Cultural Toursim DC

I met Linda Harper of Cultural Toursim DC at TEDx WDC where she was a guest speaker.  Linda invited me to visit the Cultural Tourism DC’s office, to talk to her staff at their monthly meeting.  I spoke about tourism projects I’ve ran with Belfast City Council, my art work and the ARCH residency.  Cultural Tourism DC invited me to upcoming events, and we discussed ways I could get involved in projects with them.

 

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National Building Museum’s CityVision

I am volunteering with the National Building Museum’s CityVision helping with the current projects based around Anacostia.

Now in its seventeenth year, CityVision is an award-winning outreach program that uses design as a framework to teach District of Columbia public school students how to become active participants in shaping their communities. Through extensive fieldwork and careful mentoring at the National Building Museum, students identify needs and propose solutions designed to help local neighborhoods.

The CityVision students are taking on the role of urban planners and architects to propose redevelopment ideas for three different sites in Anacostia located at Poplar Point, the Metro station, and the parking lot at the corner of MLK and Howard Road. Students are to propose new buildings that meet the needs of and improves the community. Their final project is to present their research and design ideas in a formal presentation through models and a PowerPoint.

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Pentagon

We met a lovely employee of The Pentagon, she took us on a private tour last week and told us the juicy details we’d otherwise not hear!  I loved the garden in the middle, the food halls and bad decor.  What a shape!

TEDx WDC

I volunteered at TEDx WDC and met some great creative people, heard some great talks and learnt about projects happening in DC.

Held at THEARC in Congress Heights on March 24th 2012. The theme of the TEDxWDC event was The Creative City: Creativity, Entrepreneurship and Innovation.  The audience consisted of individuals highly interested in creative ideas and movements here in the Washington D.C. area.

TEDxWDC presenters shared their vision and ideas on DC’s creative community.

Full event included access to TEDxWDC // Coffee & breakfast // Lunch by Busboys & Poets // 20+ Awesome DC Presenters // Cocktail Reception

The creative economy for the District has 75,000 direct jobs in six creative clusters, which generate more than $5 billion in income each year. These jobs amount to more than 10 percent of the city’s employment base and they support entrepreneurship, and neighborhood revitalization.

NI Bureau St. Patrick’s Day Breakfast

I attended the Northern Ireland Bureau’s St. Patrick’s Day Breakfast, at The Ronald Reagan Building.  I saw the launch of the new NI 2012 tourism projects, and heard speeches from the First Minister, Peter Robinson, and deputy First Minister, Martin McGuinness.  I met a lot of interesting Northern Irish and American people.