Summer Design Lab: Cool kids designing cool stuff

This summer we paired industrial design students with five of our star Fresh Artists. The result: prototypes for products that can go to work for good!

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"Sometimes someone crosses your path and changes your whole direction."

“It opened my eyes,” says Anissa of her experience with Fresh Artists. Anissa, age 14, remembers being in Kindergarten and telling her parents: “I will be an artist. Not,” she underscores, I want to be an artist. I will be an artist!” So when she learned that her applications to the Philadelphia special admit high schools with a focus on art were rejected, she was crushed. “It broke my heart,” she says. Her dad told her not to give up, but still . . .

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Cool Jobs 2017: Finding a job to love for life

In March of 2017 Fresh Artists hosted the second annual “Cool Jobs”, a three-day career expo for almost 600 7th graders from Philadelphia and Norristown public schools, which turned out to be a huge success!

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Meet Board Member Jerri Williams: former FBI agent

When Jerri Williams retired from the FBI after 26 years of service, she did what no one quite expected. She wrote a successful novel called Pay to Play. Jerri’s creativity and entrepreneurship makes her a natural for Fresh Artists’ Board.

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Meet Lyn Godley: acclaimed lighting designer and Fresh Artists’ board member

One imagines Lyn Godley is used to being referred to as a “luminary” in the world of design. First off, she’s an accomplished designer, who has spent 30 years bringing form and beauty to functional objects.

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Design Camp: Kids' art going to work!

If this is any measure of success, (and frankly, we think it is) Fresh Artists’ Design Camp for kids knocked it outta the park!

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Welcome back, Michele Pierson!

Michele Pierson, one of our favorite young artist-philanthropists stopped by for iced tea this Friday to say she’s back in town and see what Fresh Artists has been up to.

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Introducing our newest corporate social responsibility partner

We’re pleased to announce a new corporate social responsibility partnership with a leading national distributor of art supplies to the educational sector: SAX Arts & Crafts, a division of School Specialty.

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Palates to Palettes celebrates at COOK!

Shayla, Olivia and José, students of master art teacher Deva Watson, of Wissahickon Charter School , were feted last night at COOK, Philadelphia's state of the art kitchen-classroom.

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Spring happenings in the studio and beyond

Not only were bulbs bursting in Pablo's Pocket Park, a new addition to the East Falls Studio. Visitors visited, and we did some visiting ourselves -- creating new installations and being honored by others. It's been a busy spring!

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Bringing hope (and Fresh Artists) to the rain forests of Guayana

Rebecca Anwar visited our studio recently to show us examples of Behr Chip Art that children in an orphanage in Guayana have created through a partnership with Fresh Artists.

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Teachers clamor for Chip Art at the NAEA

Our workshop at the NAEA (National Art Educators Association) gathering in Chicago drew 60+ art teachers from Alberta, Canada to Miami. Teachers were clamoring for Chip Art kits, which we rushed to make available through our website.

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