2020 Edmund N. Bacon Urban Design Awards

Student Design Competition Preview

First Prize: $5,000

$25 | per entry at time of submission


  • August 1, 2019: full competition packet released; competition opens
  • November 22, 2019: final date to submit entries
  • February 2020 (date TBD): awards ceremony in Philadelphia



Chelten Avenue is the heart of the Germantown business district in northwest Philadelphia. The most economically diverse neighborhood in the city, Germantown is an African American community which bridges the economically disadvantaged neighborhoods of North Philadelphia to the east with the wealthier Mount Airy and Chestnut Hill neighborhoods to the west.

How might this historic shopping district be designed to better support the local community, improve safety and accessibility, and help reveal all the nearby amenities available to shoppers: from public parks and swimming pools to historic homes and urban farms?

Click here to read more about the challenge and discover resources to help you with your submission.

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We’ve heard your feedback – and in order to make this competition better fit more of your personal and academic schedules, we’re expanding the 2020 competition dates. While the competition will still be designed to take 3-4 weeks of effort, the window in which you can work on the challenge will increase from one month to four.

This year’s full competition packet will be released on Thursday, August 1st and entries won’t be due until Friday, November 22nd (though you’re welcome to submit entries earlier!). We hope this means more classrooms will be able to integrate the challenge into their fall curriculum and that motivated students can take the challenge on outside of school, during their summer break. You can always start researching the competition topic now to get ahead of the pack!

ABout the Competition

Edmund N. Bacon Urban Design Awards – Student Design Competition

Founded in 2006 in memory of Philadelphia’s iconic city planner, Edmund N. Bacon [1910-2005], and formerly known as The Better Philadelphia Challenge, this international urban design competition asks university students to envision a better Philadelphia. The competition takes place in the Fall and winning teams are honored at the Edmund N. Bacon Urban Design Awards in February.

2019 Philadelphia Sculptors 5 into 1 Exhibition

2019 Philadelphia Sculptors 5 into 1 Exhibition Philadelphia Sculptors is proud to announce the twentieth year of 5 into 1, its annual exhibition showcasing the works of emerging sculptors. The exhibition highlights the achievements and artistic merit of selected artists from five Philadelphia colleges and universities: Moore College of Art & Design, Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Tyler School of Art, The University of the Arts, and University of Pennsylvania. For the first time, the exhibition will be on display in the Green Hallway Gallery located at Tyler School of Art, May 23 through June 23, 2019. A free public reception will take place on Thursday, May 23 from 6:00 – 8:00 pm.

Continuing its commitment to both emerging arts professionals and emerging artists, Philadelphia Sculptors has selected Chenlin Cai, Jacintha Clark, Melissa Joseph, Chelsea Nader and Christine McDonald, all former 5 into 1 artists, as this year’s curators. This year is special too in that the 5 Into 1 curators chose to select works from departments not solely dedicated to sculpture, focussing on students who choose to work in a way that promotes sculptural thinking and movement.

Exhibited in Tyler’s spacious Green Hallway Gallery, each of the works is a composite speaking to a material wholeness through the seams in their making. Prop-making and craft play an important role in identifying the artists’ atmospheres as students and makers, with some pieces pulling directly from their immediate surroundings and others fabricating elements of fantasy. Emilie Patton makes a quilt with portraits of family and heritage. Silas McDonough makes a monument that wakes. Jessica Shields rebuilds an elevator to a tenth of its scale that dramatizes an architectural landmark. Madeline Marvin softens the explicit and invites close discovery. Ana Beatriz Valente Soares and Halle Ballard both display and hide parts of their projections and video evidence in their poignant performative sculptures. The mediums and direction of each work vary greatly, yet they coalesce on the idea of simplifying and using the knowledge they’ve acquired to make work that sheds light on the years they have spent working towards their artistic goals.

5 into 1 provides recent graduates with a special opportunity to exhibit their art in a professional setting, and presents the public with art by some of the best emerging artists in Philadelphia. This exhibition celebrates the strengths of young artists as credits to their individual institutions as it also reveals the impact made by a show of their combined works. The selected artists are:

Moore College of Art & Design

  • Logan Cryer
  • Jessica Shields

Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts

  • Silas McDonough

Tyler School of Art

  • Juan Hurtado Salazar
  • Molly McDonald
  • Madeline Marvin
  • Emilie Patton

The University of the Arts

  • Halle Ballard

University of Pennsylvania

  • Ana Beatriz Valente Soares
  • Michael Ferrin

The public is invited to attend the free opening reception, on Thursday, May 23, from 6:00 – 8:00 PM. A “Best in Show” award will be announced during the reception. Complimentary refreshments will be served.

Additional support for this exhibition is provided by Moore College of Art & Design, Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, The University of the Arts, University of Pennsylvania, and Philadelphia Sculptors.


Philadelphia Sculptors is the only professional organization of sculptors in the Philadelphia region. Incorporated in 1997, its mission is to promote contemporary sculpture and serve as an advocate for sculptors by expanding public awareness of the role and value of sculpture within our culture. Since its inception, it has organized numerous indoor and outdoor juried and non-juried group exhibitions at both traditional and non-traditional venues and has sponsored programs, conferences, workshops and performances. Membership is open to all.

Open Call for Proposals

The Sixth Annual Conference of the
Society for Arts Entrepreneurship Education
October 17-19, 2019
Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa

Educators, artists, program directors, students, and the curious are invited to participate in the sixth national meeting dedicated to arts entrepreneurship education. This conference will provide participants with opportunities to explore the intersections of business, the arts, and other disciplines in ways that enhance the teaching and learning of artistic enterprise. The Society’s inclusive atmosphere enables all participants to connect with colleagues concerning pedagogical methods and larger currents in the field. A link to the Society for Arts Entrepreneurship Education’s home page can be found here.

Call for Proposals
Session proposals should conform to one of three conference tracks:

  • Research: papers presenting original research on arts entrepreneurship pedagogy, theory, and/or practice, which adhere to established empirical practice; 
  • Professional Development: interactive, hands-on workshops designed to strengthen conference attendees’ skills in developing programs, establishing partnerships, utilizing new pedagogical practices, etc.
  • New this year! – Arts Entrepreneurship Sandbox – Idea Development: Discussions, panels, and roundtables for developing research, emerging ideas, harnessing trends and overcoming obstacles

The Society hopes to attract proposals from an array of contributors: faculty, staff, undergraduates, graduate students, working artists, community leaders, and anyone willing to share their experiences as an arts entrepreneur.

The deadline for proposal submission is 5:00 pm EST on Saturday, June 1, and notification will be sent by June 15. 

Submit Proposals Here
Proposals should include a title, corresponding conference track, 250-word proposal, and a brief bio for each presenter. Workshop proposals should include a list of objectives/outcomes and an outline of planned activities. Presentation rooms include digital projectors and screens; presenters must use their own laptops/tablets with appropriate VGA or HDMI adapters.

Interested in hosting the 2020 Conference? 

Applications are open through June 1. Click here for details.
Artivate: A Journal of Entrepreneurship in the Arts is now accepting submissions for their next issue. The deadline for submission is June 15, 2019. Submissions can be sent directly to the editorial team by email at artivate.org@gmail.com.

The first journal to focus on the emergent field of arts entrepreneurship, Artivate seeks works of original scholarship that engages with arts entrepreneurship in the following areas: entrepreneurship theory as applied to the arts; arts entrepreneurship education; arts management; arts and creative industries; public policy and the arts; the arts in community and economic development; nonprofit leadership; social entrepreneurship in or using the arts; evaluation and assessment in and of the field; innovation and arts technology; public practice in the arts. The editors are particularly interested in articles that actively link theory with practice in ways that will be of interest and impact to the broad cross-section of Artivate’s readership. Self-reflective case studies from arts entrepreneurs and empirical research from scholars are equally welcome.
If you have any questions, please contact the editorial team at artivate.org@gmail.com.

Sell Your Work at the Cherry Street Pier Art Market

8 Fields Market x Cherry Street Pier will be held on Saturday, June 29th. This one-day event will bring together artists, small presses, publishers, and a variety of artists and small businesses. This event is open to the public and will feature artists’ books, zines, vintage clothing, jewelry and a variety of goods from independent artists. Vendors are invited to showcase, share, and sell their work. Providing a safe and supportive space for new artists is integral to this celebration of independent artists, zines and art communities in Philadelphia.

$45 for a half-table, $90 for a table

EVENT DATE: Saturday, June 29th, 12pm-5pm

Cherry Street Pier
121 N Christopher Columbus Blvd
Philadelphia, PA 19106

Call for Proposals: Make Art Philly

Location: City Hall Courtyard
Date: Wednesday July 17, 2019 (Rain Date: July 24, 2019)
Time: 11 a.m.-2 p.m.

$500 Stipend

Application Deadline: May 10, 2019 4:00 p.m.

Read the guidelines and click here to apply.

The Office of Arts, Culture and the Creative Economy (OACCE) is seeking proposals from Philadelphia area artists and arts organizations to provide activities during “Make Art Philly” , a free summer art-making event at the City Hall Courtyard geared towards children 5-12 years of age. We are seeking multiple artist/arts organizations to provide art-making activities of various types such as print-making, clay building, painting, etc. and one artist/arts organization to provide two 30-minute sets of an interactive performance during the event.

Make Art Philly is an outdoor event scheduled for Wednesday, July 17, 2019 from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. (rain date Wednesday July 24) in City Hall’s courtyard. OACCE will select 10-12 artists/arts organizations to provide an art activity targeting 400 summer campers and Philadelphia children. Artists/arts organizations will be selected based on the uniqueness of the project, and satisfaction of the requirements listed in the application. This is also an opportunity to highlight your organization’s arts education programs and opportunities you provide.

Attend A Student-Run Handshake Training Session!

Have you heard of Handshake, but are not sure how to use it? Maybe you’ve logged in once or twice but have been overwhelmed by the options? Temple students just like you are offering training sessions to help you figure out how to maximize the system using a few easy steps.

Come out and learn from other students about how to start using Handshake! In just 30 minutes you will learn:

  • How to effectively set up your profile
  • The value of completing your Career Interest profile
  • How to RSVP for events and fairs
  • How to set up a saved job search

View and sign up below for one of four upcoming Handshake training sessions on Monday, April 15 and Thursday, April 18!

Mon, Apr 15 1:00 pm – 1:30 pm
Mitten Hall, Career Center Conference Room, Room 220

Mon, Apr 15 2:00 pm – 2:30 pm
Mitten Hall, Career Center Conference Room, Room 220

Thu, Apr 18 3:30 pm – 4:00 pm
Mitten Hall, Career Center Conference Room, Room 220

Thu, Apr 18 4:30 pm – 5:00 pm
Mitten Hall, Career Center Conference Room, Room 220

Wonders of Global Fusion

Temple’s student-run Freely Magazine is hosting a global showcase event on Monday, April 15 from 5-7 pm in the SERC building. 

Susanna Foo, a Philly-based chef and two-tim winner of the James Beard Award, will demonstrate her cooking and talk about what inspires her unique style of cultural fusion.

There will also be an international photo exhibit and performances.




Healthy Minds Philly

Take Charge of Your Mental Health!

Mia Stavarski, a Tyler Art Therapy major, is putting together an event for students here at Temple. She’s invited a branch of the Philly Department of Behavioral Health called Healthy Minds Philly to come to Temple for a talk. They will be discussing affordable and accessible health care besides Tuttleman counseling based on insurance and distance.

There will be free health screenings after the talk as well as lunch. There will also be tables with clubs that promote mental health for others to join.

This event takes place on April 17th from 12-2pm and will be held in the Underground, which is the basement of Student Center South. 

Transform – A physical and virtual space to promote growth and change

Transform comes to the Painted Bride Art Center location 230 Vine Street, April 12th, 2019 at 5 pm

The Binder Project makes its curatorial debut at the Painted Bride Art Center with a collective exhibition of 20 artists from a variety of disciplines. This latest project, Transform, will be on view for one-week beginning with their reception Friday, April 12th, 5-9 pm.

Transform features work that explores the effects of growth and change and how everyday experiences, places, beliefs, and stories can be transformative. The Binder Project is in itself a transformative endeavor tackling the discourse of physical vs. virtual exhibition spaces. The team has worked to mirror the concept of the exhibition, enlisting technology that transforms the conventional gallery space into a widely-accessible digital reality.

The Binder Project is part of an ongoing experiment in the possibilities of the online curatorial enterprise. Created by Grace Harmer, a senior Art History student at Tyler School of Art, The Binder Project aims to build relationships between underrepresented and emerging artists while generating an accessible digital space for their works to flourish and be seen around the globe.

The Collection of Artists consists of:

  • Auqilla Abdulqhani
  • Nathanael Assega
  • Kristian Burks
  • Louise Diamond
  • Jessica Dueck
  • Jeff Gordon
  • Ali Graulty
  • James Haitchwai
  • Luke Hall
  • Peach Model – Kaity Heger
  • Carter Horton
  • Ben Kraemer
  • Chelsey Luster
  • Grace Maas
  • BRiiiM – Briana Maldonado
  • Nicole Noel
  • David Pratt
  • Marta Sanchez
  • Emma Stevens
  • Rachel Wright

The Binder Projects Mission

The Binder Project is a unique and suggestive platform run by artists, for artists based out of Philadelphia. As an online platform, it provides a space for creatives to showcase their art widely, Binder gives the opportunity for your work to be seen by all. The goal of this project is to bring together mediums and people from anywhere and everywhere creating relationships between artists facilitating partnerships and promoting collaborations.

To learn more about The Binder Project visit binderproject.com or contact Grace Harmer: binderprjt@gmail.com.

It’s Sustainability Week at Temple!

Learn more about all these events and more here.

This week also marks the end of RecycleMania 2019. Temple, thank you for protecting the nest and wasting less. Over the course of these past seven weeks, we’ve recycled 95,964 pounds. That’s

  • 183 Metric Tons of CO2= out of the atmosphere, or
  • 36 cars off the road, or
  • 16 fewer households’ energy consumption.

Try not to miss the competition too much. We’ll be back next year better than ever, and you can always watch our awesome videos until then.