This month, in conjunction with the Philadelphia Commerce Department, CultureWorks Presents a special Maker Monday as a component of the DesignPhiladelphia Festival.
THE PHILADELPHIA MAKER MOVEMENT: TOWARD FUTURE GROWTH & SUSTAINABILITY
Philadelphia was once known as the “Workshop of the World” owing not to its big factories, such as Stetson Hats and Baldwin Locomotive, but rather to its staggering number and diversity of small manufactures, artisnal shops, and cottage-scale makers.
Today, Philadelphia is witnessing a revival of that legacy with a new maker movement growing in number and strength. This evening we welcome five of our city’s local makers to present their work and ideas in a moderated community discussion. Joining us will be Andrew Dahlgren, Doug Bucci, Margaux and Walter Kent of Peg and Awl, and Evan Malone, President of NextFab.
Our guests will addressing questions such as:
- What are the distinguishing characteristics of this movement and the people who identify with it?
- What are the challenges that makers face and how are we building financial, space, and other support resources for their work?
- How might we advocate better for the movement and ensure that it is understood as a vital contributor to Philadelphia’s continued social and economic revival?
Presentations, panel, local food and drink. What better way to spend a Monday Night?
FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC.