Posted August 13, 2015

Owls listed among PhillyVoice’s ‘creative class’

The website PhillyVoice recently named 18 young Philadelphians to the city’s “creative class.” Eight of them are members of the Temple community. Learn how these talented students and alumni are making their mark on the City of Brotherly Love in this slideshow. Read the full story.


—Erica Brooke Fajge

  • Artist and poet Maryan Captan, CLA ’11, is an advocate for arts accessibility. One of her current projects is leading the effort to establish First Friday in Brewerytown. Founder of the Philadelphia Poetry Collective, Captan is supervisor of the nonprofit café The Monkey & The Elephant, where she also coordinates arts events. (Photo by Eddie Al-Shakarchi)
  • Jasmine Combs, Class of 2016, is working toward a dual bachelor’s degree in English with a focus in creative writing and a master’s in secondary English education. A budding poet, she has performed with the Babel Poetry Collective, won the Pigeon’s Grand Slam this year and is competing at the National Poetry Slam this month. (Photo courtesy of Jasmine Combs)
  • Brady Ettinger, SMC ’14, has brought new energy to Philadelphia nightlife. Better known as “Sylo,” the DJ has gone from spinning at college basement parties to hosting some of the city’s most popular events, such as his weekly STUNTLOCO party in Northern Liberties. (Photo courtesy of Brady Ettinger)
  • A designer and project manager, Keith Hartwig, TYL ’11, has received acclaim for his recent work alongside famed graphic designer Paula Scher, TYL ’70. The two collaborated on ‘Philadelphia Explained’, a unique hand-painted map of Philadelphia, which was on display at Temple Contemporary from May through July 2015. (Photo courtesy of Keith Hartwig)
  • Artist Nate Mell, TYL ’12, right, received a BFA in glass but shortly afterward discovered ceramics. He is co-owner of FELT+FAT, a Port Richmond—based ceramics manufacturing company that creates custom-made plates, cups and mugs for a number of popular local restaurants. (Photo by Neal Santos)
  • Rising Temple University senior Cassandra Reffner, Class of 2016, is using her design skills to enhance the business world. In February 2015, the graphic design student took the top prize in the Fox School of Business’s second annual Temple Analytics Challenge for her winning infographic. (Photo courtesy of Cassandra Reffner)
  • Jonathan Ristaino, SMC ’12, takes on many things digital. A filmmaker, he recently completed work on his first feature film, ‘Be Who You Are’, which debuted at QFlixPhiladelphia. Ristaino also founded FarmCat Media, a digital media company specializing in digital marketing, multimedia and web. (Photo courtesy of Jonathan Ristaino)
  • Teaching artist Joy Waldinger, TYL ’15, uses art to advocate for the environment, advising artists on how to incorporate sustainable materials in their work. She has spread her message with an exhibit at the Resource Exchange Center in North Philadelphia and led a workshop at the Wagner Free Institute of Science on printmaking using recycled fabrics and tiles. (Photo courtesy of Joy Waldinger)