CreativesDC is a social network of those in the creative industries that want to make a cultural and economic impact in DC... as a creative community. It is sponsored by the Center for the Creative Economy, as described below.
Center for the Creative
Overview (work in progress)
The Center for the Creative Economy is a non-profit organization
that is dedicated to promoting communication between the creative
economic clusters in the city of Washington, DC (as defined by
Capital report published by the WDCEP and DC Planning Dept.) Through
this effort to unify the creative economic clusters, this
organization will form a stronger voice for artists in the city,
create strong bonds between the varying artistic groups in the
city, and produce a reformed and more powerful asset to the economy
of the city.
Mission Statement (work in progress):
The mission of the Center for the Creative Economy is to promote
community and interaction between the various creative economic
clusters in the District of Columbia, thereby offering the city a
more vibrant art scene. Although Washington, DC, has numerous
participants in the fields of museums and heritage, building arts,
culinary arts, performing arts, media and communications, and
arts/crafts and design projects, these differing clusters have only
a vague sense of community, both in their respective fields and
outside of them. It is therefore the goal of the Center for the
Creative Economy to foster a sense of community between the
creative clusters in the District in the effort of creating a more
cohesive, better funded, and more profitable creative economy.
Goals (work in progress):
Foster communication in the creative clusters via weekly meetings (Brown Bag Lunches) in which members of the cluster present and DC government officials can exchange ideas, thoughts, and proposals
Finances (work in progress):
The startup costs of the Center for the Creative Economy would be extremely minimal, since it is a non-profit and organizing entity—expenses pertaining only to the cost of soda and sandwiches as the Brown Bag Lunches. Later, greater sums of money will be involved as the Center works with creative clusters and the government to secure funding for events and projects.