Washington City Paper / District Line Daily: The People Issue Conversations with 23 of D.C.'s most interesting people

If you know what it’s like to find yourself at the table or on the couch chatting with someone you find utterly fascinating, then you have some idea of our collective delight in producing this week’s paper. Settle in, because there’s a lot of great stuff to read here.

The fourth annual People Issue is City Paper’s effort to introduce you to some of the city’s most interesting folks, some of whom we already know, others we wanted to get to know on your behalf. We called them up, asked them to meet us for a conversation, and simply recorded what they said. They were also kind enough to sit for photos with our staff photographer Darrow Montgomery, whose portraits offer another layer of insight into the personalities who animate the following pages.

Bowser Administration to Celebrate the Opening of Pigmental Studios’ New Animation Headquarters and Student Training Center at Gallaudet University

Washington, D.C. – On Friday, Sept. 23, the Deputy Mayor of Planning and Economic Development Brian Kenner and the DC Office of Cable Television, Film, Music and Entertainment Director Angie Gates will join Gallaudet University President Roberta J. Cordano and Pigmental Studios Co-founder and CEO Marina Martins at a ribbon-cutting ceremony officially marking the opening of Pigmental Studios’ new DC Headquarters and Student Training Center on the campus of Gallaudet University.

DC Music Download: George Clinton and Parliament Funkadelic will play a free show in D.C. on Sept. 10.

Their performance is a part of the 202 Arts & Music Festival, an all-day event filled with live music, art exhibitions, workshops and more sponsored by the DC Commission on the Arts & Humanities. It’s a free show, but you’ll have to RSVP via Eventbrite to guarantee a spot.

The festival is a part of Mayor Muriel Bowser‘s initiative called 202Creates, which aims to spotlight D.C.’s creative community through a series of events during the month of September. The DC Commission on the Arts & Humanities’ big Labor Day Weekend Music Festival is one of those events, in addition to Art All Night on Sept. 24, Snallygaster on Sept. 17 and Sonic Circuits music festival between Sept. 9-11.

DCist: '202Creates' Puts The Spotlight On The Local Creative Economy

Following month-long spotlights on innovation (innoMaytion) and affordable housing (June Housing Bloom), Mayor Muriel Bowser is turning to the local creative economy with a series of events under the banner of 202Creates.

The new effort is meant to "promote the artists, makers, and entrepreneurs who contribute to the District's thriving creative industries" through a mix of festivals, trainings, and other events throughout September.

The Washington Sun: “202Creates” will Highlight DC’s Diverse and Vibrant Arts and Cultural Scene

Events throughout the month will highlight key priorities for the Bowser Administration’s focus on the creative economy, including jobs/workforce training and STEM/STEAM education for the District’s youth.

During 202Creates, the District will also launch the Creative Economy Career Access Program (CECAP), an on-the-job training program for District residents seeking a sustainable career in the creative economy.

Mayor Bowser to Launch Effort Showcasing District’s Creative Economy

Mayor Muriel Bowser announced the inaugural “202Creates,” a citywide effort launching in September to showcase the District’s diverse and vibrant creative economy. Through an array of events, 202Creates will promote the artists, makers, and entrepreneurs who contribute to the District’s thriving creative industries.

“We are showcasing that the nation’s capital is also the capital of creativity,” said Mayor Muriel Bowser. “Every corner of our city hosts a diversity of creative industries that employ District residents and improve our quality of life. These are the people that day in and day out contribute to the heartbeat of our creative economy and help to define who we are as a city. With 202Creates, we are celebrating the creative contributions of our residents.”