Giving Back 2017

Oh this year. Time to buckle down and do what I can to give back. Like last year, I'll be donating all of the profits from the map sales to local nonprofits from Thanksgiving through Giving Tuesday. That means that your purchase of a map will help to support all of the following organizations: Philadelphia Wooden Boat Factory, Marian Anderson Historical Society, SEAMAAC, Red Paw Relief and Students Run Philly Style (more about the nonprofits below). Last year we raised Read more

#whyilovephillyarts Launches

It's official, the first #whyilovephillyarts, featuring Sean Martorana, is now live! Check out the prints below and purchase one of the 30 limited edition prints online. This is the first collaboration that aims to build a body of Philly-specific art across a variety of mediums for people to purchase with 100% of the profits going to the artist (along with a full commissions and licensing Read more

Sean Martorana x Philly Love Notes

The best part about running Philly Love Notes and making maps is the opportunity to connect with, spotlight, and help build the Philly community (see Giving Back This Year -- news about 2017 soon, #whyilovephilly Twitter campaign, #whyilovephilly parties, Philly Love Letters). So... I'm very excited to announce the new project, #whyilovephillyarts, a series of collaborations aimed at showcasing the amazingly talented artists and makers we have here in the city.  The Concept - Commission a piece of art from a variety of painters, illustrators, graphic designers, Read more

#whyilovephilly

Giving Back 2017

Oh this year. Time to buckle down and do what I can to give back. Like last year, I’ll be donating all of the profits from the map sales to local nonprofits from Thanksgiving through Giving Tuesday. That means that your purchase of a map will help to support all of the following organizations: Philadelphia Wooden Boat Factory, Marian Anderson Historical Society, SEAMAAC, Red Paw Relief and Students Run Philly Style (more about the nonprofits below). Last year we raised $4725, and I’m hoping to top it this year. If you need to give someone a gift, especially someone who loves the city, buy a map and give back at the same time. Check out the Etsy shop for more info.

Philly Love Notes map

Your purchase of a custom Philly map will be a donation to the following organizations:

Wooden Boat Factory: Philadelphia Wooden Boat Factory is a non-profit, youth development organization that offers year-round, out-of-school time programming for middle and high school students in traditional boat building, sail making, and environmental sciences. Our students are engaged in real work that is energizing for both body and mind. Through our strength-based, trauma informed approach, we provide youth opportunities to explore, take risks, and lean from failure – experiences that lead to a sense of personal agency. The mission is to engage urban teens in hands-on boat building and on-water programming to nurture the problem solving, communication, and collaboration skills needed to become confident capable adutls.

Marian Anderson Historical Society: The Marian Anderson Historical Residence Museum is the epicenter for the life and legacy of Marian Anderson. This historic landmark contains rare photos, books, memorabilia and films about the life and legacy of Marian Anderson. The museum is run and maintained by The Marian Anderson Historical Society, which also helps to support the Marian Anderson Scholar Artist Program. The house and museum is open for tours daily from 10am – 4pm, Monday through Saturday.

SEAMAAC: Since 1984 SEAMAAC has brought crucially needed support to tens of thousands of families in the Greater Philadelphia area. SEAMAAC stands as one of the oldest and largest refugee-founded agencies in the region with a workforce of over 80% bi/multi-lingual staff serving constituencies from as many as 18 distinct linguistic communities.

Red Paw Relief: Red Paw is the only organization in the country that provides 24/7 emergency response for citizens w/pets affected by house fires & residential disasters. Services include: Search & Rescue, emergency medical care, emergency transport, emergency veterinary care & emergency shelter. Run by firefighters & veterans. Based out of Philly!

Students Run Philly Style: Students Run Philly Style is a mentoring program that uses long distance running as a vehicle to create meaningful relationships between youth participants and caring adult mentors, fostering resilience in our youth. Over the course of nine months, youth ages 12-18 run alongside their mentors, training for races of increasing distance. The ultimate goal: completing the Philadelphia marathon. Founded in 2004, Students Run Philly Style has grown from serving 50 youth at five teams in year one to serving over 1,000 youth at over 45 teams. Our sea of royal blue shirts with lime green lettering is a staple at major running events in Philadelphia. Contributions from the community not only bolster our ability to grow our service to Philadelphia youth, but demonstrates to our student runners that the community believes in their ability to achieve seemingly impossible goals.

PLEASE NOTE: At a certain point I will max out on the number of maps I can produce in time for the holidays. If that happens, I’ll send along postcard + wrapping paper to be used as a placeholder until the map can be made. Thanks and Happy Holidays!

PLEASE NOTE #2: If you’re interested in donating to any of the above organizations, click the link to go directly to their donations page. 

Philly love notes map

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Sean Martorana x Philly Love Notes

The best part about running Philly Love Notes and making maps is the opportunity to connect with, spotlight, and help build the Philly community (see Giving Back This Year — news about 2017 soon, #whyilovephilly Twitter campaign#whyilovephilly partiesPhilly Love Letters). So… I’m very excited to announce the new project, #whyilovephillyarts, a series of collaborations aimed at showcasing the amazingly talented artists and makers we have here in the city. 

The Concept

– Commission a piece of art from a variety of painters, illustrators, graphic designers, fabric artists, woodworkers, etc. in their traditional medium. No real guidelines except that it had to be about Philly.

– Create a 5×7 postcard from that original to be sent out as a limited edition of 50 with each of the custom woodcut maps.

– Design a limited edition set of prints to be sold in the Etsy shop (more details to come + link to buy).

– Build a body of Philly-specific art across a variety of mediums for people to purchase with 100% of the profits going to the artist (along with a full commissions and licensing fees).

Artist Collaboration #1

Sean Martorana is one of my favorite Philly artists and is the real reason why I even make maps. If it weren’t for him, I would have never digitized the original and it wouldn’t have crossed my mind to make it into a bigger project. He has truly been one of my inspirations in the city, so I was very excited when he agreed to try out the first artist collaboration.

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Breath of Desire

Sean’s piece, called Breath of Desire, combines Harriet Whitney Frishmuth’s sculpture Aspiration, located in the Laurel Hill Cemetery with icons of Pennsylvania — the state dog (the Great Dane), the state plant (Penngift Crownvetch), and the state bird (the Ruffed Grouse) among others. Breath of Desire uses ink, acrylic, white pencil and gold enamel on thick deckled paper to create a final piece that embodies the spirit and attitude of Philadelphians — our passion, loyalty and acceptance.

Stay tuned next week when we put the limited edition prints on sale and be on the lookout next month for a new piece by Sarah Ferone.

Sean Martorana x Philly Love Notes

Sean Martorana’s Breath of Desire artist statement

When asked to create something for Philly Love Notes that represented Philadelphia, I wanted to look beyond the obvious and learn more about the city I love so much. So I started to research the unofficial symbols of Philadelphia that I felt captured the spirit and attitude of the people — our passion, loyalty and acceptance.

I find the creative community here in Philadelphia to be very special. There is an energy that comes from mutual support, admiration, and celebration that doesn’t exist everywhere. I felt that energy when I saw Harriet Whitney Frishmuth’s sculpture Aspiration (1933), located in the famous Laurel Hill Cemetery, and it became the centerpiece of this painting. Ms. Frishmuth was a native of Philadelphia – born here in 1880, and buried near her incredible sculpture – and her spirit and influence lives on.

Included in the piece are other icons of Pennsylvania that I see in the shared character of Philadelphians: the Great Dane for its strength, beauty, intelligence and tolerance; the Eastern Hemlocks for their protection and shelter; the Ruffed Grouse, a hardy bird that is a survivor in tough conditions; the beautiful Penngift Crownvetch, which plants its roots deep into the ground, protecting the land around it; and finally, the fireflies that light the way through the dark.

These are the symbols of life here in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. A city of hope, tolerance, refuge, endurance, community and light.

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**Who’s your favorite artist? Send me suggestions! I’d love to try and work with them. You can reach me at phillylovenotes@gmail.com 

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My Annual Philly Love Note 2015 Edition

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Favorite Place: Delaware River Waterfront (but I’m biased)

I am: A lover of the waterfront, blogger, Philly-girl, twin, friend, giver of good gifts, closeted romantic, biker.
Years in Philly: 32 minus 5
Current Home: S. Philly (even farther South than last year)

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#whyilovephilly Twitter Campaign 2015

It’s that time of year again. No, not Valentine’s Day, but #whyilovephilly Day!!

The mission is simple: To show Philly some love. Last year, thousands of organizations and individuals participated in the #whyilovephilly Twitter campaign (4000 tweets, 2000+ participants, 9 Million impressions). This year, the #whyilovephilly website (www.whyilovephilly.com) is live, and will serve as the hub for Instagram and Twitter feeds. Please join us again this year.

How you can participate: On Valentines Day, tweet about why you love philly, using #whyilovephilly. Ask your followers to do the same. Retweet some of your favorite responses. It’s that easy.

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#whyilovephilly 2014 Twitter Campaign Recap

Well that was fun…

By the numbers:

  • Approximately 4000 posts
  • 2000+ users
  • Almost 9 million impressions
  • Clearly people like the Mummers, beer, biking and food

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To see a continuous feed of all things #whyilovephilly on Twitter and Instagram, check out the official website at www.whyilovephilly.com or the stream below.


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#whyilovephilly Twitter Campaign 2014

It’s that time of year again. No, not Valentine’s Day, but #whyilovephilly Day!!

The mission is simple: To show Philly some love. Last year, thousands of organizations and individuals participated in the #whyilovephilly Twitter campaign, causing the hashtag to trend locally and nationally throughout the day. This year, the #whyilovephilly website (www.whyilovephilly.com) is live, and will serve as the hub for Instagram and Twitter feeds. Please join us again this year.

How you can participate: On Valentines Day, tweet about why you love philly, using #whyilovephilly. Ask your followers to do the same. Retweet some of your favorite responses. It’s that easy.

Who else is involved: We’ve got a bunch of organizations all ready to spread the word. They include, but are not limited to the Young Involved Philly, the Bike Coalition, Visit Philadelphia, Geekadelphia, Yelp Philly, Eyes on the Street, the Office of Arts, Culture and the Creative Economy, Old City District, and many, many more.

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#whyilovephilly Party Recap

Second big #whyilovephilly Party is done! Whew. When scheduling the party, I didn’t realize I would also be opening Waterfront Winterfest the week before, so for about 6 weeks, I’ve been running on complete manic energy (with only one freak out). But now it’s done, and I have to say, I’m a bit sad. I think I like party planning.

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The making of the #whyilovephilly Little Baby’s ice cream

Yesterday, my good friends Leigh Goldenberg (who’s helping to organize the #whyilovephilly party) and Aaron Bauman, along with one of Little Baby’s owners, Martin Brown, teamed up to make a new, Philly-centric flavor = Soft pretzel ice cream with Tastykake Butterscotch Krimpets, a soft pretzel swirl, and Goldenberg Peanut Chews as a topping. The result will premiere at the #whyilovephilly party on Friday, but needless to say, the initial tastes were amazing.

The process…
1. Toasting the Philly soft pretzels and letting them soak overnight in the dairy base
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The #whyilovephilly twitter campaign recap

Well that was fun…

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Yesterday I put together a #whyilovephilly twitter campaign, enlisting the help of over fifty news organizations, non-profits and individuals. We asked people why they loved Philly, and added in a few of our own reasons. We retweeted the ones we liked, and had conversations across the Philly-twitterverse. We did it all using #whyilvephilly.

You know what happened? There were thousands of tweets from Philadelphians and former residents. It remained almost entirely positive. We had so much to say about this city that we made it trend all day in Philadelphia and nationally for a part of the day. People talked about the sports teams, the history, cheesesteaks (of course), the independent music scene, museums, crab fries, and more. There was a lot said about crab fries.

The takeaway: people love this city for a variety of reasons, but mostly because it is home.

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#whyilovephilly Twitter Campaign

Philly Love Notes is putting together a #whyilovephilly Twitter campaign for
Valentines Day, and we want your help!

 

The mission is simple: To show Philly some love and to get #whyilovephilly trending on Valentines Day.

How you can participate: On Valentines Day, tweet about why you love philly, using #whyilovephilly. Ask your followers to do the same. Retweet some of your favorite responses. It’s that simple.

Who else is involved: We’ve got a bunch of organizations all ready to spread the word. They include, but are not limited to, NewsWorks, the Academy of Natural Science, Geekadelphia, Hidden Cities, Campus Philly, JUMP Magazine, the Tin Angel, Old City District and many, many more.
#whyilovephilly Twitter Feed

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