Awkward Academy Intro to Improv
Oct
17
6:30pm 6:30pm

Awkward Academy Intro to Improv

Join Classic Reinvention as he takes you on a journey through improv and yourself. In this workshop, you will learn to create whole characters from thin air using games, random word suggestions, and your own imagination. Come join the fun! $6 Suggested Donation

ABOUT CLASSIC

 

Classic Reinvention is the king of shitty movies you've never seen and never will see, but he's made millions off of them. Typical American. Unfortunately, he's burnt out to the point where he can't even watch TV without seeing himself on just about every channel.

It's Getting Awkward is you watching TV through Classics eyes. Witness what tripped him out through 20+ minutes of Nostalgia and What The Fuck, all wrapped up with a tiny red bow we found in some lady's house we broke into.

Now that's awkward.

 

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Natural Dye at Bartrum's Garden
Oct
21
12:00pm12:00pm

Natural Dye at Bartrum's Garden

In this workshop you’ll have the opportunity to learn about a variety of seasonal natural dye plants and techniques. You’ll learn about the process of extracting the dye from the plant, the difference between a dye and a stain, as well as the difference in dyeing plant fibers and animal fibers. The class will also touch on techniques to resist dye opening the door to pattern making and design Natural dyeing is a great way to customize your fiber projects and textiles. At the end of the workshop you’ll take home a hand-dyed handkerchief.

This workshop will be held at Bartram's Garden . For ticketing information visit their website

$30 for members; $35 for non-members.

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Go Figure! June 2017 Drawing Club
Oct
25
6:30pm 6:30pm

Go Figure! June 2017 Drawing Club

Join us on the last Wednesday of every month for an open figure drawing session. All skill levels are welcome!

We'll be going through a slew of quick poses all the way up to a few longer poses, so many poisons will be there for the picking. $15 covers the model, beer + wine! Supplies are available here for purchase, or feel free to come prepared. Spread the word, bring a friend, show up cold and alone! This is less an instructional class, more an open session to draw without instruction, but we're happy to give some pointers to those who'd like some.

Posing starts at 7, but come as early as 6:30 to set up and hang out.

Sign Up Here

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Awkward Academy: Character Development
Oct
13
7:00pm 7:00pm

Awkward Academy: Character Development

Classic Reinvention is back on Fridays for a deep dive into character development. He's coming at you with a series of writing exercises to unlock imagination and release developed characters with vibrant backstories. Come join the fun! $6 Suggested Donation

ABOUT CLASSIC

“If this can be mixed in with what you planned to post  that’d be great.”

Classic Reinvention is the king of shitty movies you've never seen and never will see, but he's made millions off of them. Typical American. Unfortunately he's burnt out to the point where he can't even watch TV without seeing himself on just about every channel.

It's Getting Awkward is you watching TV through Classics eyes. Witness what tripped him out through 20+ minutes of Nostalgia and What The Fuck, all wrapped up with a tiny red bow we found in some lady's house we broke into.

Now that's awkward.

Screening is followed by a performance of Mini Hitler and a Short Story/Sketch Open Mic.

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Write Night with Maryan Nagy Captan
Oct
11
7:00pm 7:00pm

Write Night with Maryan Nagy Captan

Write Nite: The Afterlife is an experimental workshop focused on world building. We'll be using the book Sum: Forty Tales from the Afterlives by David Eagleman to explore alternative realities, build 3 dimensional settings, and discuss how characters are effected by the conditions set forth by their environments. And we'll write, a lot. :)

$8-10 sliding scale. This workshop will be led by Maryan Nagy Captan and hosted by The Head & The Hand.

MARYAN NAGY CAPTAN is an Egyptian-American poet and performer living in Philadelphia, where she serves as Art Director at Apiary Magazine and teaches experimental and experiential writing classes at The Head & The Hand Press. Most recently, Maryan has served as Lead Teaching Artist for the Hoye Wayelo Summer Program in Pine Ridge, South Dakota, as well as Poet-in-Residence at both the Youth Culture Library in Hanoi, Vietnam and Paul Smith’s College of the Adirondacks. Her first collection, copy/body, was published by Empty Set Press in June 2017. Her poetry can be found in Mad House, AJAR, Boneless Skinless, APIARY Magazine and CRED Magazine.

The Head & The Hand Press is a nonprofit, independent, craft publishing company and writers' workshop based in Philadelphia.

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 Awkward Academy Intro to Improv
Oct
10
6:30pm 6:30pm

Awkward Academy Intro to Improv

Join Classic Reinvention as he takes you on a journey through improv and yourself. In this workshop, you will learn to create whole characters from thin air using games, random word suggestions, and your own imagination. Come join the fun! $6 Suggested Donation

ABOUT CLASSIC

“If this can be mixed in with what you planned to post  that’d be great.”

Classic Reinvention is the king of shitty movies you've never seen and never will see, but he's made millions off of them. Typical American. Unfortunately he's burnt out to the point where he can't even watch TV without seeing himself on just about every channel.

It's Getting Awkward is you watching TV through Classics eyes. Witness what tripped him out through 20+ minutes of Nostalgia and What The Fuck, all wrapped up with a tiny red bow we found in some lady's house we broke into.

Now that's awkward.

Screening is followed by a performance of Mini Hitler and a Short Story/Sketch Open Mic.

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October First Friday: Emily Carris Reclaimed
Oct
6
6:00pm 6:00pm

October First Friday: Emily Carris Reclaimed

"One hundred thousand slaves, Black or mulatto, work in sugar mills, indigo and cocoa plantations, sacrificing their lives to gratify our newly acquired appetites for sugar, cocoa, coffee, and tobacco--things unknown to our ancestors." 

--Voltaire, Essay on Morals and Customs, 1756

Reclaimed is an installation born out of search for self. As a transracially adopted black women raised in modern America my story is incomplete, riddled with gaping holes, a result of malicious neglect and the casualty of power, supremacy, domination, and shame. 

This work has been a backroom performance, as I learned new crafts imprinted with the legacy of my ancestors. With their guidance I have created overt, subtle pieces that interweave my experience as their descendent with their stories so often overlooked by today’s craft movement.
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Photographer + fiber artist, Emily Carris has a BA in Education and Photography from Eugene Lang College in New York. She holds a Master's degree in photography from UCA in Kent, England. She has exhibited internationally and has worked as photography teacher and museum educator at the International Center of Photography in New York. Emily is the director of The Art Dept and lives in Philadelphia.

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The Magic of Storytelling with Tchin
Sep
30
1:00pm 1:00pm

The Magic of Storytelling with Tchin

We Are the Seeds of CultureTrust presents: Storytelling and Native American Flute Music Performance by Tchin

In the winter time, the people gather around the fire waiting to hear the stories that they will later tell the next generations. Stories represent various aspects of human life. Often with a touch of humor and vividness, these tales teach us how we should behave, how things came to be and to give thanks for all our blessings.

Tchin is a nationally known artist and educator of arts and culture. Through the art of oral tradition, he tells stories portraying the creation of the world and how things came to be.

In his energizing presentation, Tchin addresses important topics including cultural diversity, music appreciation, and environmental consciousness.

These stories have been passed down through generations and illuminate both young and mature minds. Tchin brings the stories alive with his gift of magic. As part of this program, Tchin will perform and explain the seldom seen or heard courting flute.

Find tickets here


Visit Tchin's website: www.themagicofstorytelling.com

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Awkward Academy: Character Development
Sep
29
7:00pm 7:00pm

Awkward Academy: Character Development

Classic Reinvention is back on Fridays for a deep dive into character development. He's coming at you with a series of writing exercises to unlock imagination and release developed characters with vibrant backstories. Come join the fun! $6 Suggested Donation

ABOUT CLASSIC

“If this can be mixed in with what you planned to post  that’d be great.”

Classic Reinvention is the king of shitty movies you've never seen and never will see, but he's made millions off of them. Typical American. Unfortunately he's burnt out to the point where he can't even watch TV without seeing himself on just about every channel.

It's Getting Awkward is you watching TV through Classics eyes. Witness what tripped him out through 20+ minutes of Nostalgia and What The Fuck, all wrapped up with a tiny red bow we found in some lady's house we broke into.

Now that's awkward.

Screening is followed by a performance of Mini Hitler and a Short Story/Sketch Open Mic.

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Hand Quilting with Susan Rethorst
Sep
23
11:00am11:00am

Hand Quilting with Susan Rethorst

Join quilter and choreographer Susan Rethorst of REDHORSE Studio for an afternoon of hand quilting. Drawing on 42 years of quilting experience, Susan will walk you through the basics of making your own quilt, beginning with choosing/designing a pattern, and moving onto methods of assembly. The conversation in and around the work will encompass the history, the economics, and the social aspect of quilting. As a choreographer, Susan will also reflect on the similarities of quilting and choreographic thought. You will walk away with your own quilt block and an overall design concept for your quil project. Materials will be provided but you are encouraged to bring old clothes, scraps or any fabric you'd like to memorialize. 

All material provided. Suggested donation for the class $5-$30 which benefits Redhorse Studio and The Art Dept. 

Register Here

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After School Residency Begins
Sep
18
3:00pm 3:00pm

After School Residency Begins

NEED SOMETHING TO DO AFTERSCHOOL?

Art Dept Afterschool is an art program for young people ages 13-18. Students will have the opportunity to explore their creative voice and development with hands on art instruction from professional artists. 

Throughout the fall our Resident Artist Carmel Brown will lead a team of guest artists in offering students instruction in photography, printmaking, sewing/fibers, and storytelling, which culminates in an exhibition in our gallery opening in February. 

After winter break and through the spring the program will focus on professional development. Students learn about resume and portfolio building, as well as publication options for their work. 

The program starts Sept 18th and goes from 3-6pm Monday thru Thursday. Home work is a priority for us and help will be offered for at least the first hour. To sign up, please fill out this form or call 215-739-4146.

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It's Getting Awkward No 1 + Open Mic
Sep
9
6:30pm 6:30pm

It's Getting Awkward No 1 + Open Mic

ABOUT IT'S GETTING AWKWARD

“If this can be mixed in with what you planned to post  that’d be great.”

Classic Reinvention is the king of shitty movies you've never seen and never will see, but he's made millions off of them. Typical American. Unfortunately he's burnt out to the point where he can't even watch TV without seeing himself on just about every channel.

It's Getting Awkward is you watching TV through Classics eyes. Witness what tripped him out through 20+ minutes of Nostalgia and What The Fuck, all wrapped up with a tiny red bow we found in some lady's house we broke into.

Now that's awkward.

Screening is followed by a performance of Mini Hitler and a Short Story/Sketch Open Mic.

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Colored Vintage Grand Opening
Sep
9
12:00pm12:00pm

Colored Vintage Grand Opening

This Saturday, it's happening! Colored Vintage opens their doors featuring some super fly vintage clothing to show off your unique style! To celebrate we've got Strange Parts in the house with super groovy dj set, food, beer, wine, pie, & dope vintage clothing starting at 12! In the gallery we've got demos from CFEVA POsT artist starting at 1pm, plus a screening from of Its Getting Awkward featuring the genius of Classic Reinvention starting at 6:30pm! Tons of fun, right?

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LA92 Film Screening + Discussion
Jul
14
7:00pm 7:00pm

LA92 Film Screening + Discussion

25 years later, LA 92 reconstructs the tumultuous days that changed America, exclusively drawing from more than 1000 hours of powerful, and never-before-seen footage. The film challenges our cultural and political perspectives, in addition to our own memory of the events, leading up to the riots. It will premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival on April 22nd, you can learn more about the film at on the National Geographic Website

This event is free and open to the public but registration is appreciated please register here

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Love Now Media: 11 Days of Love Stories Love Quilts
Jul
12
6:00pm 6:00pm

Love Now Media: 11 Days of Love Stories Love Quilts

Join us for an evening of celebrating  love and art making! In this gathering create paper collage quilt blocks by first drawing inspiration from inspiration from objects, images, and outfits spark memories about the time you felt most loved. We'll join our blocks together as a representation of how love is present in our lives.  Bring your own object or choose something from the Art Dept. All materials included. This gathering is by donation with all proceeds going to Love Now Media. Please sign up here

About Love Now Media

Love Now Media of CultureTrust is a non-profit social enterprise with a mission to tell stories through media production and communications initiatives that lean towards justice, wellness, and equity. Learn More

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Indigo Dip-in at Cultureworks Greater Philadelphia
Jun
15
5:00pm 5:00pm

Indigo Dip-in at Cultureworks Greater Philadelphia

Join us at the Cultureworks Greater Philadelphia for an open indigo Dip in. Bring along anything you'd like dye. We'll provide shapes clamps rubber bands and string for you to try various Shibori resist techniques to create unique patterns with this or any other dyes. You can dye your own fabric, yarn or over dye an existing garment.

Culture Works is located at:

1315 Walnut Street, Suite 320
Philadelphia, PA 19107
(T) 267 597 3807

This is by donation (and all proceeds go to The Art Dept mission to provide fun and affordable workshops for all). All material provided. No experience required. Please feel free to bring any other fabric or yarn you’d like to use. 

 

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June First Friday: Interlaid by Stephen Tuomala
Jun
2
6:00pm 6:00pm

June First Friday: Interlaid by Stephen Tuomala

Stephen Tuomala's paintings and drawings re-contextualizes historical images and film stills by pushing the scale, material, tone and intensity of the color. His main focus is on a variety of subjects dealing with spectacles from the tragic to the sensual enhancing the bodies’ gestures and the stories they tell. 

Come join us for the opening reception, Friday, June 2nd.

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Go Figure! Drawing Club
May
31
6:30pm 6:30pm

Go Figure! Drawing Club

Join us on the last Wednesday of every month for an open figure drawing session. All skill levels are welcome!

We'll be going through a slew of quick poses all the way up to a few longer poses, so many poisons will be there for the picking. $15 covers the model, beer + wine! Supplies are available here for purchase, or feel free to come prepared. Spread the word, bring a friend, show up cold and alone! This is less an instructional class, more an open session to draw without instruction, but we're happy to give some pointers to those who'd like some.

Posing starts at 7, but come as early as 6:30 to set up and hang out.

Sign Up Here

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First Friday with Salvatore Dellaquilla
May
5
6:00pm 6:00pm

First Friday with Salvatore Dellaquilla

The Art Dept. is proud to present new works by Salvatore Dell'Aquila in Vanishing Wholes. 

Salvatore DellAquila is a self-developed illustrator, designer, and fine artist living and working in NJ. He constructs multi-layered, textured environments, and complex abstract forms. The arrangement of intricate organic shapes, combined with generic flora/fauna, explores the interaction of growth and decay. The structures and vibrations continually evolve to create constant motion. Each constructed ecosystem is it's own ongoing unfolding story.

Come join us for the opening reception Friday, May 5th, and pick up the trail Salvatore's delicate pencils leave for us to follow.

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*canceled* An Evening with Yogetree
Apr
25
6:00pm 6:00pm

*canceled* An Evening with Yogetree

WHAT IS YOGETREE?

Not your average workshop, Yogetree merges the world of language and poetry with yoga, meditation, mindfulness and movement. No matter what level your art form or yoga practice, this 2-hour workshop welcomes you to explore what self expression and community building look and feel like in these times. 

Yogetree is a self-care safe haven where people of all backgrounds come to nourish their mind-body-spirit. Join us at The Art Dept for a rousing discussion about self-care, allyship and social justice...all housed under the soothing practice of mindfulness. 

I'M IN. WHAT SHOULD I BRING? 

Yourself in comfy clothes, yoga mat, journal and water bottle. 

When: Tuesday, April 25th 6:30-9pm

Where: The Art Dept (need address)

Tickets: $25 

Ticket Link:  https://yogetree-theartdept.eventbrite.com

About the Creator: 

Meet Helanah Warren, a holistic health healing artist and the founder of Yogetree™, a company that combines movement, mindfulness, and meditation to deepen connections to the self and one's community. In this community-based live-event experience Helanah blends the healing practices of mindful movement with the intention of self-expression and self-care. An educator and writer in spirit, Helanah teaches from the heart with love and positive intention. Helanah is a Licensed Massage Therapist, Plant-based Chef, certified Holistic Health Consultant and identifies as a Black Vegan, Healing Artist, Vibram wearer, Wellness Specialist, Self-care advocate and Survivor.

 

Link to a recent article: http://www.catalystwedco.com/blog/2017/2/10/woo-woo-spotlight-helanah-warren-of-yogetree

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Crafty Hour
Apr
11
6:30pm 6:30pm

Crafty Hour

Clear some brain space and take some time to connect and get lost in the act of making with your hands!  Bring by a craft project that you're working on and join us for some crafting, drinks, and good conversation! Register Here

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Beginner Stitch Clinic
Mar
22
6:00pm 6:00pm

Beginner Stitch Clinic

Now that you’ve learned to knit, why not learn some new stitches patterns. In this workshop you will learn how to use basic knit and purl stitches to make ribs, seed, and eyelet patterns to set you on your way to making more complex designs.

Beginner knitting or equivalent required. All materials are included. Snacks and drinks will be served.

$25 (Bring a Bud $20) Sign Up Here

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