Direct Message with A Creative DC
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This city, your perspective: A Creative DC uses new media to celebrate + promote DC's emerging, established, and diverse creative community and creative economy. With over half a million perspectives in the #aCreativeDC feed to dive into, Direct Message is a look at the ins and outs of creative life in Washington, DC, hosted weekly by A Creative DC founder Morgan H. West.

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    Angela Maria Spring of Duende District

    Angela Maria Spring is founder of Duende District, an inclusive, multicultural. and mobile bookstore featuring titles entirely by POC, and where all are welcome. Dive into the mission, the model, and the movivation behind Duende District on this episode of A Creative DC's Direct Message.

    Photo by @slodak

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    Curry Hackett

    Curry Hackett is a transdisciplinary designer and man of many projects: this episode of Direct Message dives into his experience at the intersection of design and local gov, his take on DC style, and how he spends his time in this city (hint: it involves living above a vintage clothing shop, and has zero to do with re-branded neighborhoods. This is Curry Hackett's creative DC.

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    #aCreativeDC Turns 3!

    This week on Direct Message, Morgan H. West dives into the #aCreativeDC project with Pammy Carroll, Makeda Solomon, and Damon King.

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    Multimedia Maven Vina Sananikone

    Vina Sananikone is a VA/DC-based graphic designer, photographer, and food enthusiast. She received her BFA in Arts & Visual Technology in Graphic Design from George Mason University in Virginia, including a strong background in printmaking and photography.

    Sananikone is the Multimedia Maven for Eat Good Food Group [EGFG], headquartered in Old Town Alexandria, Virginia. She heads the graphic design identities, photography, and social media for the restaurants in EGFG, including Restaurant Eve, PX, Society Fair, and Eamonn's A Dublin Chipper. Through her work with EGFG, she has been recognized as having one of the best social media presences of a Washington D.C. area restaurant.

    She is a founding member of re:collective, a DC-based, interdisciplinary group of visual artists and designers who collaborate on experimental projects. Various topics are explored, including social communication, the dichotomy between language and meaning, and the relationship between the urban and suburban landscape. Members include Justin Raphael Roykovich, Janis Sweeney, and Marzia Motta. Founded in 2010, re:collective has exhibited at Artisphere (Arlington, VA), LUMEN 2014 (Staten Island, NY), Adam Lister Gallery (Fairfax, VA), Gallery 123 (George Mason University, Fairfax, VA), and Georgetown GLOW (Georgetown, DC).

    Sananikone enjoys food, travel, naps, and Oxford commas.

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    Neon Artist Craig Kraft

    Craig Kraft is an neon artist whose studio is located in the Anacostia neighborhood of SE. A longtime DC resident and working artist, this episode of Direct Message dives into the work and world of Craig Kraft.

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    Nicole Capo of Curandera Club

    Curandera Club is a webspace where A L L women are welcome, a space where they can build supportive communities and become their best selves so they’re able to thrive when they're out doing ~ W O R K ~ in the world. Curandera Club is proudly located in Washington, DC, and this episode of Direct Message dives into the work and world of Curandera Club founder Nicole Capo.