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A one year anniversary with DC's creative community

Wild Hand Workspace, studio home for Morgan H West and local photographer Victoria Milko

Wild Hand Workspace, studio home for Morgan H West and local photographer Victoria Milko

In May 2015, I got a mention on instagram from my good friend and former teacher Amanda Archibald to check out this cool blogger and her new project. The blogger: Morgan H. West, and the project: A Creative DC. Still not entirely sure what to do with almost a year of art school completed and no freelance experience, I was willing to gain info on creative professionalism from wherever they came. I had just started working for a wedding photographer, but from more of a technical learning point. I still hadn't moved from VA to DC, so the real goings on of the city were seen as an outsider for the most part. 

I loved what Morgan and A Creative DC were up to, and decided I wanted to get involved, so I shot her an email. We met at Halsa in the Brookland NE neighborhood, beginning my exposure to new areas of DC. I loved Morgan's job position as a consultant, content creator...a creative jack of all trades, if you will. At that point, I wasn't sure what I wanted to do as a photographer, but I knew I wanted creativity to be involved. 

I agreed to watch Morgan do her thing and help her wherever she needed me between her own business and A Creative DC. At that time, A Creative DC was just a hashtag that I watched evolve into a dynamic website, in real life movement, and collaboration with local government. Each step Morgan's side project took just showed how much of a need had to be filled for DC's creative scene.

One of the biggest introductions for me to DC's artist community was when A Creative DC started collaborating with Maketto to host IRL events. The first one over a year ago was a huge success, with high attendance and creative positive vibes flowing every which way. Many of the people I've collaborated and worked with since then have come from these events. 

instagram post from the first A Creative DC x Maketto event

instagram post from the first A Creative DC x Maketto event

After a few different events around the city, I started to see the same people, and bonds began to grow. At that point DC started to become a real small town among its artists, which is a feeling everyone wants from where they live. 

A year ago, I was observing and shadowing and waiting patiently for my own chances for work to come along. And a year later, I've started a new internship with a great local travel company, and this summer I have freelance jobs lining up at rates faster than I originally thought would happen, and I couldn't be more excited. 

I wrote this because I didn't even realize how much could change in a year, but in this case, change is an amazing thing. 

Sloane Tucker