Angie Gates, Director of the Office of Cable Television, Film, Music and Entertainment (OCTFME) (WI file photo)
Angie Gates, Director of the Office of Cable Television, Film, Music and Entertainment (OCTFME) (WI file photo)

D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser recently announced the celebration of the fifth annual 202Creates Month to honor and showcase the District’s diverse, vibrant and creative community. The D.C. Office of Cable Television, Film, Music & Entertainment (OCTFME) and the Office of the Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development (DMPED) will spearhead the month-long celebration.

202Creates Month, which began with a virtual kickoff on Sept. 2 with performances that can be viewed on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and the 202Creates website, will conclude with the 35th annual Mayor’s Arts Awards on Sept. 30.

“From Go-Go, to street art, to theater, we know that [the District] has always been — and will always be — a leader in the arts,” Bowser said. “This year, more than ever, we are proud to highlight and celebrate the artists and change makers who bring so much joy to our city, who represent the culture of D.C. and who — through the good, the bad and the unprecedented times — keep D.C. creative.”

202Creates represents a citywide effort, launched by the mayor in 2016 to amplify, celebrate and highlight the District’s creative economy. The monthlong campaign will showcase and engage the District’s entrepreneurial and creative community through an array of virtual performances and events. These events will include two expert masterclasses, an industry leader fireside chat, an intensive week-long podcast lab and artist showcases and performances.

“Creativity and innovation are the backbone of a world class city,” said OCTFME Director Angie M. Gates. “Our creative economy fuels jobs and opportunity. It is so important to support our makers, creators and entrepreneurs. Throughout 202Creates Month we celebrate, amplify and highlight our D.C. Creatives.”

For the first time, the celebration will close with the 35th Annual Mayor’s Arts Awards. This year’s award show will be a virtual telecast on Wed., Sept. 30 at 7:00 p.m. The program will be shown on OCTFME’s DCN Network, streamed on DC Radio and be available as a premier event on OCTFME’s Facebook and YouTube channels.

Live Instagram engagements will also be featured throughout the show.

For more information and to vote for your favorite creative, go to dcmayorsartsawards.com.

Key virtual events during “202Creates Month” include:

Sept. 9 – Digital Strategies to Grow Your Reach, noon
Sept. 10 – Content is King: Tips for Creating Powerful Scripts and Interviews, noon
Sept. 11 – Getting to the Money: Monetizing Your Podcast, noon
Two virtual masterclasses and one virtual fireside chat will feature topics that promise to be among the most viewed presentations of the month.
The topics include: “TV, Film, and Production in a Virtual World,” Sept. 10, 2 p.m.; “What Next for the Music Industry, Sept. 17, 2 p.m.; and “Innovation, Economy and COVID-19,” Sept. 24, 2 p.m.

For more information and a full schedule of events, visit http://www.202creates.com.

WI Guest Author

This correspondent is a guest contributor to The Washington Informer.

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