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Processing Community Day

Sponsorship for Processing Community Day, Los Angeles 2019

What is the mission of the Processing Foundation?

Our mission is to promote software literacy within the visual arts, and visual literacy within technology-related fields — and to make these fields accessible to diverse communities. Our goal is to empower people of all interests and backgrounds to learn how to program and make creative work with code, especially those who might not otherwise have access to these tools and resources. We do this by developing and distributing a group of related software projects, which includes Processing (Java), p5.js (JavaScript), and Processing.py (Python). We facilitate partnerships and collaborations with allied organizations and individuals to build a more diverse communities around software and the arts.

17 Years and Counting

“When we started Processing in 2001, the goal was to bring ideas and technologies out of MIT and into the larger world. One idea was the synthesis of graphic design with computer science, combining the visual principles of design with ways of thinking about systems from computer science.”

— Casey Reas and Ben Fry

Processing has created a unique platform for countless projects that use creative coding with the FLOSS (free, libre, open-source software) philosophy as its core mission to the global community. At Processing Foundation, we wholeheartedly believe open source software for the arts — for the people, by the people. With an increase in contributors, artists, tinkers, and educators using Processing, p5.js, and Processing.py, we hope to carry out the original vision of bringing ideas and technologies outside of institutions, all over the world, and keeping it open source. Read more about the History of Processing here.

What is Processing Community Day?

Processing Community Day (PCD) was created as an effort to improve diversity within the arts, programming community, and bring community members together for a day of learning. Processing Community Day aims to involve as many community members, students, educators, artists, and creative individuals as possible to gather together for a wide array of activities including:

  • Workshops
  • Panel Discussions
  • Making and Exhibiting Art
  • Knowledge Exchange
  • Skill Sharing
  • Performances

Why sponsor Processing Community Day?

Processing Community Day (PCD) promotes artists, writers, designers, educators, and contributors to engage in conversation and hear from open source software community leaders, no matter what age and skill level, to learn about software literacy within the visual arts. PCD also covers topics on visual literacy within technology-related fields and aims to make these fields accessible to diverse communities. Our goal is to empower people of all interests and backgrounds to learn how to program and make creative work with code, especially those who might not otherwise have access to these tools and resources. What does your sponsorship mean to the community? Here are the things we care about:

  • Accessibility
  • Translation and documentation of materials
  • Educational resources for the global community
  • Developing a language true to our FLOSS philosophy
  • Understanding and creating strategies to ensure inclusion

Your sponsorship to PCD shows your commitment. Your support shows the community your dedication and desire to help build and create an inclusive environment that is accessible to all, intergenerational, and honors the FLOSS philosophy.

This year, the Processing Foundation will be organizing a Processing Community Day in Los Angeles as well as inviting node organizers from all over the world to join us in organizing local events in hundreds of locations. We are currently seeking sponsorship for the PCD LA event. Here are some of the aspects of PCD LA you are able to sponsor:

  • Free childcare
  • Scholarship tickets
  • Sign language interpreters and live/closed captioning
  • Speaker honorariums
  • Healthy meals and snacks for participants
  • General funding for operations, advocacy, and software development to help us continue the work that PCD grows out of

Sponsor Levels

FRIEND - $500
Named sponsor on the website and all promotional materials, PCD LA 2019 access along with a guest and parking voucher

COMMUNITY PARTNER - $1000
Named sponsor on the website, promotional materials + PCD LA 2019 access for up to 5 people, parking voucher for you and guests

COMMUNITY LEADER - $2000+
Named sponsor on the website and promotional materials, PCD LA 2019 access for up to 10 people, your organization’s logo on website and all printed materials, and named sponsor for a workshop of choice

luisa pereira showing hand-made tutorial video to audience
group photo
people eating lunch in focus group
people gathered around an art performance
people talking at lunch
casey reas presenting key principles behind processing on screen in front of audience
people hanging out
group of people eating lunch in the sun
woman drawing art on the wall with man controlling projection with keyboard
two people talking about teaching in front of crowd
two women gathered around a computer
group of people eating lunch at tables with signs that read show and tell and focus groups
group of people talking
Processing Community Day 2017 held at the MIT Media Lab.