Current Projects

Red Pen Arts, LLC is a consultancy that offers strategy, operational support, event planning, and editorial services. We specialize in support for creatives, social entrepreneurs, and the arts and culture community. If you need help with nonprofit strategy, small business planning or development, event production, writing, editing, or promotion, we'd love to talk with you about your project. Here's some of what we’re already creating in collaboration with others.


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Root Quarterly: Art & Ideas from Philadelphia


RQ is one part magazine, one part collaborative art project, and one part social experiment. We’ll offer you insightful and provocative essays, profiles of local makers and artists, cultural criticism, fiction, poetry, and carefully-curated recommendations for getting the most out of life in Philadelphia—including a cocktail or dinner recipe here and there—all in a beautifully designed and printed magazine you can hold in your hands and settle down with on a Sunday afternoon, or argue over at Thursday night happy hour.

Billy Penn reported on our launch, and we want to give a giant THANK YOU to the wonderful group of people who celebrated with us. Check out the photos and video now. You can also hear founder Heather Shayne Blakeslee on the Artblog Podcast, or read this interview with Mr. Magazine to find out more about our origin story.


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Queen Village Quarterly Crier

We’re pleased to serve as the editorial team behind a newly-envisioned quarterly magazine published by the Queen Village Neighbor’s Association. We tell inside stories about Queen Village—spotlighting people and places; arts and culture—giving readers a taste of what’s new in restaurants, bars, and music. We give the neighborhood scoop to our residents. We answer questions about how city programs work. We share what’s new at our schools, parks, and playgrounds. We announce upcoming activities and events. And we need your help, so if you’d like to volunteer as a writer, illustrator, or photographer, please get in touch.

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Jazz Philadelphia

Jazz Philadelphia’s mission is to advance the development of the city’s thriving and vibrant local jazz scene and to gain recognition for Philadelphia as a world-class jazz destination. Red Pen Arts founder Heather Blakeslee serves as a contract executive director for this cutting-edge initiative.


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DELANCYPLACE.COM

Delanceyplace is an initiative of the Governor’s Woods Foundation. It’s a brief daily email with an excerpt or quote that is interesting or noteworthy, offered with commentary to provide context.  There is no theme, except that most excerpts will come from a non-fiction work, are primarily historical in focus, and will occasionally be controversial.  The Editors hope that the selections will resonate beyond the subject of the book from which they were excerpted. Red Pen Arts provides copyediting and proofreading service for this project that reach tens of thousands of readers each week.

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Red Pen Arts is pleased to be working on editorial content development with both the online website of the nonprofit Mindful, as well as its print magazine, Mindful. Mindful is dedicated to inspiring, guiding, and connecting anyone who wants to explore mindfulness—to enjoy better health, more caring relationships, and a compassionate society. Mindful is the voice of the emerging mindfulness community. It’s the place to go for insight, information, and inspiration to help us all live more mindfully. Its audience learns from leaders in the field about effective techniques for mindful living, and the science that points to their benefits.

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The Erotic Literary Salon

On the third Tuesday of every month, you can step into a sanctuary for verbal expression in the upstairs lounge at Time in Center City Philadelphia. Founded by sexologist Dr. Susana Mayer, each evening consists of an open-discussion adult sex-ed hour, and then readings of fiction, poetry, memoir and more. I'm now a co-producer and guest host for the salon, and my partner Walter is a fixture of its education session each month. All are welcome into this space, which is a home for wayward literary works that don't have a place with traditional venues or publishers. Grab a glass of wine and enjoy good conversation, company and a chance to read or listen, then head downstairs for the city's best jazz open mike.


Others we’ve worked with include:
Earlie Bird Productions
Leashes of Valor - Philadelphia
Ultra Capital
Musician Deb Montgomery

Let us know what we can do for you!

I have found time with Heather to be invaluable. Her ability to take the raw data of my journey in music and convert it into something that breathes life and gives my audience a sense of my work has been priceless. She also brings years of hard work and wisdom in a variety of disciplines/arts and works to find a strategy with me that can be broken down into manageable lists and tasks meaning I get things done toward my next goals as an artist. This allows me to play my part in this world more freely and do what I do well. For someone like me who likes to have a lot of space, write songs, and stare at the moon, this kind of grounding is worth every penny.
— Deb Montgomery
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