{ArtsTechPhilly} + PTW'14 Presents Access + Art&Tech; A Panel Discussion

Democratization has been a longstanding hurdle within technology and the arts. In a city as diverse as Philadelphia the lines between this industries are constantly comingling within the entrepreneurial community, academic institutions and local corporations. However, with increased access to entry within these industries we will explore the following questions. How does this growing sector benefit Philadelphians? What initiatives can be taken by the leaders in this field to implement broader community programming? 

Join us this Philly Tech Week as we explore this conversation and more. The panel will feature panel members Georgia Guthrie (Director of the Hacktory) and  Neville Vakharia (Assistant Professor and Research Director, Arts Administration of Drexel University, Westphal College of Media Arts & Design), Thaddeus Squire(Founder of Culture Works Greater Philadelphi) and Jennifer Scott (Artist, Curator & CEO of JSCOTT LLC). 


6pm- Doors Open- Cocktail and Refreshments Hour

6:15pm - Registration for New Members

7pm- Panel Begins

7:30- Panel Concludes 

7:35- Q&A with the Panel

8pm-   Continued Refreshments and ArtsTech Announcements


Neville Vakharia -Assistant Professor, Drexel University

Neville Vakharia is Assistant Professor and Research Director in Drexel's renowned graduate arts administration program, teaching courses in management, strategic planning, entrepreneurship, innovation, and other subjects while undertaking research and projects that seek to strengthen the arts, cultural, and creative sector.  Neville joins Drexel after serving as the director of the Cultural Data Project at The Pew Charitable Trusts, overseeing its national expansion and strategic direction. Neville also has more than 10 years of experience in the corporate sector, working in new product development, marketing and global product management for W.L. Gore & Associates, Inc., manufacturer of GORE-TEX products.

Georgia Guthrie- Executive Director of The Hacktory

Georgia Guthrie is a designer, maker, and artist. By day she works at the Action Mill, a human-centered design company that works to improve the experience of death and dying. As the Director of The Hacktory, she works to create opportunities for anyone to creatively tinker and learn about technology. She’s forged partnerships with numerous arts organizations in Philadelphia, lead The Hacktory to be named "Best of Philly" for Adult Classes in 2010, and was named Hacker of the Year in 2012 by the blog Geekadelphia. She also won a Knight Arts Challenge grant for The Hacktory in 2012 to create a tech/arts apprenticeship program for artists wanting to start using technology in their work.  

Thaddeus Squire- Founder of Culture Works Greater Philadelphia

Thaddeus Squire founded Culture Works Greater Philadelphia, Philadelphia's first Management Services Organization dedicated to the arts, heritage, and creative industries. As a curator, consultant, writer, and producer, Thaddeus has worked across a wide variety of disciplines, from history and heritage to the fine and performing arts. His particular interest is in building creative collaborations and new business models for the cultural and creative industries

Jennifer Scott- Artist, Curator & CEO of JSCOTT LLC

Jennifer Scott is an artist, curator and CEO of JScott LLC, which specializes in private art events and exhibition planning. As an artist Jennifer has shown in over 30+ galleries worldwide and is a consulting Curator for several art firm’s. In addition to her art world career Jennifer explores the use of memories and art in alternative education.

*Note: ArtsTech is completely volunteer driven If you would love to volunteer for this event or a future ArtsTechPhilly event please email upierrenoel at Gmail.com

Thank you everyone, hope to see you soon. 


Uri P.N. 

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  • Pete

    Good topic. Got a little off focus at the end.

    1 · April 10

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