The creative industries are the new powerhouse for economic growth and prosperity across the United States and globally. Investing in innovation and unbounded creativity through arts centered, sustainable business models is proving a successful strategy for local governments re-imagining their economic priorities to attract new talent and businesses, create jobs, revitalize commercial corridors and maintain regional competitiveness. Creative incubators and start-up accelerators are considered effective spaces for inspiring, educating, mentoring, connecting and catapulting creative entrepreneurs toward success.
Embracing an entrepreneurial model for arts centered economic development; PGAHC received a 2014 State Bond Bill Capital Grant to launch the County’s first creative business incubator in the Gateway Arts District. Our goal is to nurture creative vision to value and partner with other organizations with shared goals and objectives of building locally driven, sustainable creative economies
PGAHC has partnered with DC Fashion Foundation to launch the Fashion Design Incubator at Macy’s Metro Center. This will be Macy’s fourth location of the highly successful Fashion Incubator program. The program supports and promotes emerging fashion designers and encourages local designers to grow and maintain their business in the Washington DC metro region. A collaboration between the District of Columbia, We Are DC, Macy’s Metro Center, Prince George’s Arts and Humanities Council and several educational and international institutions devoted to fashion design, this initiative exemplifies cross border activations that impact the growth of sustainable fashion companies and cross sector economic development. The yearlong program at DCFI will provide office space, a production room and shared showroom space/conference room along with industry expert professional development and business management workshops, plus one-on-one mentorship.
This years Prince George’s Arts and Humanities selected Designer in Residence (DIR) will be accessory artisan Yanique Moore, a local resident and associate professor at Bowie State University, Fashion Design Program.
PGAHC sponsors and serves as an agency advisor to the Creative Edge iStudio, a mentoring space for filmmakers, residing on the premises of the University of Maryland. The iStudio is a motion picture business development project seeking to innovate (iStudio=Innovation Studio) and accelerate development and production of film and television projects. In the inaugural cohart six (6) filmmakers (with projects) were paired with Consulting Producers. The Consulting Producers are professionals in the media with development, production, and distribution backgrounds, fitting to our mission of film business development.
One of this years participants is Malkia Lydia, Prince George’s Film Maker. Malkia K. Lydia is is an award winning documentary producer and writer, who seeks to reconnect people, stories and authentic power. She has created content steeped in history and culture for regional public TV, NGOs, and a major historical museum. Malkia has also worked on the social impact and engagement end of media, with a community television station, at film festivals, and for a media think tank. Her production company, Kuyamba Media, is currently completing a web series shot in Ghana, and prepping two television projects for financing and development: The Munir Project is a documentary about Khalil Abdul Malik Raheem Munir, who on the brink of fatherhood himself, will journey behind prison walls to decipher the name and legacy bequeathed to him by his dad. The Collab is a series where each episode brings two music artists – from two different places in the global spectrum of Black music – together to create a live performance. Malkia is active with Docs In Progress and Creative Edge Studio Collaborative, two regional filmmaking associations. She is a Washington, DC native who now lives in Hyattsville.
Yanique’s celebrates women and engenders pride with #LoveinaHandbag. Handbags, fashion accessories, jewelry and gift items are all products of her sculptural approach to handbag design. Yanique’s designs can be found in major department stores, niche retailers and upscale boutiques worldwide. In addition to client/private label design services, Yanique Moore is the founder of Ollie Olivier Handbags.
Award-winning Accessory Designer, Yanique Moore is a former runway spokesmodel for Johnson Publishing Co. EBONY Fashion Fair and Cosmetics. New York fashion icon, Henri Bendel department store awarded her as “The New & The Next” a young accessory design talent retailing her jewelry in stores nationwide. Top 5 of thousands internationally, Yanique was nominated 2011 Independent Handbag Designer Award by InStyle Magazine and Design Sponsored by Austrian based crystal company SWAROVSKI.
Yanique began her pursuit of design while earning her BA in ART from Spelman College. She currently teaches Fashion Design (Product/Industrial), Visual Communication Digital Media Arts (VCDMA) at Bowie State University and serves as a lecturer for emerging designers.