Staff Member: Rashanda Freeman
Title: Brand Awareness & Community Director
Picks: We Are the Seeds - Cozy Protected Hoodie
Why: Who doesn’t need a warm & comfy hoodie for the winter months? We Are the Seeds created a “Protected” hoodie that will not only keep you warm, but the messaging is a great gift for those who feel blessed & highly favored by the ancestors this holiday season!
Staff Member: Beth Warshaw
Title: Managing Community Director
Picks: Young Artist Program’s handmade journals & zines
Why: Made by young people, students from the Young Artist Program’s drop-in sessions and classes, they feature journals for your writing and art from Philly’s next wave.
Staff Member: Ellen Snyder
Title: Finance Director
Picks: We Are The Seeds: “I Will Carry You” by Colleen Farwell
Why: A beautifully written and illustrated book for any family. I received this book for my grandson and it’s a must read at bedtime.
Staff Member: Wayne Kleppe
Title: Accounts Payable
Picks: The Head and The Hand Kensington Homestead (author Nic Esposito)
Why: I love short essays and collected stories. I also love vegetables, so it’s a bit of a win-win. Socially, moving forward, it will be increasingly more important to develop sustainable farming practices in urban settings as we’re projected to have 70% of the global population urbanized by 2050.
Staff Member: Wilfredo Hernandez
Title: Interim Executive Director
Picks: Beyond the Bell Tours
Why: Beyond the Bell (BTB) continues their years-long work as a top rated tour company (TripAdvisor) who is illuminating the histories of peoples and places oft left out of the story of “Philadelphia.” Check out their LGBTQ History or Badass Women’s History Tour as a gift for the community and equity-minded people in your life - or even as a treat to yourself!
Staff Member: Johnny Gerant
Title: Finance Manager
Picks: Monument Lab: Monument Lab: Creative Speculations for Philadelphia
Why: Monument Lab has made me curious about the thoughts that go into curating art around the city, specifically the thoughts that go into the creation of monuments. I think it would be lovely to start with the creativity in Philadelphia.