Creators Coalition + Marcus Cook
What a time to be a creative entrepreneur in DC! We're learning every day about new people + resources to support our creative economy, and today we're highlighting one of our recent faves... founder @aguynamedcook and Creators Coalition - a creative collaboration firm providing empowerment to creatives through outreach, support, and opportunities.
Like many great entrepreneurs who create something to fill a void they experience firsthand, Cook's inspiration for @creatorscoalitioncame out of a lack of opportunity in his own life. As an aspiring artist/musician/rapper, he saw a need for space where creatives are supported in creating control + ownership of their work.
Dubbing himself a Creative Architect, Cook set out to build immersive events with no limits. He believes great events aren't just about logistics... they're about the creative experience for artists + guests. Through his work, he loves uniting creatives and giving them opportunities to share what they do with the community.
Cook's first big project was creating "The Launch" - an interactive event where attendees experience music + visual art installations from local artists and vote for their favorite of the night. The catch? The exhibits are anonymous until the results are announced, so the experience is purely focused on the art, not the artist's personal brands. You can catch the next one later this summer - stay tuned for details!
Coming up next: the Black Renaissance Block Party on June 22 - a family-friendly event featuring local vendors, food trucks, art, and panels with black community leaders. Kids will join the creative fun with workshops where they learn how to create their own businesses, too! You won't want to miss this FREE event - visit the link in bio at @creatorscoaliton for more info.
If you're a creative looking for your tribe + support, you can join Cook at his monthly meetup - Creatives Anonymous at Eaton: a safe space for creatives to connect and grow. The next one is July 8th, and we'll be there!