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Meaningful Change Through Creative Adaptation

July 30 @ 4:45 pm - 5:45 pm EDT

(Link will go live on 07/30/2020)

We have recently heard many stories about how individuals and organizations have had to adapt to the continually changing, uncertain times. But what has that meant for creatives? Hear from a panel of creatives on how they have been creatively adapting their business models, their content, their medium, and their art. Not only from the “pre-COVID days” but across their careers – whether turning a passion into a profession or evolving traditional in-person activities to unique virtual experiences. And more importantly, learn about what kind of immediate and lasting impact they want their work to have. Creative inspiration can come from anywhere, and creative adaptation can create meaningful change.

Moderator: Ellen Hwang

Ellen Hwang joined Knight Foundation in April 2019. Previously, Hwang served the City of Philadelphia’s Office of Innovation and Technology, where she oversaw the creation of SmartCityPHL, the city’s first roadmap to guide the use of technology in serving the community and improving government services.

Before working with the City of Philadelphia, she directed programs at the city’s Asian Arts Initiative. There, she collaborated with the community, as well as artists, culture-based organizations and schools to develop and implement youth programs that engaged them in arts and community development projects.

Hwang is a regular speaker on topics such as Smart Cities, community-driven technology planning and design, and engagement strategies for local government. She has presented at prominent events including SXSW, the Smart City New York Conference, and Tech Foundations for Congressional Staffers at the Georgetown University Law Center.
Hwang has lived in Philadelphia for 13 years and grew up in Greater Philadelphia.

She is a graduate of Temple University, where she earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in English and Master of Science in city and regional planning. She is a member of American Planning Association PA Emerging Professionals, and the CoLab Philadelphia Task Force with Jefferson University.  (Credit: Knight Foundation Website)

Panelist: Rob Buscher

Rob Buscher, is a film and media specialist, educator, arts administrator, and published author who has worked in non-profit arts organizations for over a decade. As a person of multi-racial Japanese American heritage who is deeply involved in his community, Rob also has an expertise in cultural sensitivity training, community organizing, and advocacy issues related to the Asian American & Pacific Islander (AAPI) community.

Panelist: Pamela Heatherington

Pamela Hetherington is a Philadelphia native and jazz tap dancer. Her artistic work aims to expand the boundaries of the dance, both as a soloist, a choreographer, and a composer. Her choreography has been presented in a variety of jazz music and concert venues along the East Coast. Her solo career is devoted to duo jazz collaborations that devise new ways to arrange tap dance to improvised music. She has an original jazz composition published in the Philadelphia Real Book and is a featured artist on the Whitman Project Mixtape, published by The Philadelphia Jazz Project (2019). Since 2015, she has owned Sound Space Performing Arts, an urban dance studio in North Philadelphia, where she directs forward-thinking dance programs and spearheads new initiatives that keep tap dance alive in Philadelphia.

Panelist: Dave Silver

The founder of REC Philly, a company that provides resources to up-and-coming musicians, bands and other entertainers. REC Philly helps members record, get booked for live shows, network and receive industry services.The organization, which Forbes magazine called “a WeWork for musicians,” operates a 400-person music venue in West Philly called William Street Common and serves as a creative facility in North Philly. Silver, a Temple graduate, has also co-organized Amplify Philly at South By Southwest for three years, booking music acts for a presentation that draws attention to Philadelphia’s music and startup communities. (Credit: Hip Hop 103.9 30 Under 30 interview)

Panelist: Selena Yip

Selena is the newest Festival Director of Philadelphia Asian American Film Festival, a local festival that showcases artworks and films from Asian disaporic creators from around the world. Selena’s work focuses on creating platforms for the voices of POC, particularly in Philadelphia, to be heard.


July 30
4:45 pm - 5:45 pm EDT