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.
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.