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The Big Announcement

My chronicles of searching for gainful employment have been an adventure to say the least; from exhaustively researching companies days leading up to an interview, to painstakingly producing extensive full color branded marketing materials for mass distribution in an interview type setting. I once watched 53 of a potential employer’s 5-10 minute videos on you-tube, and even made two dozen epicly delicious mini-pies for another. I’ve re-worded and re-formatted my resume dozens of times, and written more cover & thank you letters than I can remember. I’ve had good interviews and bad, some lasting as long as 4 hours, some as little as 20 minutes; I inexplicably gave rock hands at the end of one, and laughed out loud during others. Continue reading


Barcamp Philly 2

BarCamp Philly to be held November 14 at the University of the Arts

2008’s inaugural Barcamp Philly was a huge success, seeding several other similarly styled events throughout the region including HealthCamp, HigherEdCamp, and Barcamp News Innovation – a partnership between traditional and new media outlets. Not surprisingly, planning for a second, more broadly open Barcamp began this summer with Roz Duffy and JP Toto returning to head another highly successful event, with the addition of the ever energetic Kelani Edmondson to the organizing team. Here’s the Rundown for 2009’s 2nd Annual BarCampPhilly:

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Ignite Philly 4

Ignite Philly 4 will be held on Tuesday October 13th at Johnny Brenda’s. Doors open at 7pm, speakers begin at 8pm

Ignite Philly is part of a worldwide network that entertains and educates people in short 5 minute bursts. Ignite Philly is the local group, and is our way to highlight great ideas coming to life here in Philadelphia.

News Flash:
Ignite organizers are offering 150 Advance Tickets are available for a $5 donation to the Food Trust. If you’ve ever been to Ignite (or heard stories of the epic-ness of this event) you know how quickly space can run out. This way the money goes to a good cause, and your spot is guaranteed:  Advance Tickets are available through the Ignite Philly website. In the spirit of this event being free & open to the public, the remaining 150 spots will be available at the door on a first come, first serve basis (but I would plan on getting there early if that’s your plan).

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Art For The Cash Poor

So Lately I’ve been talking a lot about Art, especially how to make it a part of your life (going so far as to call Philly the Filene’s Basement of Art). This weekend’s Art for the Cash Poor June 13th & 14th is an excellent example of all of those direct to the source opportunities that are so abundantly available in the city of Philadelphia. AFTCP, now in it’s 10th year, is run by InLiquid, a non profit which serves as a resource center while nurturing the creative community through events and exhibitions.

As a bit of an art groupie I never miss the chance to squeal omg it’s so-and-so artist!!! because I <3 art, and artists usually appreciate being treated like rock stars. Featuring some of the area’s most talented artists and a price cap of $199, (insider tip: most things are under $100) going to AFTCP is practically like stealing the stuff. Even better than getting a good deal, you’ll be supporting the artistic community directly while engaging first hand with individual artists, learning how something was made and why. Feel free to bring the kids – between demonstrations, live music and great food stalls – there is plenty for everyone to see and enjoy!

When: Saturday, June 13th from 1-6pm & Sunday, June 14th from 1-6pm
Where: The Crane Arts Building 1400 N. American Street, Philadelphia PA MAP

Philadelphia Open Studio Tours (POST) 2008

Kara LaFleur’s ongoing project Work To Ride (a work in progress)

during Philadelphia Open Studio Tours West of Broad

Saturday & Sunday October 4th & 5th 12 – 6

Univerisity City Arts League 4226 Spruce Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104

Featuring work by Kara LaFleur, Jill Katz, Eugene Martin, Amie Potsic, and Irma Shapiro.

Facebook Event Page

Philadelphia Open Studio Tours (POST) ninth annual city-wide event – where more than 290 artists in 16 neighborhoods will open their studios to the public. East of Broad will be held the following weekend October 11th & 12th.

Work to Ride Annual Fundraiser, September 21, 2008

Work To Ride 2007 Fundraiser

Work To Ride 2007 Fundraiser

General Admission: $10
VIP Tent Admission: $45

When: Sunday, September 21st, 2:30 PM

Where: Lancaster Polo Club, Lancaster, PA
For info and directions visit

What: Fun in the sun watching excellent riders from throughout the Northeast, including Work to Ride participants, showcasing their skills in the fast-paced team sport of polo.

Why: All proceeds benefit Work to Ride, a Philadelphia nonprofit housed in Fairmount Park which uses education, horsemanship training, and polo to teach responsibility and sportsmanship to inner-city kids.

More: sponsorship & ticket information

If you can’t make it to Lancaster, this is a great time of year to make a donation to this amazing program.

More images from the 2007 fundraiser can be seen in Work To Ride (fall 2007)

Hope to see you there!

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New Images: Work To Ride (fall 2007)

Check out the new section of the website:

Work To Ride (fall 2007) Images

Work To Ride (fall 2007) Images

Thank You!

Work To Ride (a work in progress) Artist Statement

Leeway Art and Change Grant – Work To Ride (summer 2008)

Kara LaFleur recently received a 2008 Leeway Foundation Art and Change Grant in support of her photography project, Work to Ride (a work in progress). These funds will be used for materials related to documenting Work To Ride during the 2008 equestrian athletic season, leading to a solo exhibition at the University City Arts League in 2009. Utilizing Holga photography, this project uniquely conveys the underlying sociopolitical implications of class and race inherent within the dynamics of Work To Ride from which a deeply touching narrative of impoverished youth and unparalleled opportunity arises. Work To Ride is a program for at risk and urban youth located in the Belmont Plateau section of Fairmont Park.

Check out Kara’s website for more about Work To Ride (a work in progress).

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From The Leeway:

The Art and Change Grant provides project-based grants of up to $2,500 to women and transgender (which includes those who identify as transsexual and genderqueer) artists who: have art and social change projects or opportunities that impact a larger group, audience or community; have financial need; and live in the Delaware Valley area. One of the more unique aspects of the Art and Change grant is its requirement for projects to be supported by or in collaboration with a Change Partner-a person, organization, or business, that is part of the project in some way.

The Leeway Foundation’s grant-making programs honor women and transgender artists for their ability to create social change through their artistic and cultural work. The foundation is committed to art making as an integral part of social change, movement building, and anti-oppression work.

Work To Ride Program In The News!

Thursday, May 29th
Work To Ride Program Featured on ABC 6 News
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Thursday, May 29th
Work To Ride Program Featured in the Philadelphia Inquirer
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Wednedsday, May 28th
Work To Ride Program Featured on Philadelphia’s Fox 29 News
Watch the clip.

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Work To Ride (a work in progress) Artist Statement

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Image Update Work To Ride (spring 2007)

Please view the updated section of the website:

Work To Ride (spring 2007) Images


Thank You!

Work To Ride (a work in progress) Artist Statement