Processing Community Day @ Chicago


We currently have 10 registrants. Our capacity is 50; I’m happy with 10: it would be an intimate gathering, assuming registrants expect that. If you have not yet registered, please do so.

@sarahjritch, I assume we shall not have access to your projection wall? I know you’re super busy.

@jdpirtle, thanks for confirming for the 11am slot. Any word from the EVL? One idea: it might be neat if they could give a tour during lunch?

I have confirmed that the UIC Library will be able to provide refreshments, i.e. coffee/tea. We need an approximate headcount on Jan 26.

I took the liberty of modifying the schedule a bit. I removed the lightning talks. We had a single hour for lunch (which always takes longer), and one of the workshops was also only listed for a single hour (not 1.5 hours like the other workshops). Also, nobody had yet signed up for lightning talks.

If you want to go to bat for the lightning talks, please speak up with a proposed solution. I am happy to reduce/eliminate my workshop at 3:30, for example. One idea, proposed by @kjhollen in the Google doc, was to do a lunchtime signup for end of day talks; these would either be after 5pm, or we could cut my talk at 3:30 short, or we could do them simultaneously.

What do you think about an after party at Giordanos? It’s close by, family-friendly, but you can still get a beer. I can ask Giordanos if they have a movie screen or wall available, if anybody wants to project work. If nobody else has any ideas, I’ll set this up.

@jesparriswestbrook, @cleogirl2525, @jonchambers, @Jim-Plaxco-Artsnova, @funkstart


@aljabear, awesome…thank you for taking care of so much of this. Looking forward to the 11am slot. Can you (or anyone) remind me where promotional materials are for this? EVL is more likely to promote it if I can also send along something for them to attach.


@jdpirtle Kate setup a GDrive folder with some stuff. Let me know if you have any trouble.


Great, thank you. Just sent it out to EVL and other folks. Looks like the schedule on Eventbrite needs to be updated. Let me know what else I can do to help, happy to setup or do manual labor or whatever helps.


Good call on the EventBrite update; thanks for the heads’ up. I’ll just proceed with my proposed changes (above), if nobody else has any opinions.

So these will probably be our main Social media tags:

  • #PCD2019
  • #ProcessingChicago (I just made that one up)

Other common hash tags:

The Processing Foundation has a couple users on Social Media, if we want to tag them:

Websites to mention:

Any others I’m missing?

I’ll include this stuff in the EventBrite page as well.

@jesparriswestbrook, @cleogirl2525, @jonchambers, @Jim-Plaxco-Artsnova, @kjhollen, @sarahjritch, @jdpirtle, @funkstart


What are all of your social media handles? We can do some cross-channel communication.


We currently have “sold” 30 out of 50 tickets. Healthy crowd!


Wow, awesome!! The schedule updates look good to me. Happy to do Giordano’s or anywhere family friendly as the after party. Excited!

My handle on twitter/instagram is kjhollen


Oh and one more thing! I just put a new flyer in the Drive folder that is 1920x1080, suitable for dropping into your lecture slides and a little better formatted for email than the others.



Oh, by the way, we are now at 39 people. So if you know someone who hasn’t signed up and wants to join us, they should do so immediately. I have turned on the EventBrite waitlist; we’ll probably need it.

@sarahjritch, if you want to use your lab as an alternative space, I’m starting to think we could fill that too if you want to run an alternative track or something.


Hey! It looks like we hit capacity! Exciting.

Ari Melenciano reached out to our email account to see if we’d be interested in having her present or run a workshop. I think it would be awesome to have her, if I can get a little funding to bring her out to Chicago from NY (I’m looking in to this with DePaul now). What I’d like to propose is that we move one of the afternoon workshops to co-run with my intro to p5 workshop, so that there’s an activity for beginners and people who are ready for something more involved—then we also have time to add a session. Do we need a separate space for that?


Indeed, we have sold out. A waitlist has started. This will be a packed event.

@kjhollen, I will look into a second space. I’m optimistic; more soon.

Can we please confirm who will be here on Feb. 2? I would like at least two other people with me all day: one person should remain just outside the room to keep watch, and the other to help with roaming support in the room. If we have a second space, we should have at least one more, perhaps two.

UIC is supplying snacks and coffee. Lunch will be on your own. I will setup a Google Map of local lunch options. Afterward, in the evening, whoever doesn’t have better places to go, can join us at Giordano’s nearby. That will be on your own too, unless some other institution wants to chip in for pizza.

I want to email attendees this week, invite them to ask any questions. I also would like to solicit digital work. I have a large monitor to put just outside the main room to show a tape loop. Does anybody want to help me assemble this stuff? We could also show work from non-attendees, if you like: maybe ask your artist friends to send work. I will confirm formats once I do some testing.

@jesparriswestbrook, @cleogirl2525, @jonchambers, @Jim-Plaxco-Artsnova, @sarahjritch, @jdpirtle, @funkstart


I can confirm that we have a second space. We have it from 12:30 to 5pm, so we could use it during lunch. Also, I may be able to reserve it for the morning as well if we need it.

There has been some appetite to reinstate the lightning talks, which makes sense to me. What do you think about the following proposed revised schedule? Everything is flexible, but I’d like to settle this soon, so if you have an opinion/conflict/better idea, please let me know this week, hopefully in the next couple of days.

@kjhollen, I put Ari’s talk at the outset; when do you think we can confirm?

@jdpirtle, @jonchambers I moved all workshops to the afternoon, which might help people schedule, etc. Let me know if not OK.

  • 8:00 - 9:30 Welcome!
    MC: Allan Berry
    Ensure everybody has things installed correctly

  • 9:30 - 11:00

    • TALK: Title??
      Presenter: Ari Malenciano
  • 11:00 - 12:30

  • 12:30 - 2:00

    • LUNCH out at a restaurant, etc.

    • if people brought their lunch: LIGHTNING TALKS (continued)
      otherwise: OPEN HACKING
      and/or SCREENING (Daniel Shiffman :rainbow::unicorn: videos)

  • 2:00 - 3:30

    • (Space A) WORKSHOP: Teaching with Processing
      Instructor: JD Pirtle

    • (Space B) WORKSHOP: Introduction to p5.js
      Instructor: Kate Hollenbach

  • 3:30 - 5:00

    • (Space A) WORKSHOP: Narrative projects using the DOM library
      Instructor: Jon Chambers
      Callbacks and HTML and prose, oh my

    • (Space B) WORKSHOP: Connecting the Dots
      Instructor: Allan Berry
      Context: website creation, hosting P5.js sketches (GitHub Pages)

  • Evening: casual get-together at Giordano’s


@kjhollen @aljabear I was planning on being there all day.

The schedule looks great, I think it makes sense to bundle the workshops together.

Can’t wait :slight_smile:



A couple more edits I was thinking about last night. I’d like to reduce the opening talk to a single hour, and loosen things with some breaks. So the schedule might look like this:

  • 9:00 - 9:15 – welcome
  • 9:15 - 10:15 – talk
  • 10:15 - 10:30 – break
  • 10:30 - 12:00 – lightning talks
  • 12:00 - 1:30 – lunch, etc.
  • 1:30 - 3:00 – workshops #1
  • 3:00 - 3:15 – break
  • 3:15 - 4:45 – workshops #2
  • 4:45 - 5:00 – wrap up
  • 5:30 on: Giordano’s

Does this make sense? If not, please let me know; otherwise, once @kjhollen can confirm Ari as speaker, I’ll post this revised schedule on EventBrite and email attendees.


I’m talking to Ari later this afternoon to get a better sense of what her travel needs are. Then I hope to figure things out with my department at DePaul by the end of the week.


OK, that works. I’ll aim to post everything and get in touch with attendees early next week then.


Still sorting out the details here, but it looks like DePaul will fund Ari’s trip (she is going to do a workshop in one of my classes)—I just need to update the fliers and find a way to give DePaul credit the day of the event. I think Ari will do a workshop at PCD too, but I’ll try to confirm what she has planned by Monday.


Ok, we confirmed Ari’s trip yesterday! She will give a workshop called “Building Sonic Tools and Visualizers with p5js” and I think it will likely be beginner friendly (we’ll be running the same workshop in my class this week, and it’s only week 4)

Sooo, how should we update the schedule? @aljabear (edit: one constraint is that Ari likely needs to leave around 3pm to make her return flight)

also, forgot to mention that I plan to be on site all day Saturday & can arrive early to help set up. I can also come by Friday afternoon if needed. Looking forward!


Thanks Kate. Woohoo!

So, I can update the schedule to match my edits from above. If this is OK, Ari would only need to be present in the morning. I’m working on something else right now, but I’ll update things by the afternoon.

Happy to have you on Saturday! The Library should setup most things on Friday. I will double check, and do a tech dry run. You’re welcome to come by on Friday if you want, but it’s not strictly necessary from my point of view. I’ll plan to arrive Saturday hopefully at 8am; definitely by 8:30.