We are BEYOND thrilled to be helping support the launch of Made in DC: a citywide campaign to promote and support businesses and individuals that design, make, and assemble P R O D U C T S in the District of Columbia. It's helmed by a partnership between DC's Department of Small and Local Business Development and Think Local First, a DC-based, non-profit advocacy group whose mission is to help locally-owned businesses thrive.
Lemme break the fourth wall for a sec – I'm Morgan, and I'm founder + director of A Creative DC. I'm so proud to announce that I'll be serving as Made in DC Program Director for Think Local First + DSLBD: they're incredible organizations who are both all about THIS CITY, and who are focused on inclusion and equity. I'm a third-generation DC small business owner and perhaps the largest reason A Creative DC came about is because I wasn't able to find the city I knew, loved, and wanted to discover/rediscover over and over again presented on social media in a way that I truly felt connected with. Since growing the A Creative DC team we've been able to extend that digital connectedness both IRL and onto this website; the DC maker community, from where I'm standing, is in need of as much acknowledgment, championing, and promotion as the city's creative scene at large – and I am thrilled to be able to work on just that as we spend the next few months getting the Made in DC Program off the ground.
So what does this mean for A Creative DC? Well, mostly nothing (other than we're learning A TON) – we're not merging with Made in DC, and it's business as usual for our team over here. For the next few months at least, though, you WILL notice mention of @ThisisMadeinDC whenever we organically post imagery from the #aCreativeDC feed that's a fit, and we definitely want to keep the makers + doers in our audience posted about ways the program can support them – and, perhaps more importantly, ways in which our audience can support the program, and the makers + doers who are part of it. Because when small business thrives, we all do. We're in it together to DO/MAKE/NOTICE, LIVE/GATHER/CREATE, SEE and BE LOCAL – and we can't thank you enough for supporting this new partnership.
Your life looks good here (and it's #MadeinDC!): #aCreativeDC