NexGen Philadelphia 2017

Introducing students to creative occupations

Educators & professionals introduce students to diverse specialties such as digital and other visual design, animation, performance, and fashion through a series of breakout sessions.

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Saturday, May 13, 2017 | 7:45am – 1:00pm
Philadelphia University

Many students and their parents are simply unaware of the diversity that exists with arts-based careers.

School-based career fairs very often overlook the artistic and creative student within their presentations. Many school-based curriculums and programming that include the arts, these days, find themselves under tremendous financial pressures resulting in program cutbacks and visionary loss for the next generation workforce.

The 2017 NexGen Philadelphia event is May 13 at Philadelphia University, located in East Falls Philadelphia. The event provides access to information and skills specific to traditional and non-traditional arts-based career pathways and development for aspiring visual, performing, and technology arts students.


Elena Vazintaris
Choreographer, Movement Director and Filmmaker
About Elena Vazintaris

Kevin Jackson
Design Director, Blackfynn

About Kevin Jackson

Mike Gadsby
Partner & Chief Experience Officer, O3 World
About Mike Gadsby

Rachel Ford
Founder/Director, Made Institute
About Rachel Ford

Rashid Zakat
About Rashid Zakat

Martha Rich
Illustrator & Commercial Artist
About Martha Rich

Fredric “Fresh” Freeman
Virtual Reality Designer, Animator & Artist
About Fredric “Fresh” Freeman




7:45am-8:00am Arrival / Breakfast
8:15am-9:30am Welcome
8:30am – 9:15am Student Panel
(25 min. rotation)
Breakout Sessions 1
UX / Design – Kevin Jackson
Dance/Film – Elena Vazintaris
Fashion – Rachel Ford
11:00am Snack Break
(25 min. rotation)
Breakout Sessions 2
Film – Rashid Zakat
Illustration – Martha Rich
Virtual Reality – Fredric “Fresh” Freeman
12:45pm Wrap Up
1:00pm-1:45pm Tour of the 2017 PhilaU Innovator’s Expo
(read about last years expo)

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Student Participation Disclaimer

All attendees under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a parent, guardian, teacher or chaperone for the duration of the event. Participants arriving without a parent-approved chaperone will not be permitted to participate.


Philadelphia University
Lawrence N. Field DEC Center

4201 Henry Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19144
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Parking is Free and available in the student lots.