Meet. Mingle. Network: PANMA

Young Professionals Preview Night is a special, high-profile preview cocktail reception and networking event for young professional leaders in the Philadelphia area.

There are over a dozen young professional groups participating. Get to know featured organization PANMA, as board member Reed Gustow answers a few of our questions.

Can you tell us a bit about your organization?

The Philadelphia Area New Media Association serves individuals and companies involved in digital development. By offering a professionally and socially friendly environment, PANMA enhances the interconnections in our community, encourages locally trained and educated professionals to make their homes in the Philadelphia region, and increases employment and business opportunities for our industry. PANMA has been connecting the interactive digital community since 1996.

What benefits does your organization offer a young professional?

PANMA is a ‘big tent’ organization within the Philadelphia tech-creative community. We are web developers, graphic designers, code writers, user interface and user experience designers, database programmers, game developers, application developers, videographers, photographers, writers and marketing professionals. We offer educational events covering a broad range of topics of interest to our community as well as social events and opportunities for personal and business networking.

Why should young professionals be encouraged to attend the preview night?

Preview night offers a chance to see fine, locally created art in many media, as well as an excellent opportunity to learn about one of Philadelphia’s leading venues for art exhibition, information, and programs. In addition, it’s a chance to meet professionals in other fields, make personal connections and gain a broader view.

Do you think it’s important for young professionals to show an interest in art?

Yes. Viewing and interacting with art in its many forms enriches life. It provides inspiration and encourages thinking and perceiving along paths not previously considered. Seeing the results of the creative process can encourage one’s own creativity, or at least a deeper appreciation of the experience.

Joseph Labolito's images are a portrait of a city that he loves. He has photographed the people, places and things in Philadelphia in the 80s and 90s.
Joseph V. Labolito
Joseph V. Labolito

Joseph Labolito's images are a portrait of a city that he loves. He has photographed the people, places and things in Philadelphia…

Joseph Labolito's images are a portrait of a city that he loves. He has photographed the people, places and things in Philadelphia in the 80s and 90s.…

Joseph Labolito's images are a portrait of a city that he loves. He has photographed the people, places and things in Philadelphia in the 80s and 90s.…

The beauty of nature, the grit of the city; an angry song and a positive attitude. It’s the contrast of our surroundings and the complexity of everyday life that inspires the artwork of Jodi Cachia.
Jodi Cachia
Jodi Cachia

The beauty of nature, the grit of the city; an angry song and a positive attitude. It’s the contrast of our surroundings…

The beauty of nature, the grit of the city; an angry song and a positive attitude. It’s the contrast of our surroundings and the complexity of everyday life that inspires the artwork of Jodi Cachia. …

The beauty of nature, the grit of the city; an angry song and a positive attitude. It’s the contrast of our surroundings and the complexity of everyday life that inspires the artwork of Jodi Cachia. …

Carol McHarg
Carol McHarg
Jaime Alvarez is an artist living and working in Philadelphia. His background is in photography but has been known to make site specific installations.
Jaime Alvarez
Jaime Alvarez

Jaime Alvarez is an artist living and working in Philadelphia. His background is in photography but has been known to make…

Jaime Alvarez is an artist living and working in Philadelphia. His background is in photography but has been known to make site specific installations. …

Jaime Alvarez is an artist living and working in Philadelphia. His background is in photography but has been known to make site specific installations. …

Phyllis Anderson has been painting for nearly three decades, exploring process and outcome, meaning and metaphor.  She approaches her work like a lab experiment, a set of steps to see what will happen. Her painting process usually begins with a thick underpainting using a carefully chosen color (a color of influence!) which is left intentionally visible at the edges.
Phyllis Anderson
Phyllis Anderson

Phyllis Anderson has been painting for nearly three decades, exploring process and outcome, meaning and metaphor. She approaches…

Phyllis Anderson has been painting for nearly three decades, exploring process and outcome, meaning and metaphor. She approaches her work like a lab experiment, a set of steps to see what will happen.…

Phyllis Anderson has been painting for nearly three decades, exploring process and outcome, meaning and metaphor. She approaches her work like a lab experiment, a set of steps to see what will happen. Her painting process…

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