Celeste West
What’s your fantasy character?
June 16, 2018, 4:00 – 6:30 p.m.
Temple Contemporary
Join artist Celeste West for a live painting extravaganza asking attendees, “What’s your fantasy character?” on Saturday, June 16th from 4 – 6:30 pm at Temple Contemporary! Connecting with attendees through conversation, Celeste will transform guests’ fantasy characters into a tangible reality through her clever utilization of color and painterly style.
Through this artistic collaboration of color and desire, we’ll discover that fantasy is closer than you think!  A painter by trade, Celeste utilizes creative color palettes to generate her work and the narrative surrounding one’s fantasy character turning these dreams into tangible realities through art.

Aida Villaneuva
Who’s YOUR superhero?
June 22, 2018, 3 – 5 p.m.
Taller Puertorriqueno, 2600 N. 5th St, Philadelphia 

Envisioned by Aida Villanueva, “Who’s YOUR Superhero?”, will connect participant’s cultural backgrounds with their chosen superpowers. Individuals will describe their superpowers and cultural history to local artists charged with illustrating the perfect combination of both worlds – whether it’s realistic or abstract is up to them.
From Aida, “Being Latina, and growing up with a limited amount of role models to look up to, its tempting for me to want to have these hero’s created that the children can idolize or identify as. Of all these things, I can only hope to bring people of all kinds of aspects of life together, and inspire kids to dream.”
So, who’s YOUR superhero? Find out on Friday, June 22nd from 3-5 pm at Taller Puertorriqueno and participate in this once in a lifetime experience.

Donta Daniels
Date/Time: Episode 1: July 1st, 2018, Episode 2: July 8th, 2018, Episode 3: July 15th, 2018
Recorded episodes will be available to stream
Join fashion designer and artist Donta Daniels as he sits down with creative individuals who are redefining their careers unconventionally despite the societal, cultural, economical and even communal restrictions placed upon them. Learn how these boundaries and limitations established during their childhood fueled their ambitions and eagerness to succeed in their field.
In this 4 part podcast series, Donta will chat with a diverse group of creatives opening doors and making space for children to play past their formerly established boundaries no matter their race, gender, or sexual orientation. Donta will dive into how these limitations and expectations of little boys and girls affects their development within the constantly moving world bringing awareness to certain obstacles that could be perceived as, but certainly are not, roadblocks.

Rochely Ortiz
Date and time TBD

What was your favorite toy growing up? Do you remember the interactions that occured when you held it in your hands, focused on it’s qualities that always brought you back? Or was there one specific toy that you always had your eyes on but could never quite grasp or have ownership of?
Sometime this summer, join artist Rochely Ortiz as she asks these questions to adults while reuniting them with toys from their past. Will the reunion between participant and toy provide a new lease on their childhood in a modern setting? Find out and participate yourself!  (more details coming soon!!)