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March 6, 2018
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Cool Jobs Sneak Peak Preview Party set for March 19th

By Rosemarie Fabien, PhD | Fabien Communications
Architect Michael Spain talks to teens at Cool Jobs

Fresh Artists, a nonprofit empowering young lives through art, will hold the third Cool Jobs Expo on March 20, 21 and 22 at Moulin at Sherman Mills in East Falls. The program will introduce 600 at-risk teens to architects, chefs, toy and fashion designers, art conservators and other successful professionals who make a living in the arts.

Art-loving adults are invited to the Sneak Peak Preview Party on the evening of March 19th. Guests will meet the art professionals and enjoy art-making activities, a gift shop of kid-designed wares, and wine, beer and catering by Brulee while supporting art in the public schools. The keynote speaker will be Kensington artist and activist Roberto Lugo, whose cutting-edge ceramic work is in the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

“March is National Youth Art Month, and Cool Jobs shows kids what art careers can be in their future,” said Barbara Chandler Allen, award-winning founder of Fresh Artists. “It’s particularly important for teens to meet successful creative professionals, like artist Lyn Godley, industrial designer Christina Kazakia, pastry chef Lily Fischer and aerial artist Kaitlin Chin. Thousands of creative Philadelphia kids drop out before they make it to high school. We’re throwing these kids a lifeline by introducing them to dream jobs they never knew existed.”

Come to the Sneak Peak Preview Party on Monday, March 19th, 6:00pm to 9:00pm at Moulin at Sherman Mills, 3502 Scotts Lane, in the East Falls section of Philadelphia. Tickets are $25, available from

From March 20-22nd, 600 seventh graders will learn what a typical day is like for successful artists, tech gurus and designers. This short video explains it well:

This is the third year in a row that Fresh Artists will present Cool Jobs. This year, 13 public schools from Philadelphia, Camden and Norristown are participating and there is a long waiting list.

“Our message is: You don’t have to starve to be an artist. You do have to work hard and stay in school,” Allen said. “Most teens have no idea who designed their video games, skate board or cell phone -- let alone that THEY could actually BE that designer. Cool Jobs makes that link, by showing a wide range of well-paying job options in the arts, design and tech industries, and giving them a roadmap to get there.”

On Tuesday, March 20th between 9am and 2pm, 200 seventh-graders will travel by bus to the Moulin event space at Sherman Mills, 3502 Scotts Lane in the East Falls section of Philadelphia.

In small, leader-led groups, students visit with design professionals who will demonstrate their tools, process and finished products in a trade-show booth format. In a 20-minute session, each of five presenters will describe their educational path, speak with the kids about what their chosen career means to them and answer questions, before kids move to the next presenter’s booth. The scenario will be repeated on Wednesday, March 21st and Thursday, March 22nd when seventh-grade students from other regional public schools will come to Cool Jobs.

Creative professionals who have volunteered their time to talk to kids at COOL JOBS include:
Lyn Godley – lighting artist; Monkey Boys – prop fabricators; Roberto Lugo – potter; Antonio Black – toy designer; David Guinn, Glossblack – muralists; Jason James – graphic designer; Raina Beresniewicz, Lily Fischer – pastry chefs who made Beyoncé’s birthday cake; Christina Kazakia – industrial designer; Michael Spain – architect; Barbara Buckley, Katharine Shulman, Anya Shutov – Barnes Foundation fine art conservators; Denise Wolf – art therapist; Roger Allen, Alex Boatman – large format printers; Mark Dockum and Ken Burns – vehicle graphic installers; Fredric “Fredric Fresh” Freeman – interactive digital artist; Kaitlin Chin – theatrical producer and aerial artist; Jovan O’Connor – fashion designer; Davidson Ospina – web designer and music producer.

These successful professionals have appeared on “Saturday Night Live,” “Cupcake Wars,” and “Nickelodeon,” and worked for Beyonce, Justin Bieber, Patti LaBelle, Disney, Sugar House Casino, Fisher-Price, Martha Stewart, La Colombe, Hammacher Schlemmer, the Barnes Foundation, and have art in the collection of the Boston and Philadelphia Museums of Art among others.

In partnership with Project 440, this year Cool Jobs is introducing careers in the music industry as well as visual arts. Featured will be an afternoon with music producer and sound engineer, Weston Sound & Video’s Joe Hannigan, platinum songwriter Kristal Oliver, LiveNation’s Brandon Pankey, singer-songwriter Andrew Lipke, and violin maker, Sam Payton.

About Fresh Artists
Celebrating its 10th Anniversary, Fresh Artists is a national award-winning nonprofit that empowers young lives through art by engaging vulnerable children as full partners in philanthropy, by advocating for a quality education for all children by widely exhibiting children’s artwork in highly visible and unexpected places, and by providing art supplies and innovative art programs to severely under-resourced public schools. Fresh Artists invites K-12 artists in low-income schools to donate high-resolution images of selected artwork, and then provides corporate or individual donors with thank-you gifts of high-quality digital reproductions of that art in exchange for financial contributions. In our first 10 years, the talent and generosity of 2000 public school children throughout the country has delivered the value of more than $1.5M in art supplies and innovative programs and 14 innovative free art programs to public schools in 48 states. Fresh Artists’ Print Studio provides large-format printing for under-resourced nonprofits and introduces disadvantaged teens to marketable job skills. Cool Jobs, our annual pop-up creative careers expo introduces young teens to real jobs they might aspire to having in the creative economy. Huge reproductions of children’s artwork have been installed in corporate facilities throughout the country from Washington, DC, to Oregon including SAP Hudson Yards, Yahoo, Vanguard, Comcast, Harvard School of Education, Yale University Children’s Hospital and the world-famous Philadelphia Flower Show. Hundreds of pieces of hopeful, healing children’s art have been installed in homeless and emergency shelters, soup kitchens and child abuse clinics at no charge. Fresh Artists Memory Games, educational, intergenerational matching games showcasing children’s art, received the Oppenheim Gold Award for Best Toy of the Year, were chosen by Oprah for “O” Magazine and appear in museum shops throughout the country. For more information, visit

Barbara Chandler Allen, President and Founder, Fresh Artists, 215.920.3317, [email protected]

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