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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    Marcella Kriebel & Brookland Exchange

    Marcella Kriebel is a DC artist, illustrator, and author - and now, founder of Brookland Exchange, a pop-up market coming to the Arts Walk at Monroe Street Market on September 20.

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    September Spotlight

    A September spotlight on a few of the people and projects (and city-wide scavenger hunts) on the #aCreativeDC radar this month – from upcoming design library & shop Resource to Simone Jacobson, "the cultural connector DC needs right now."

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    Get in the Know

    Our tried and true avenues for taking it all in, it being cultural 411 about this city.

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    Artist Jordann Wine

    Inspired by sacred geometry, Jordann Wine draws on classic forms and color gradients to invite reflection on the infinite. Working from DC Arts Studios, she's also a member of Willow Street Art Gallery, where she's currently showing work as part of the "We Met on Instagram" group show.

    Photo credit: Jared Soares

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    DIRECT MESSAGE: Femme Fatale DC's Adriana Mendoza and Cee Smith

    Meet the women running the Femme Fatale DC Pop Up: the District's womyn-only collective of local womyn creatives & entrepreneurs, with the goal of fostering and sustaining our local community of womyn who support one another's creative & business endeavors. The Femme Fatale DC Pop-UP Shop is located at 4620 Wisconsin Ave NW, and features 70+ vendors from DC and beyond.

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    Sun Shine: DIRECT MESSAGE with guests Nicole Crowder and Whitney Teal

    Sun Shine is a magical pop-up marketplace entirely by black women artists, makers, and vendors, because "every new season is another chance to celebrate our community’s incredible power to always renew itself." Taking place this weekend on the Arts Walk at Monroe Street Market, this episode of DIRECT MESSAGE with A Creative DC dives into it with the event's co-founders, Whitney Teal (the maker behund Red Dirt Natural) and Nicole Crowder (of Nicole Crowder Upholstery).

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    Walk With Locals

    Carl Maynard is founder of Walk With Locals, a community photo walk with a tag line of "know your city. know your neighbors." With attendance in the hundreds. Walk With Locals has a mission of supporting and exploring place through creative community, local businesses, and new media. This episode of DIRECT MESSAGE covers how Walk With Locals came together, and gives details on the upcoming Adams Morgan Walk (culminating at the LINE DC!) on 6/23.

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    FIELD GUIDE: PRESS AND MEDIA

    This episode of Direct Message focuses on the tried, the true, and the truths behind how to get press mentions and other forms of public acknowledgment for your projects. Listen in for real world advice (and the podcast, advice-driven iteration of A Creative DC's online FIELD GUIDEs) from ACDC founder Morgan H. West.

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    Grace Bonney of Good Company

    A Creative DC goes global this week with a zoomed out take on creative community: Design Sponge founder Grace Bonney is in studio to talk about Good Company Issue 1. A continuation of the NYTimes best selling book, In The Company of Women, Good Company shares narrative and perspective on creative careers, with a focus on sharing perspective from diverse and underrepresented communities.

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    Malaka Gharib

    Zine queen, cartoonist, artist, illustrator Malaka Gharib dives into her creative, Washington DC, including her soon-to-be-released graphic novel/memoir, "I Was Their American Dream," and "Runcible Spoon," her long-running food zine that reached national audiences, straight out of the gate.

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