Meet Our AFTCP Kickoff Guest of Honor: Paul Steinke

Only a couple weeks until the 19th installment of Art for the Cash Poor and the Kickoff Party!  Food, brew, and art? It’s going to be a blast

Every year, the Kickoff honors a special individual who shows dedication to their communities.  For 2018, we’re celebrating Paul Steinke and his new position with The Preservation Alliance as Executive Director, where he will contribute to preserving Philadelphia’s historic beauty.   Prior, he was general manager of the beloved Reading Terminal Market, as well as University City’s first Exec Director.  It goes without saying that he’s passionate about people and their communities.  He genuinely believes every person, regardless of race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, or socioeconomic status, deserves an equal opportunity for success and happiness here in Philadelphia.

I had the chance to get to know our honoree a little bit more the other day…   

S:  When did you realize your passion for improving the quality of life for others?

P: I think it was at a very young age when I admired my maternal grandmother, Bessie.  She was active in her church, the local senior citizens home, and in a women’s fraternal organization called The Eastern Star.  I was impressed by her activism and engagement with others. She was probably my first role model.

S: What will you take away from Reading Terminal Market and University City that will follow into your work in preserving Philadelphia with the Alliance?

P: The Power of Place, in terms of defining who we are and imparting values and meaning to our lives.  A place that is loved for its history, architecture and people forms a powerful part of our own self-identities and our sense of why and how our lives are important, meaningful, and worth living.

S: For you, how does art come into play regarding preservation?

P: Art reflects the people, cultures, and societies from which it springs.  So, we can learn a lot about our city’s history by understanding the artworks that have been created by people down through the generations.

Every art aficionado would certainly agree.  Get to know Paul for yourself at the Kickoff Party on June 14th.  All proceeds will benefit the AIDS Fund, supporting LGBT communities– another cause Paul is actively involved with.

We’ll see you at The Kickoff Party! Get your tickets here! 

 

Susanna W. Gold, PhD, is an art historian & independent curator working with private, commercial, corporate and institutional clients to curate art exhibitions and build art collections.
Susanna W. Gold
Susanna W. Gold

Susanna W. Gold, PhD, is an art historian & independent curator working with private, commercial, corporate and institutional…

Susanna W. Gold, PhD, is an art historian & independent curator working with private, commercial, corporate and institutional clients to curate art exhibitions and build art collections.…

Susanna W. Gold, PhD, is an art historian & independent curator working with private, commercial, corporate and institutional clients to curate art exhibitions and build art collections.…

A Philadelphia born artist, whose paintings seek to portray the textures, personalities, stories and design of weathered urban walls from the surrounding city landscape.
Stephen Haigh
Stephen Haigh

A Philadelphia born artist, whose paintings seek to portray the textures, personalities, stories and design of weathered…

A Philadelphia born artist, whose paintings seek to portray the textures, personalities, stories and design of weathered urban walls from the surrounding city landscape.…

A Philadelphia born artist, whose paintings seek to portray the textures, personalities, stories and design of weathered urban walls from the surrounding city landscape.…

Leila Cartier holds an MFA in Painting and Drawing from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and concurrently studied Arabic Language at Depaul University with a Jacob K. Javits Fellowship.
Leila Cartier
Leila Cartier

Leila Cartier holds an MFA in Painting and Drawing from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and concurrently studied…

Leila Cartier holds an MFA in Painting and Drawing from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and concurrently studied Arabic Language at Depaul University with a Jacob K. Javits Fellowship.…

Leila Cartier holds an MFA in Painting and Drawing from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and concurrently studied Arabic Language at Depaul University with a Jacob K. Javits Fellowship.…

Cameron Jarvis
Cameron Jarvis
Emily uses short staccato marks to create tension and texture, evoking the surfaces and organic forms found in nature manipulating the medium to create images.
Emily Brett Lukens
Emily Brett Lukens

Emily uses short staccato marks to create tension and texture, evoking the surfaces and organic forms found in nature manipulating…

Emily uses short staccato marks to create tension and texture, evoking the surfaces and organic forms found in nature manipulating the medium to create images. …

Emily uses short staccato marks to create tension and texture, evoking the surfaces and organic forms found in nature manipulating the medium to create images. …

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