{BlueStone Fine Arts Gallery} Presents #ArtsTechPhilly Discussion Panel

TOPIC: "How Arts and Cultural Organizations in the Greater Philadelphia region use technology to increase awareness; as well as forward creative enterprise models to more sustainable  models?"

#ArtsTechPhilly for its event of the fall season will host an open format juried panel discussion highlighting local intersections of the arts, science and tech sectors and ways in which collaborative projects and business are establishing these relations.This first event is to open the dialogue for discussion of how Philadelphia's creative economy is using technology to further its awareness.

What impact has social media had on creative enterprises and the arts? What stigmas surround the use of social media by creative companies today?  How have you as a creative professional used these technologies? Can technology help achieve sustainability for an institution?

To shed light on such questions a panel of local creative professionals will share their perspectives. Questions are welcome during this panel discussion.

Panel Members

Thaddeus Squire-Founder & Managing Executive Director-Greater Philadelphia Culture Works

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.

Rashid Zakat- Creative Director-SoulAquatics (Dream Factory)

Rashid Zakat is a filmmaker, art director and an advocate for those blessed with short attention spans. In addition to being the Creative Director of the SoulAquatics  creative label, he is the Art Director for Wejetset, a modern travel store and co-founder the Free Film Collective, a group of filmmakers that regularly create and distribute work. He has created work for Nike, NBC, Comcast Accenture and the Greater Philadelphia Tourism & Marketing Corporation.

Todd Hestand-Programming and Marketing Coordinator of the Corzo Center for the Creative Economy& Founder of creative tech-start up Side Arts, a licensing and CRM platform for visual artists.

Todd spent four years as a management consultant for a boutique agency working with Fortune 1000 clients as well as four years with a major market research organization.  His spare time is dedicated to creating and promoting visual arts.


This first introductory panel will feature key questions posed to the above represented panel, a Q&A will follow the conclusion of the topic as discussed by these panelists.

Special thanks to #ArtsTechPhilly member- Pam Reagan for being our sponsor venue. If you or your office is interested in hosting a #ArtsTechPhilly event please feel free to email [masked].



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  • DoN B.

    Todd H said something surprising about Social Media - I thought he was off base at the time. Until this morning. FB truly sucks and can literally shut down enthusiasm for what I'm doing with one stupid comment. The problem is I expect support from friends and family and when I get uninformed criticism it's like a reverberating gong in my head. I realize I'm putting myself out there blogging and posting and I need a thicker skin but one mean comment seems to outweigh all the good comments. Thadeus Squire hit the nail on the head - one-on-one, face-to-face contact is more efficient and satisfying than broadcasting on-line any day.

    September 27, 2012

  • Leslie B.

    It was okay -- just not fond of this format. Why not make the whole group the panel and allow anyone to answer each question? As was stated tonight, we are in an era of collaboration and co-working. :)

    September 26, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    I think the evening was a great success!

    September 26, 2012

  • Uri Pierre N.

    The discussion was one that was great and definitely explored key ways in which arts and tech collaborations take place in the city of Philadelphia and how those relationships are growing.

    September 26, 2012

  • Leslie B.

    Looking forward to meeting more people and hearing about their likes (like Bladerunner).

    September 26, 2012

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