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January 31, 8:30am • Center / Architecture + Design • part of a series on Roots

This CreativeMornings Philadelphia event was generously hosted by our partners at Center / Architecture + Design, HoneyGrow, and, Counter Culture Coffee

Michael Barsanti is the Edwin Wolf 2nd Director of the Library Company of Philadelphia. He is the 30th person to lead the organization since its founding by Benjamin Franklin in 1731.

Dr. Barsanti holds a bachelor’s degree from Williams College, a Master’s degree from the University of Miami, and a Ph.D. in English Literature from the University of Pennsylvania, where he specialized in twentieth-century literature and the works of James Joyce. He has led an eclectic career in the Philadelphia cultural community that includes positions at the Rosenbach Museum & Library, the Pew Center for Arts & Heritage, and the Free Library of Philadelphia Foundation. He is also an Adjunct Professor at Drexel University and has served on the Board of Trustees of Pig Iron Theatre and Independence Charter School.

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This CreativeMornings Philadelphia event was generously hosted by our partners at” rel=“noreferrer nofollow”>Center / Architecture + Design,  HoneyGrow, and” rel=“noreferrer nofollow”>Counter Culture Coffee. ” rel=“noreferrer nofollow”>Jessica Abel is the author of a dozen books, including the graphic novel La Perdida (winner of the 2002 “Best New Series” Harvey Award), as well as two collections of stories from her 1990s omnibus comic book Artbabe. She co-authored the graphic novel Life Sucks, and is the author of the graphic documentary (and podcast), Out on the Wire, about how the best radio producers in the world use story to keep us listening. Her latest work of fiction is the Eisner-nominated Trish Trash: Rollergirl of Mars.

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Derrick Cain is a Philadelphia native and is passionate about shifting the paradigm and challenging stereotypes. Most recently, Derrick was a 2019 Reentry Think Media Justice Fellow (at People’s Paper Co-op), where he created and told stories about returning citizens that challenge stereotypes and illuminates hurdles to reentry. Derrick has several years of experience as an advocate for criminal justice reform, public and motivational speaker. In addition to serving as a volunteer and mentor for several organizations, Derrick is the Chair of the Professional Mens Group with Menzfit, where he helps formerly incarcerated individuals by connecting them to resources.

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Aaron Muderick is the inventor of Thinking Putty® and president of Crazy Aaron’s, a toy manufacturer based in Norristown, PA. With magnetic, UV light-reactive, heat-sensitive, crystal-clear, glow-in-the-dark and color-shifting varieties, Aaron brought bouncing putty into the 21st century. Thinking Putty brings joy, wonder, and fun to children and adults in over fifty countries all over the world.

All photos taken by Heather McBride

Marisa McClellan is a food blogger, cookbook author, and canning teacher based in Center City Philadelphia. She is the author of Food in Jars, Preserving by the Pint, Naturally Sweet Food in Jars, and The Food in Jars Kitchen. She is also the cohost of a podcast for obsessed home cooks called Local Mouthful. She has written for a variety of publications, including Fine Cooking, Taproot Magazine, and Food52. You can find more of Marisa’s jams, pickles, and preserves (all cooked up in her 80-square-foot kitchen) at

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Mikey Ilagan is a Product Manager on the Comcast Accessibility Team. He’s spent the past decade building digital experiences using a lifetime of passion for technology. Today, he uses a diverse background to work with product teams to ensure Xfinity’s offerings are usable and well-designed for customers using assistive technology.

All photos taken by Steve Weinik.

In this talk, Eileen Flanagan uses the theme of water to show how we are irrevocably connected to each other through the water we drink and the rivers that are central to our economy, including the Delaware. 

All photos by Steve Weinik.

Through art, there is potential for people to be delighted and inspired, says Philadelphia muralist Meg Saligman in this January 2019 talk on the surreal.

All photos taken by Ryan Collerd.