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2017 Edmund N Bacon Awards + Talk | Honoring Theaster Gates

Join the Center for Architecture and Design in honoring Theaster Gates, winner of the 2017 Edmund N. Bacon Prize for his career spent developing properties which engage local communities with their neighbors and neighborhoods through culture and art. Gates, a Chicago-based artist and founder of the Rebuild Foundation, has spearheaded the creation of nearly a dozen community and culture centers, each with a specific focus – from African American cinema to small, community-based creative manufacturing companies.

Also honored at this ceremony will be the winners of the 2017 Better Philadelphia Challenge. This year's urban design challenge asked students to develop plans to transform the abandoned City Branch rail tunnel under Pennsylvania Avenue into a recreational trail and cultural destination. This year's competition was produced in partnership with The Rail Park.

The ceremony will be followed by a coffee + dessert reception.

With the purchase of a VIP ticket, we invite you to join us and the award winners before the ceremony at 5:15 PM for our VIP Reception which will feature heavy hors d'oeuvres, wine, beer, and live music. In attendance will be Theaster Gates, the competition winners, local dignitaries, and our invaluable sponsors, without whom this program would not be possible.

SCHEDULE:
5:00 PM - 6:15 PM | VIP Reception (requires VIP ticket)
6:30 PM - 7:45 PM | Awards Ceremony + Talk
7:45 PM - 8:30 PM | Coffee + Dessert Reception

PARTNERS:
                    The Rail Park

SPONSORS:
GOLD:        Scout Ltd.
                    U3 Advisors

SILVER:        O'Donnell & Naccarato
                    Robert A.M. Stern Architects