Category Archives: local organizations

Making Materials Matter

As makers, we can make a lot of waste. But there are creative solutions for artists and fabricators, from sourcing more sustainable materials to diverting reusable resources from the waste stream. This week, NextFab and The Resource Exchange got together to host an open forum focused on sustainability in the arts. Local artists, organizations, businesses, and city representatives discussed the benefits and challenges of making sustainably. Moderated by Grid Magazine‘s Alex Mulcahy, the panel of special guests led the room in talking about art and its contributions to the waste stream. Attendees and panel members alike shared their experiences of … Continue reading

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Reclaimed “River Beasts and Besties!”

Beth from Ethnologica, a research consultancy firm with a focus on community-based ethnography, recently came into The Resource Exchange to find reclaimed materials to use in their storytelling and art workshop River Beasts and Besties. The event, held at The Barn at Bartram’s Garden, was made possible by an Ecotopian Toolkit award from the Penn Program in Environmental Humanities for Ethnologica’s project entitled Monsters of the Deep, Myths for the Future. Ethnologica created this public workshop to: …explore local fears of and hopes for urban waterways as part of their ongoing work researching community conceptions of health and wellbeing. Fear … Continue reading

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Opera Set’s Chance at a Second Life!

Opera Philadelphia is known for identifying extraordinary artists, both established and emerging, and providing opportunities for them to create their most imaginative and inspired work. They recently shared their incredible vision with The Resource Exchange and donated these one of a kind pieces! A recent production, Written on Skin, written by Martin Crimp and composed by George Benjamin, had stunning blue and gold tones throughout the set. Thank you Opera Philadelphia for your donation and for giving these scenery pieces a chance to have a second life in Philadelphia art!

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