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Western Collective - a soft opening
Join philafad on Thursday, October 23rd 6:00-8:00 PM at Western Collective, a new shared studio/fabrication space in Grad Hospital. Members of the Collective will talk about their experiences thus far in a "lessons learned" panel discussion, followed by special guest Kirk Loubier (fabricator and designer) from Loubier Design (http://www.loubierdesign.com).
This event is free because this is Western Collective's initial opening to the "public", but a recommended donation of $10 for refreshments is appreciated and welcomed.
Location: 1714 Montrose St (behind the Christian St YMCA). Entry is a large garage door on the south side of the 1700 block of Montrose St.
More about Western Collective:
Several design firms and individual artists joined together in 2014 to form Western Collective. We are currently fitting out a 1,000 SF double-height space that will ultimately boast a work loft (with a painting studio, meeting space and CAD stations), a private conference room (with presentation space), and a full wood shop. Our goal is to provide a space that will foster creativity and ingenuity through the collaboration of various artists, designers, and educators.
S2 Design (architects/adjunct professors)
Studio 111 (architect/builder)
Chad Willenborg (writer/professor)
Mike Powell (artist/professor)
Graham Bailer Architecture (architect/adjunct professor)
In other news, on Monday night I attended a panel discussion moderated by philafad member Karen Randal. The topic was "The Maker Movement, Toward Future Growth and Sustainability". It was a packed room and the discussion was a lively, positive one. Ask me about it!
I also met a bunch of interested parties who are now on the philafad membership list - more opportunities for networking around the City. Thanks to Monday's event, I think I can now plan a meeting with local CDCs (Community Development Corporations), drivers of commercial corridor development.
More to come! See you Thursday the 23rd.