“Do it for the culture (culture)/They gon’ bite like vultures (vultures)” – Migos
In the midst of Black History Month (or is it African American History Month?), the city celebrated with numerous activities and events that applauded the achievements and accomplishments of many distinguished members of the community. We are also lucky to be in an area that abounds with cultural creativity and excellence. The event #forthecuture made sure to highlight some of the DMV’s massive amount of talent.
Held at the Congress Heights Arts and Culture Center and curated by Distinctly Creative, attendees were treated to art, music, spoken word and genuine culture. Distinctly Creative is an art collective whose mission is to give a diverse, holistic, and collaborative representation of the DMV creative scene through a wide array of social and professional development opportunities. Their goal is to re-define how people think about DMV creatives while presenting their work to the community in a welcoming and fun environment. This month they presented 6 events as a part of their month-long celebration dubbed Black Renaissance.
The largely young, Afro-Bohemian crowd energetically mixed and mingled amidst a backdrop of artistic expression from artist murals, paintings, handmade jewelry, scarves and other pieces while enjoying the rhythms and sounds provided by Little Bacon Bear on the 1’s and 2’s. Hosted by Yasmine Arrington, performances included keyboardist and musician Drew Keys, poetry and spoken word by Whiskey Girl, Droopy the Broke Baller with Crochet Kingpin, with performances by Rodney Johnson me Ras Blesson. Each with their own distinctive flair, the performers delivered their messages in the crowded space with ease and excellence.
Particularly impressive were the displays of Afro-inspired artwork by some of the city’s most talented and tenacious artist. From depictions of our favorite hip-hop icons to novel portrayals of anything from black body to black love, there was a piece of art to suit any taste and aesthetic. Featured artists included Artifex Jay, Antwon Maxwell Photography, and Ebony Harris.
The vendors also added their standout pieces to the mix, while a portion of the proceeds received that night were donated to the Congress Heights Arts & Culture Center. You could find anything from handmade jewelry, intricately designed athletic wear, vintage couture, head wraps and scarves. Some of the vendors included Furthermore…, LLC, Andrew Williams, Ryann Kelly, Crochet Kingpin, Ruby Sampson, Uzo Njoku, CustomTaylorred, Yung Osiris, Dez Carter, WashingtonCuts, Tiger Swan Style, FemmeUSA, Cvlismv, Kyra the Bohemith, Sheetal D., and Kaylee P. For more information on the artists and vendors, head to Distinctly Creatives’ Instagram page (@distinctlycreative) or their website (www.distinctlydc.com).
Make sure you follow them on all platforms so that you can stay informed on future events and continue to do it #fortheculture!