I spend a majority of my time these days thinking about space. My space. Community space. Other people’s awesome space. Most specifically, how we are going to convince people with space to give us that space. So we can turn it into awesome creative community space for all to benefit from.
Flash backwards a few weeks; my boss offered his space – a bar and restaurant – for us to run a weekly party. No begging. No coaxing. No strings attached. He just, well, tried to convince us we should take it.
I ALMOST SAID NO.
I’m not a promoter, I thought.
I don’t know enough people who will come out on a Wednesday night and spend money at a bar to make this viable, I thought.
This isn’t my ideal space, I thought.
Flash forwards a few weeks; our party starts Wednesday, December 4th and I’m SO excited about it.
After talking to my collaborators, it became clear how insanely dumb it would be to pass up free, no strings attached space.
So what if it’s not exactly what I envision my space to look like, I thought.
We will make it exactly what we envision a creative party to be like, I thought.
We will find the people to come because it’s a great enough concept to get them there, I thought.
It will include all the ‘d’ things that make a party great – DJ, dancing, drink specials… Ours though. Ours will be focused on the ‘a’ things – the art and artists that make this city special. With a little out of the box thinking we have turned a usual thing into something that makes us at ReSourceArts all geeked out – highlighting all the awesome that’s coming out of the creative community in DC, sharing that with the DC community at large, and having everyone benefit from it. (Think art being sold, deals and specials on cool stuff being offered, raffles on one-of-a-kind pieces and experiences, all while there is great music playing and friendly bartenders pouring your favorite drinks…)
And the biggest lesson I have learned as I grow into my youthful years of wisdom; I don’t have to do all of this all alone. I’m amassing a small but mighty team with the skill sets to make this awesome.
More info on the party will be available HERE.
Here’s to another day of creativity…