A Note From Kat | ReCreative Fellowship News | May/2017

When I approached Emily about a residency at ReCreative Spaces, I had no idea what to expect, but I'm glad that I did. Moving from producer to artist is not an easy shift, and it has been difficult these first few months making my time at the studio artist-centered since I also teach at a local community college full-time, and adjunct at another local university, produce events, and consult a small group of creatives. 

I live a varied life, by choice but if I want this Fellowship to work in a way that benefits me as an artist, I realize that I have to unpack a few things. I'm sharing then as part of my creative process. Here goes:

-My penchant for late nights and early mornings. I need very little sleep to function which can be a blessing, but really is not. It takes a toll on me in many ways, especially psychically, so I'm working to get bed early, or wake up later, so that I am rested. This means literally forcing myself to lay in bed until at least 7am, when I usually wake up at 5am, because I didn't get to sleep until 1am.

-I am constantly being asked to help and assist with all sorts of issues. By nature, I am a problem solver and love listening and then advising people. This also leads to me agreeing to things that only distract me from my process. This one is hard, but I am learning to say "Not right now" to the things that sound interesting, but are not on the shortlist. I'm also giving a straight up "No" to things that are not in alignment with what I am creating with Seeing EYE Woman. 

-Finally, I am unpacking solitude. This is a big one. I like being alone, but I'm a pushover when it comes to internal deadlines. One of the major components of the Fellowship revolves around accountability. This includes weekly check-ins with Emily and an advisory committee of varied folk who will give me feedback throughout my process. I thought this part would be difficult, but so far I don't hate it.

I'm looking forward to figuring out the rhythm that makes sense for me as a Fellow, and feeling grounded in the recreation of how I approach my creative life. I'll be sharing my adventures each month, so you will have a front seat to all the action. I'm also open to feedback, so feel free to comment below. Until next time, keep it breezy.

Kat

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ReCreative Spaces Announces Inaugural Fellow: Risikat Okedeyi

ReCreative Spaces is thrilled to announce the launch of our ReCreative Fellowship program, and to welcome Risikat Okedeyi as our first ReCreative Fellow.

We invite you to join us in celebrating and welcoming Risikat to the ReCreative family on April 20, 2017, 7-9pm, at our Perry Street location!
RSVP HERE

The ReCreative Fellowship program is designed to support the creation of new artistic work by prominent DMV-based artists + scholars. Fellows may be creating work in any genre. ReCreative Spaces supports the Fellow by offering 1) workspace; 2) weekly check-ins and mentorship; 3) event space to host monthly gatherings and programs that support the work, and allow a chance to update the public on the Fellow’s progress.

Over the course of her Fellowship, Risikat will be developing Seeing EYE Woman - a multi-disciplinary project that is part memoir and part cultural critique where she brings together her worldview through photography, essays, poems and text.

Of this program Risikat says, “This is a deeply personal project and one that allows me to be creative in a way that I don't always get to exercise. I needed a safe space to build and a dedicated space to create, so I am humbled and thankful for the opportunity to work with ReCreative Spaces in this unique fashion. The support already has made such a difference in my process.”

A long-time lynchpin in the DC arts scene, Risikat “Kat” Okedeyi shares her time between two passions: cultural architecture and teaching.  Kat is a self-defined cultural architect and owner of LiL SoSo Productions, LLC (www.lilsoso.com) where she creates high-quality nightlife experiences, produces and directs conversations on and around progressive culture and aesthetics, and works with artists and creatives of all sorts in a variety of branding and administrative capacities. 

For more information, please click HERE.

Now Accepting Applications! - Work·Space·Exchange

The Work·Space·Exchange Program is a bartering program for artists, makers, and entrepreneurs.
The program consists of covering one Front Desk shift per week  (10am-2pm) at ReCreative Spaces Perry Street in exchange for shared work space throughout the week. 

Duties include

  • Opening the space for visitors by 10am
  • Managing front desk - greeting guests, answering questions, answering phones, handling artwork sales
  • Light cleaning including, but not limited to, vacuuming, mopping, dusting
  • Closing the space by 2pm

Perks include

  • Open work space Mon-Fri 9am-5pm on our main floor
  • Additional work space hours on weekends on our shared second floor
  • Coffee, WiFi, and desk space included
  • Additional opportunities to participate in ReCreative Spaces programming + events 

Ideal candidates are creatives who work from home and/or have flexible schedules. A weekly commitment (same day each week)for Front Desk management is essential. All other hours for working in the space is flexible, and may change from week to week. 

Interested? Please complete the application HERE and we will be back in touch shortly. We look forward to meeting you!