Why Attend?

• Build your network
• Learn more about creative aging, inclusion, juvenile justice, and government
• Meet expert practitioners in the teaching artist field
• Learn about Advanced Learning Opportunities including the UArts Teaching Artist Certificate Program
• Identify populations where you see need and develop partnerships and programs for them


8:30-9:00 AM  

Registration check-in; Welcome + Coffee Reception

9:00-9:45 AM

Dancing with Donuts - a Creative Movement Experience with Teresa VanDenend Sorge, Creative Dance Specialist


Keynote Speaker: Eric Booth

11:00 AM–12:30 PM                 

Panel: Imagine the Possibilities: Teaching Artists Working in Alternative Spaces - New Opportunities in the Field of Teaching Artistry
Panel Moderator: Beth Feldman Brandt, Stockton Rush Bartol Foundation
  • Charlie Miller, Deputy Director Art-Reach
  • Rachel Barnard, PAIR Artist in Residence
  • Annie Montegomery, Director of Education Lifetime Arts, Inc.
  • Erika Guadalupe Nunez, Artist in Residence & Facilitator Juntos
  • Michael O'Bryan, Director of Youth and Young Adult Programs at The Village of Arts and Humanities
Panel will address questions such as:
  • What do you need to do this work?
  • What do you need to be successful doing this work?
  • What kind of expansion from school practice?
12:30–1:45 PM

Topic Lunch featuring experts and specialists

2:00 PM + 3:00 PM

Working with Older Adults with Lifetime Arts, Inc. - Annie Montegomery, Director of Education and Nathan Majoros, Program Director

City Partnerships: Rachel Barnard, PAIR Artist in Residence and Diya Vij, Co-Director, Public Artists in Residence, NYC Department of Cultural Affairs

Inclusion: Charlie Miller, Deputy Director Art-Reach and Roger Ideshi, JD, OT/L, FAOTA  Program Director & Associate Professor Program in Occupational Therapy at Temple University

Creamos Juntos: Working in Immigrant Communities on an Arts-Based Resistance: Erika Guadalupe Nunez, Artist in Residence & Facilitator Juntos

Working with Restorative Practices: Michael O'Bryan, Director of Youth and Young Adult Programs at The Village of Arts and Humanities

4:30–6:00 PM

Happy Hour

4:30–5:30 PM

Office Hours - 1:1 meetings with experts, 15 minute blocks (signup required day of event)

6:00 PM

Post-event meet up at Tavern on Broad

Questions? Contact
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Jeffrey Stockbridge: Kensington Blues

Jeffrey Stockbridge

Jeffrey Stockbridge

Photographer Jeffrey Stockbridge has been documenting the opioid crisis in the neighborhood of Kensington in North Philadelphia for the past 10 years. Kensington Blues, self-published in 2017, pairs large-format color photographs of men and women struggling to survive their addiction with audio transcripts and journal entries composed by the subjects themselves. This multi-year collaboration began as a personal project and evolved into a blog, book and exhibition. Featuring audio recordings, videos and photographs, Stockbridge will discuss how he approached his subject, the relationships he made and the changes happening in the neighborhood. For more information visit
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Food Photographer + Blogger Clay Williams

Clay Williams

Clay Williams

Clay Williams is a Brooklyn-based photographer specializing in food, drinks and events. He shoots assignments for The New York Times, The James Beard Foundation and Edible Brooklyn. You can find more of Clay's photos in the new book, "111 Places in Queens That You Must Not Miss," in bookstores now.

Clay will talk about his background as a food photographer and current work.

This event is free and open to the public.

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ArtsWeek 2018: GoggleWorks Center for the Arts

July 16 - 20, 2018

The GoggleWorks Center for the Arts is a premiere community art and cultural resource center for Berks County as well as central and southeastern Pennsylvania. GoggleWorks is the largest, most comprehensive interactive arts center of its kind in the country.

The GoggleWorks Center for the Arts is a prime example of adaptive reuse in architecture and derives its name from the original structure from which it evolved. A former goggle factory, GoggleWorks is an industrial complex of six buildings transformed into four galleries, dance and music studios, classrooms, a wood shop, a photography classroom with darkroom, a glassblowing facility, and both ceramics and jewelry studios. The space also holds a 130-seat film theater, café, gift shop and offices for 26 community arts organizations. The factory’s groundbreaking innovations made it a leader in the safety industry for over a century. Now the buildings are a hub of activity, maintaining local historical and architectural integrity while inspiring a cultural and economic resurgence as the community and visitors come together to create, appreciate and celebrate the arts.

Studio Choices:

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*FREE COURSE* Teaching with Primary Sources: A is for Everything

A is for Everything: How Typography Shapes our Language and Culture

Using type specimens, printed ephemera, and design examples from the Library of Congress digital collections, participants will traces histories, narratives, and connections in parallel with our diverse cultural experiences and visual language. We regularly interact with typefaces and designes that were forged thousands of years ago. Over 500 years ago, Johannes Gutenberg's invention of the movable type created an explosion of shared knowledge, history, and visual language that continues to evolve in contemporary culture.

This course will explore meaning and subject matter through type design. Collaborative exercises will encourage participants to think critically and openly about how type and design shape our language and visual culture. Site visits include collections in the Philadelphia region, with guest lectures and an artist studio visit. Content is appropriate to a range of subject areas, from art and design, to history, science and technology.

Learn more + register here.

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*FREE COURSE* Teaching with Primary Sources: Comics + Graphic Novels

Comics + Graphic Novels as Primary Sources

This course provides a general overview of the history of comics and graphic novels, particularly as social commentary in the U.S., using the resources of the Library of Congress. Consider visual literacy, basic narrative techniques, the combination of image and text, as well as some graphic design principles to better understand and analyze this art form. Participants plan classroom activities focusing on this visual resource, exploring the potential impact to engage students in discussions. Projects include researching and evaluating comics, hands-on printing and design activities, lesson plan development, and more. Content appropriate to many subjects; connects tohistory, social science and visual literacy.

Learn more + register here.

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