Washington, D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser announced that she has opened a new unit that will serve as a bridge between local artists and the District’s government.
“Our city has a rich cultural history and a thriving creative economy. By establishing a Creative Affairs Office dedicated to amplifying the arts and culture in D.C., we’re doubling down on our commitment to equity and sustainability in the arts and doing more to support our creative community,” Bowser was quoted as saying.
The mayor announced the launching of the new office on August 29, as she was attending the 202Creates at the Eaton D.C. hotel.
Our creative economy breathes life into DC. That’s why, tonight, in celebration of #202Creates, I announced the launch of the Creative Affairs Office. It’ll engage DC’s arts and cultural communities and institutions while empowering our creatives. #aCreativeDC pic.twitter.com/cuv40mWjGO
— Mayor Muriel Bowser (@MayorBowser) August 30, 2019
202Creates is a month-long annual event dedicated to support D.C.-based creatives and entrepreneurs. It has been taking place every September since 2016 and features various activities.
The Creative Affairs Office will be operating under the Director of the Office of Cable Television, Film, Music, and Entertainment (OCTFME). It will be working in partnership with other D.C. agencies and take part in initiatives such as 202Creates.
Bowser’s move followed the controversial Cultural Plan unveiled by her last April. The plan was the outcome of a joint work by the D.C. Office of Planning and OCTFME. However, despite the contribution of over 1,500 artists and cultural experts, the draft of the plan received criticism last year from local artists, who stated it must focus on keeping artists in the city, according to DCist.