HAHA x Paradigm is a artist-to-community program that has been developing since 2012 through collaborations between HAHA Magazine and Paradigm Gallery. HAHA Magazines global focus on the arts combined forces with Paradigm Gallery’s local community-based scope to bring artists and interactive arts projects from around the world to Philadelphia. This platform allows us to invite artists working on community-based projects in other parts of the world to share in our open dialogue about the benefits of public art.
2017 – Amberellaxo X South Street Spring Fest*
As a part of its ongoing effort to enliven and bring art to the business corridor, South Street Headhouse District and HAHA x Paradigm partnered with Philadelphia artist Amberella to create an over 100ft long wheat-pasted mural in the South Street business district. The project was developed and installed leading up to the Fifth Annual South Street Spring Festival.
2017 – Quality of Life Signage, Kid Hazo X QVNA**
2016 – Pothole Mosaics***
Chicago based mosaic artist, Jim Bachor bought his renown project “Pothole Mosaics” to Philadelphia. A series of installs were placed around Queen Village.
2016 – Adventuring Mural with Hyland Mather
Mural Location: Bella Vista Underpass
2016 – The Guardians*
HAHA x Paradigm & South Street Headhouse bought in photographer & storyteller, Vladimir Antaki and his award-winning traveling photo series “The Guardians” here to The City of Brotherly Love. A series of installs were placed on South Street. Photo Series documents shopkeepers all over the world, paying tribute to these ‘guardians of urban temples’ that we meet every day without really noticing.
2015, 2016–South Street Spring Fest*
Part of an ongoing relationship between HAHA x Paradigm & South Street Headhouse to beautiful urban spaces within the community. Spring Fest welcomed 40,000+ people. Local and visiting artists live painted electrical boxes along South Street, transforming those spaces into mini murals. The project was developed and installed leading up to the Fourth Annual South Street Spring Festival.
2015 – 4th Street Bainbridge Green Pop Up
2015 – Beautiful Times Mural
Mural Location: Bodine Community Garden
2015 – Sophie Roach Mural
Mural Location: The Monkey and The Elephant / 2831 W. Girard Ave / Philadelphia, PA.
2015 – Queen Village Mural with Clint Tillman Reid
Mural Location: 5th Street between South & Lombard Streets.
2014 – Philly Tech Week Art Scavenger Hunt
In celebration of Philadelphia's amazing street artists, Tattooed Mom, HAHA x Paradigm, and Philly Tech Week organized a citywide street art scavenger hunt that highlighted Philadelphia artists, their work, and the neighborhoods that inspired them.
2014 – Sarah Bereza & Fall on Your Sword
Imaginative and playful interactive installation. Artist, Sarah Bereza’s paintings - larger than life scenarios are the inspiration/complimented by the stunning video work of Fall on Your Sword.
2013 – Queen Village Sidewalk Mural with artist, Kelly Franklin
Mural Location: 4th & Bainbridge.
2013 – From Pakistan to Philly
Pakistani artist Summaiya Jillani’s gallery paintings were recreated as a series of prints and spread around downtown Philly, conveying Pakistan through a different lens with subject matter and artistic representation that challenged cultural perceptions.
2013 – Before I Die
Before I Die is an interactive public art project created by Candy Chang, which invites people to share their hopes and dreams in a public space.
2013 – Urban Geodes
Multi-disciplinary artist and designer, Paige Smith’s Urban Geode Project highlighted the beautiful forgotten spaces of Philadelphia.
2012 – Dutch Umbrella Project
Classic white umbrellas were turned over to five local Philadelphia artists to use as a blank canvas. The results of which were chronicled through five, four minute videos. Umbrella were then auctioned, proceeds went to a Philadelphia charity.
Publications & Media
"Takin’ It to the Streets: The Philadelphian’s Guide to Street Art." Philadelphia Magazine. April 2018
“Philly Artist's Funny Street Signs Remind Residents to Be Good Neighbors.” NBC10. December 2016
“Kid Hazo Installing Signs in Queen Village Thanks to Community Grant Program.” Passyunk Post. December 2016
“FYI Philly: South Street Boom”, 6 ABC Action News. July 2016
“One answer to Philly's pothole problem: Fill them with art.” The Philadelphia Inquirer. August 2016
“Electrical boxes go from wearisome to works of art.” The Philadelphia Inquirer. January 2016
“Philly coffee shops blend mural art, coffee.” Philly Voice. July 2015
“South Street Spring Festival Breaks Attendance Records.” Philadelphia Magazine May 2015
“The 3rd annual South Street Spring Festival in Philly.” Philly.com. May 2015
“Center City's unsightly utility boxes are getting dressed up with public art.” Plan Philly. May 2015
"In HAHA x Paradigm, gallery and art mag combine for art's sake." The Philadelphia Inquirer
“X-O and Amanda Marie Go to Philadelphia.” Brooklyn Street Art. August 2014
"The Street Gems of Paige Smith." The Fan Zine. November 2013
“Philadelphia's Top 10 Street Art Moments of 2016.” Streets Dept. December 2016
"Paige Smith Installs Her Geodes Around Philly." Streets Dept. November 2013
“HAHA x Paradigm Art Project Creates 3 Awesome New Murals In Queen Village.” Streets Dept. September 2014
“Streets Dept Top Posts of 2014 - My Dog Sighs Installs All Around Philly.” Streets Dept. December 2014
“HAHAxPara Visiting Artist, Sophie Roach, Installs Around Town.” Streets Dept. August 2015
“Ryan Psota Creates #HahaxPara Box Mural on South Street.” Streets Dept. September 2014
"From Pakistan to Philly - Summaiya Jillani Leaves Her Mark." Art Nerd New York. December 2013
"Urban Geodes Pop Up in Philadelphia." Art Nerd New York. November 2013
“Summaiya Jillani in Philadelphia.” Contemporary Pakistani Art. January 2013
“HAHA x Paradigm Art Project Creates 3 Awesome New Murals In Queen Village.” Sparkisan–Art, Design & Culture.
“New Public Art at Bainbridge Green.” QVNA Magazine. November 2014. Page 12.
“Philadelphia’s 10 Stunning Contemporary Art Galleries: Exploring PA's Art Scene.” The Culture Trip. September 2016
“You Really Ought to be Following the HAHAxPARA Art Scavenger Hunt.” Technical.ly Philly. April 2014
“HAHAxPARA Local Artist Scavenger Hunt Starts Today.” Technical.ly Philly. April 2014
The Community Grant Program. Quality of Life Signage, funded through Queen Village Neighbors Association. (December 2016)
The Awesome Foundation Grant. Mosaic Pothole Installation, funded by Philadelphia, PA Chapter. (June 2106
Philly Tech Week Micro Grant. Philly Tech Week Art Scavenger Hunt. (April 2014)
*Funded in part by a Knight Foundation Grant
**Funded by QVNA Community Grant Program
*** Funded in part by Awesome Grant Foundation