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Photos From My ‘Street Art Workshop of the World’ TEDxPhiladelphia Walk!

March 31, 2014


This past weekend marked the return of TEDxPhiladelphia (which took a hiatus last year, but which plans to return to the city of Brotherly Love every year moving forward.) And with its return came a new addition to the day-long conference: 3 out-of-conference ‘Adventures!’ Luckily enough, I was asked to host one of these 3 Adventures, which I immediately decided I would use to explore and discuss Philly’s thriving street art and graffiti culture.

On what turned out to be a rainy, yet thankfully somewhat warm, Saturday, I took 2 lovely and excited groups of fellow street art/graffiti admirers around Midtown Village and Fishtown in what was titled ‘The Street Art Workshop of the World’ TEDx Walk,’ in honor of this year’s TEDxPhiladelphia official theme of ‘The New Workshop Of The World.’

Over the tours, we explored the works of Joe Boruchow, Kid Hazo, NoseGoPussy Division, Steve Powers (ESPO), Miriam Singer, Gaia, How and Nosm, Kenny Scharf, VHILS (the last 5 artists, it should be mentioned, created murals in association with Mural Arts, and the last 4 also in association with Goldman Properties), Freewall Philly, Get Up, Stikman, Le Josh, and many, many more!

What an amazing experience! Both groups were beyond fantastic. Filled with excitement and ready with wonderful questions, somehow not at all hampered by the soggy day. I couldn’t have asked for more, and needless to say this tweet (as well as the kind words from many of the people after the tours) made my weekend…

Check out some of the photos taken by the tours’ participents below, and click on the photos to be taken to their respective Instagram pages for more!


Thanks again to everyone who came out Saturday!

And, in case you were wondering, I definitely plan to do this again – exploring more neighborhoods in Philly and more! Stay tuned…

Stikman in Fishtown!

March 25, 2014


Seen a lot of Stikman popping up on Instagram the past week… Guess he recently made some rounds in the city!

Kid Hazo Installs New TEDxPhiladelphia Inspired Piece!

March 24, 2014


(Photo courtesy of Kid Hazo)

This just in from Kid Hazo: Inspired by this week’s TEDxPhiladelphia (which, if you hadn’t heard yet, I am lucky enough to be apart of!), the artist has installed a new ‘Dream Big’ sign… LOVE it!

Check out all of Kid Hazo’s Philly street sign installations HERE!


New Sebastian Owl and A Mind Like Mine Installations in Fishtown

March 22, 2014



Spring has sprung, and with it – street art season!

Excited to follow along Sebastian Owl and (relative) newcomer, A Mind Like Mine, last night as they installed some new work in Fishtown… Talking with both artists, I’m really excited about what they have planned for future installs as well!

Announcing ‘The Street Art Workshop of the World’ TEDx Walk: Presented by Streets Dept and TEDxPhiladelphia

March 19, 2014


So excited to finally announce my TEDx Walk exploring Philly street art in association with TEDxPhiladelphia 2014

Come celebrate and explore Philadelphia: the street art workshop of the world.

Join Conrad Benner, photographer and creator of (a Philadelphia-based street art blog,) in discovering a diverse array of Philly street art and graffiti, covering two of the city’s most active neighborhoods for public art: Midtown Village and Fishtown.

Beginning in Midtown Village in Center City, we’ll explore the work of internationally renown artists: Vilhs, How and Nosm, Gaia and Kenny Scharf. We’ll then walk to the 13th Street stop of the Market-Frankford El and take the train to Fishtown, where we will see the work of a number of prominent local artists.

Philadelphia is the birthplace of modern graffiti, dating back to the late 1960s. The city continues to thrive today as a center for public art in all its countless forms. From the murals curated by the Mural Arts Program to wheatpastes, stickers, installations and graffiti, Philly has the largest public art collection in the country.

About TEDxPhiladelphia
This event is presented in conjunction with TEDxPhiladelphia 2014, which will explore the theme “The New Workshop of the World” on Friday, March 28 at Temple Performing Arts Center. TEDxPhiladelphia offers interactive, immersive experiences for all participants. The not-for-profit group, licensed by TED, was created in the spirit of the TED conference and its mission, “ideas worth spreading.” While the 2014 conference is SOLD OUT, audiences everywhere can access a free live video webcast of speaker talks at on March 28 and watch talks year-round after the event.

Buy your ticket HERE!

UPDATE (2/24):

Thanks to the truly overwhelming response I got after the tickets to my TEDxPhiladelphia Walk sold out last week, we’ve decided to do an encore Walk later that afternoon…

Get tickets HERE!

Exploring North Philly Graffiti with Anthony C and Karen M

March 18, 2014


(Photos by Anthony C and Karen M)

Awesome photos today sent in from Anthony C and Karen M exploring some (mostly) recent graffiti work around North Philly!

One more photo below, though I’m honestly not sure if this is Mural Arts, or not…


Either way, love it!

Linoleum Tile Installs by ‘Versatile’

March 14, 2014


(Photos by artist)

With over 40 linoleum tile pieces installed in various sections of the city over the past few months, there’s a good chance you’ve seen local artist Versatile’s work around town. And, if you’re like me, you’re really liking his style.

Excited to see what Versatile has got planned next!



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