Fresh Artists' Cool Jobs 2018
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Fresh Artists presents our latest innovative initiative - COOL JOBS!

The Cool Jobs Mission is to:

  • Introduce almost 600 at-risk sixth and seventh graders to people doing real jobs they didn’t know existed.
  • Show them accessible paths to these jobs in the creative economy.
  • Encourage them to stay in school and choose the best-fit high schools and colleges.
  • To provide a resource through the Handbook given to each student with hundreds of afterschool, weekend and summer creative opportunities from organizations around the city.


The fifth annual Cool Jobs will be held March 31 through April 2, 2020 at the “Moulin” event space at Sherman Mills in the East Falls neighborhood of Philadelphia. This stunning, huge event space will be set up in trade-show format with booths for presenters and information about special career themed high schools, local and regional universities, and art and design colleges. The young teens will meet, in small groups of around 15, with successfully employed artists, chefs, fashion, furniture and game designers. digital printers, photographers and other creatives, and learn what it takes to find A JOB TO LOVE FOR LIFE. Cool Jobs is firmly entrenched as the cornerstone of our mission. We invite everyone to be a part of it. 


52% of Philadelphia's creative kids with astonishing potential are at risk of dropping out after 8th grade before they even make it to high school. Artistic teens are often told, “There aren’t any paying jobs for artists.”



Look around. Someone designed the office chair you’re sitting in. The $300 Nike sneakers your kiddo has to have, the LEED Platinum building you work in, the set of dishes you bought at Crate & Barrel. The need for green design is taking off and designing prosthetics and adaptive devices is fascinating and meaningful work.



Cool Jobs shows young teens amazing, attainable career options. COOL JOBS is a 3-day pop-up expo, with original funding from the James L. and John S. Knight Foundation, bringing successful working artists, chefs, artisans, art therapists, photographers, designers, and digital printers, and makers together in one place to demonstrate their work to creative teens. We invite students from Philly, Chester, Norristown and Camden schools to learn what a typical day is like for someone working in a creative field.


The message: You don’t have to starve to be an artist. You DO have to stay in school, take advantage of after school, weekend and summer art class opportunities, and work hard! There are lots of cool jobs out there that you can love for life. 



We’ve selected and interviewed terrific professionals working in the creative economy to talk informally about who they are, what they do every day, and how they found their awesome job. They will demonstrate their tools, technology, creative process and show finished products to small guided groups of around 15 teens. NO SPEECHES, JUST CONVERSATION. Student groups will rotate to another presenter every 20 min, meeting a total of 7 people during their Cool Jobs session, and getting a ton of interesting, useful information to take home!



Fresh Artists provides private bus transport for each group of 44 7th grade students to and from Cool Jobs, for either a morning or afternoon session. Each student will meet 7 fascinating professionals plus their Guide, who is also someone working in creative endeavors.

  • Tuesday, March 31
    Morning Sessions: 9:30am to 11:30am
    Afternoon Sessions: 12:15pm to 2:15pm
  • Wednesday, April 1
    Morning Sessions: 9:30am to 11:30am
    Afternoon Sessions: 12:15pm to 2:15pm
  • Thursday, April 2
    Morning Sessions: 9:30am to 11:30am
    Afternoon Sessions: 12:15pm to 2:15pm


Each bus is met by trained Guides, who divide the kids into small groups, and remain with their group for the entire session. We will do a short on site survey at the end of the experience to capture the teens' responses and measure the impact of our program.



We will provide participating art teachers with a short, lesson plan for a follow-up in-school reflection the next week. This will reinforce the experience, get valuable feedback on impact and set up an evaluation process to stay in touch with participating kids through one year post-graduation or beyond.



This is the fourth year for COOL JOBS, a Fresh Artists’ annual program. The Knight Foundation was very excited about our concept and they suggested we consider bringing Cool Jobs to many other cities.


We have assembled a team of stunningly successful people – doing what they love every day. People who want to inspire kids to stay in school, find the best-fit high school and pursue their dream.


But first they have to have a dream!

Meeting these people can change children’s lives. This 100% Free Program will introduce kids to new ideas, new people, new aesthetics, new technology, and new possibilities for changing their life trajectories through conversations with these caring and interesting professionals.


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We've all heard,

Artist's Starve.

Here’s the truth.

"There has never been a time in history when there were more opportunities for creative people to make a living."
- Barbara Chandler Allen, Founder, Fresh Artists

Well, we’re tired of this being a well-kept secret. We decided to create a space where kids at this critical turning point can meet fascinating, dynamic, successful people who wake up everyday excited about their purpose and potential. Making things and creating change.


The Space: Cool Jobs. 

We’re betting many kids leave Cool Jobs with a dream . . . “I wanna be a (fill-in-the-blank)”. A dream that will keep them in school, choose the best-fit high school, graduate and pursue their dream for a successful job to love for life.


Cool Jobs is a roaring success! Join us!

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COOL JOBS Sneak Peek Party

We’re throwing a Cool Jobs Sneak Peek Party- our annual fundraising event the night before (Monday Night, March 30th) Cool Jobs. The same creative presenters that the kids are meeting have agreed to present their work to YOU! We are inviting all the grownups we know to graze and gab with other successful artists and creatives demonstrating their work in a night full of fun!


When - Monday, March 30th from 6:00 – 9:00 pm

Where -Moulin at Sherman Mills, 3502 Scotts Lane, Philadelphia, PA 19129

Who - Anyone who cares about kids in our public schools!

Ways to help - Sponsor a presenter booth, information wall, bus, workbook or buy tickets!



Help us throw almost 600 city kids a lifeline!

We need your help to make this a roaring success. We are looking for corporate and individual sponsorships for almost everything that is nailed down or mobile! We invite you to join the following donors who believe fiercely in Cool Jobs as a major educational innovation.


Click Here to download the Sponsor A Dream packet (7.4mb PDF)


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We invite you to join the following donors & advisors who believe fiercely in Cool Jobs as a major educational innovation:



Adam Aquino - BEHR Paint

Jeff Ashley - Jefferson University

Carol Bailis - Wells Fargo

Barbara Bassett - Philadelphia Museum of Art

Antonio Black - Industrial Designer, Toys and Pet Products

Ted Borowsky - Foster KeenCut

Jackie Buhn - Athenian Razak

Nicole Carville - Haworth

Robert Chaney - Institute of Contemporary Art

Donna Cooper - Public Citizens for Children & Youth

Karin S. Copeland - CreateXChange

Heather Coyne - philafad, University of Pennsylvania

Susan Miller Davis - Architect / Public Art

Joe Deetz - Visual Magnetics
Tara Justice - Brulee Catering

Rosemarie Fabien - Fabien Communications

Donna Frisbee-Greenwood - Fund for the School District of Philadelphia

Susan Frostén - Jefferson University

Lyn Godley - Lyn Godley Design Studio

Elizabeth Grimaldi - Fleisher Art Memorial

Christine Hartley - Rhode Island School of Design

Douglas Herman - Rough Cut Productions

Jason James - Listrak, Fresh Artists Board

Barbara Klinkhammer - Jefferson University, College of Architecture/Built Environment

Christine Kochevar - Clutch

Frank Lee - Westphal College of Media Arts & Design, Drexel University

Kelly Lee - Chief Cultural Officer, City of Philadelphia

Michael Leonard - Academic Dean, School of Design & Engineering, Philadelphia University

Maud Lyon - Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance

Tricia Trainor Monsell - Interface FLOR

Jim Pasquerella - Avison Young

Elena Piperno - A.C. Moore

Alexandra Overton - Nelson

Karen Randal - Retired, Director of the Office of Business Attraction and Retention,
City of Philadelphia, Department of Commerce

Jaime Salm - MIO

Michael Spain - D2 Interiors + D2DA Architects

Gretchen Suess - Netter Center, University of Pennsylvania

Charles Thornton - Charles H. Thornton & Company LLC

Jason Varney - Varney Photo

Felicia Wallace-Benton - Daltile

Jerria Williams - Author

Kid Holding Artwork


"I'm going to be an Architect someday"

Kid Image Girl Cutout

" I'm going to design cars for a living!"


Kid Image Girl Cutout

"I'm going to be a 5-Star chef someday!"