PACDC Calendar

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Contemporary Living in a Historic Environment: Challenges and Opportunities Facing Housing in Philadelphia

Please plan to join the Housing Committee as we, along with the AIA's Historic Preservation Committee, host our Third Annual Housing Event, "Contemporary Living in a Historic Environment: Challenges and Opportunities Facing Housing in Philadelphia." This forum will investigate the challenges and opportunities of rehabilitation and adaptive reuse of historic properties to residential use. Paul Steinke, Executive Director of the Preservation Alliance for Greater Philadelphia, will moderate our discussion. Joining Paul will be: - David Waxman, Developer, MMPartners, LLC; - Robert Thomas, Architect, Campbell Thomas & Co.; - Brad Copeland, Executive Director, Mt. Airy USA Topics to be covered include: - Rehabilitation of Abandoned Structures - Steps to Transformation - Historic Tax Credits & Facade Easements - Aging Envelopes - Vision for the Futgure The event will be followed by a reception and continued discussion. AIA members will receive 1.5 AIA CES LUs (HSW) Continuing Education Credits. 5:30 pm - 6:00 pm Registration & Light Refreshments 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm Presentations & Panel Discussion 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm Reception
Event Cost:
-$5 Students -$10 Members -$15 Non-Members

Thursday, October 25, 2018 at 08:00 AM through October 26, 2018
Hilton Harrisburg in Harrisburg, PA

KEEA Energy Efficiency Conference

The Keystone Energy Efficiency Alliance (KEEA) is proud to announce the eighth annual KEEA Energy Efficiency Conference! Pennsylvania markets are going through changes from the municipal to the state level, creating unique new opportunities in the industry – are you prepared to take full advantage of them?  KEEA Conference 2018 will arm you with the tools to navigate new scenarios and grow in new directions – come join us to sharpen your skills, brainstorm with peers and industry thought leaders, and learn about how to take action to create success. You’ve got questions, and our experts have some of the answers – you have the answers, too! KEEA’s 2018 conference will feature interactive, 2-way workshops and discussions where we’ll connect to find the answers together. We're back in our old stomping grounds in Harrisburg, PA this year, and back to our original conference hotel from the first even KEEA conference - the Harrisburg Hilton! Get your discount room in our room block, now, here Tickets: $150-375, click below for details. Questions? Contact Kristin Seale at   Register Here

Monday, October 29, 2018 at 08:30 AM
International House Philadelphia in Philadelphia , PA

The Road Home

Join us to participate in thoughtful conversations about compassion-centered and trauma-informed practices in art and healing. The culmination of Mural Arts Philadelphia’s work with artist Swoon (Caledonia Curry) in Kensington, this symposium features renowned speaker and author Dr. Gabor Maté, as well as a wide array of experts in the field of trauma and addiction.

In collaboration with therapist and artist Jessica Radovich and storytellers Heather Box and Julian Mocine-McQueen, Swoon offered near-daily open-door workshops at the Porch Light Kensington Storefront in April and May. Weekly harm-reduction workshops connected participants to further resources at the nearby Prevention Point facility, across the street from a shelter where a new mural and outdoor lighting and seating will renew this public space for all.

Through this conference, we aim to rework traditional power dynamics and systems by encouraging deep engagement from  participants. The values of the conference are connection, empowerment, deep understanding, and meaningful change on individual, community, and systemic levels.

After a keynote from globally recognized addiction specialist Dr. Gabor Maté, we will hear from a wide array of experts in the field, including those who have directly experienced addiction and trauma. We believe in compassion-centered healing, and aim to explore the artistic stretches of our humanity to support people in their own creativity and healing. We believe in the power of art and story and connection to transform trauma through truth. If you are are looking for a place to ignite hope, connect fully, and speak honestly around some of the most trying topics of our times—addiction, trauma, pain—you have come to the right place.


8 a.m. Registration and refreshments
9 a.m. Introduction
9:15 a.m. Keynote with Dr. Gabor Maté
10:15 a.m. Q&A with Dr. Gabor Maté
10:30 a.m. Movement break
10:45 a.m. Coffee break
11 a.m. Workshops
12:15 p.m. Closing remarks


Experience the Storefront: Art on the Front Lines 
Join us in a real-time exploration of art on the front lines of healing trauma and battling addiction. Let us show you the radical power of meaningful art, and the humanity in the act of using one’s hands and heart in service of beauty. Art is not a band-aid—art is a part of positive change. Come experience for yourself the tactile artistic heartbeat of our storefront in the Kensington neighborhood.
Narratives for Change: Storytelling Workshop 
Story is the heart of our humanity—story is who we are, how we learn, what we remember. Story is the reason why. At the Million Person Project, we are part of the revolution, moving toward authentic humanity and true connection. At the heart of trauma and addiction, there is story. And healing? That can be part of the story too. We will practice the deeply powerful tool of Life-Mapping, and teach you how to use your own story and humanity to connect with the story and humanity of others. In diving into your own personal story, mining for values and meaning, you can harness the power of your deepest truths for the greatest good. We will teach you how to explore your own life experiences and the shape of your humanity, by way of storywork. All are welcome, and all stories are honored here.
DIY Trauma-Informed Skills for the Street 
Sometimes our desire to intervene and act in delicate situations is overshadowed by our fear of not knowing what to do. While not everyone will become a trained therapist, we can all learn ways to recognize and work with trauma on a daily basis.  This will be an unveiling of an approachable and usable collection of tools for anybody to use in supporting someone who is experiencing the impact of trauma. We will also look at how to know when your own pain is driving your response, and how to sort out the wisest course of action. Trauma and addiction often find people alone in their darkest hour, so these tools are meant to equip us to face those times with groundedness and love. This workshop is designed for those who wish to be better informed and equipped to make small acts with great love through direct relationships.
The Cutting Edge of Trauma: Healing and Solutions to Addiction
This workshop will serve as a dialogue around the creative solutions at the forefront of opioid addiction and treatment. The nationwide opioid epidemic calls on our creativity around the treatment and culture of healing. At the cutting edge of trauma and addiction, there are hard conversations to be had about what it means to truly serve communities in meaningful and effective ways; expect dialogue and brainstorming around radical approaches.

Saturday, November 03, 2018 at 09:30 AM · $10.00 USD
Temple University Center City

Iron Sharpens Iron

Join PACDC for a very special fall installment of our Iron Sharpens Iron series focused on building the power of emerging community leaders between the ages of 16-22. Participants will obtain tools and resources that enhance their capacity to more effectively communicate with and mobilize neighborhood stakeholders for successful social change. Join us for an engaging and intensive workshop training developed and facilitated by experienced Philadelphia community organizers. Workshops and trainers to be announced very soon!

Tickets are $10. All ages welcome with special priority for emerging leaders! If you are an emerging leader and cannot cover the cost to attend, please contact Zakya Hall at or 215-732-5829.

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Thursday, December 13, 2018 at 08:00 AM · $69.00 USD

Health + Housing Summit

Join us on December 13th at Thomas Jefferson University Hospitals for Philadelphia’s first Health + Housing Summit. Hear from practitioners from around the country about the work they are doing from hospitals, MCOs, and insurance companies to address a range of housing needs in the communities they serve. Learn about exciting models that can be replicated in our city and region while networking with the health professionals, policy makers, and housing advocates who can make it happen right here.

This full day Summit will feature Dr. Kelly Kelleher of Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus, Ohio and Sister Mary Scullion of Project HOME as keynote speakers, lunch, and a full afternoon of workshops and networking opportunities.

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