Hey Jess! Tell us a little about your background……
I like to refer to myself as a community activist. I love trying to gather people together and challenge their ideas on how to make their city better. I've been making that my goal since before I can remember! On a yearly basis, I run the Scranton Zine Fest, TEDxScranton, and now, Electric City Shocker Theater, an organization geared towards analog video mediums such as 35mm film, Super 8 films, VHS and more. In general, we try to promote the cultural awareness of horror films throughout the decades. I am also involved in the American Institute of Graphic Arts, The Art Directors Club, The Society of Typography Aficionados, Ladies of Letterpress, POWER!Scranton, and I serve on the board for the Lackawanna Arts, Culture, and Education Council.
Professionally, I'm the graphic designer in the Marketing & Communications Department at Marywood University where I create posters, publications, and other design media. I also run an up-and-coming design collective, Backspace Studio, with my friend, Victoria Wright. We plan on officially opening for business after we graduate from the graphic design MFA program at Marywood.
What is the Art Directors Club and how did you get involved?
The Art Directors Club is a fine arts organization founded in 1920. Their main goal is to celebrate leaders in creative communications. I got involved by joining as a Young Professional member. I had found out about the ADC my freshman year of college and wanted to get involved to gain knowledge outside the classroom. I'm now an ADC Ambassador and I help bring the kinds of events that go on around their New York headquarters to Scranton. Throughout the year, they host several events to help artists network and develop a close-knit relationship. Some of these events include ADC After Dark, an easygoing social gathering with members of the club looking to hang out at a local bar together, ADC Talks, where members gain insight in how to create opportunities and forge a dynamic and imaginative career path, ADC Portfolio Night, and of course, ADC Butter, which brings creatives together with a screening of several short independent films curated by The FilmShop. There are also numerous festivals and award ceremonies for designers and visual communicators.
What inspired you to put together and host BUTTER?
BUTTER seemed like a great first choice to help people learn about the Art Directors Club. As an Ambassador for ADC, the event will help me spread the word to creative people in Scranton that a larger network of artists want to correspond with us, help us grow, and get us involved in the newest, upcoming trends.
Why do you think that events like this are important to have in the community?
Events like this help shift people's opinions of their city. It shows that people are making an effort to change the social landscape, infuse creativity, network, and craft friendships.
How did you pick the films?
The films were specially curated by The FilmShop, a group of independent filmmakers and media producers dedicated to developing new work through collaboration and collective development. The theme of the night is "Overcoming Obstacles." For more info, check out thefilmshop.org.
Will there be popcorn?!!?
Yes!! And other snacks too! The event is only $5 and you can pay at the door!
BUTTER Takes place tonight from 6-9pm at Ale Mary's in Scranton, PA. Come out, make friends and support this great event in our community!!!
We had the best time at Johnson College’s Scranton Mini
Maker Faire last weekend. Such an interesting mix of art, science and
technology! It’s no wonder why Maker Faire describes itself as “the greatest
show and tell on earth.” It’s perfectly true!
It’s an exciting time
to live, create and be an artist or maker in Scranton! We’ve been counting down the days until the
Scranton Mini Maker Faire taking place this Saturday October 4th at Johnson
College. Maker Faire has been described as “The Greatest Show (and Tell) on
Earth.” Check out our interview with the Scranton Maker Faire team to hear
all about this fun & innovative experience they have in store for you this
What is a Maker Faire and why is now the right time for
Johnson College to bring it to Scranton?
A few individuals at
the College started to hear about the maker movement two years ago and thought
it would a great event for the College to host since our missions so closely
align. We are all about the process of innovation and celebrating the
creative spirit and what better way to do that then host a Maker Faire on the
Johnson College campus. When you think about it, Scranton was founded on
innovation and the whole idea of making things. So it is the perfect
event to bring to the Scranton community and Johnson College is a natural host
based on our history and strong ties to industry and greater Scranton
We love seeing great ideas come to life and know the
Scranton Maker Faire team put a lot of hard work into this. What did it
take to get this endeavor off the ground.
From the beginning
the administration of the College has been extremely supportive of bringing
this event to life! Dr. Ann Pipinski, President and CEO and Katie
Leonard, Sr. Vice President of College Advancement began talking about this
event two years ago. Katie’s dynamic advancement developed the
event. Kathryn Wynn, Development Associate, Janine Tomaszewski, Associate
Director of College Advancement and Sean Ann Kelly, Advancement Specialist have
been instrumental in every aspect of the event. An event like this has so
many moving parts and each staff member used their skills to play a role.
From talking with donors about sponsorship opportunities and the exposure this
type of event would bring their business, Scranton, and the College, to getting
the word out in multiple ways, to making sure the fine details were addressed,
staff have dedicated themselves to making the event successful and enjoyable
for everyone that attends. We also had a great community committee
in place. Members include Kristina Galati, Jam Works LLC, Anthony T.
Marasco, University of Scranton, Elizabeth Davis, Scranton Public Library,
Andrew Monroy, Penn3D, and Christine Medley, The Workshop. The group met
monthly since May to build community involvement and help us connect with
businesses and individuals who align with the Maker Movement.
Maker Faire is described as “The Greatest Show (and
Tell) on Earth.” Can you tell us more about what we will be happening at
Maker Faire is all about grassroots innovation and fostering that
creativity and resourcefulness in the community. It is a family-friendly event
that offers hands-on experiences that you can grab hold of. Our
exhibiting Makers range from tech enthusiasts to crafters to homesteaders to
scientists to garage tinkerers. They are of all ages and backgrounds. Just some of the types of projects you will see at the
Scranton Mini Maker Faire include:robotics, drones, 3D printing, arduino,
arts & crafts, homemade instruments, Makerspaces, “learn to solder”
workshops, KitRex paper dinosaur puzzle-crafts, 3D holograms, automobiles, fire
& ice, interactive kid’s projects, pen turning, operating model engines,
product innovations, microcontroller boards, print designers, mead making,
woodworking, student projects, monogramming, sustainable energy, tesla coils,
letterpress printing, wine making, handmade jewelry, laughter yoga,
photography, and so much more!
All funds raised from this event are going to the Johnson
College’s Innovation and Opportunity Fund. Can you tell us a little more
about this organization?
The Innovation & Opportunity Fund is an internal granting fund that
supports technology, innovation, and advancement initiatives at Johnson
College. For instance – 3D Printing, Advanced Manufacturing, Compressed
Natural Gas (CNG) Curriculum, Sustainability, and much more.The goal of the Innovation & Opportunity Fund is to
spur innovation and creativity on campus and to supply seed money for startup
resources in order to implement those campus-wide innovations. Students and/or
faculty must submit proposals to receive this funding. Applications will
be evaluated based on the value that the initiatives bring to Johnson College
and the community at large.