Lowcountry Local First (LLF) is proud to announce Katie Ashley and Tyquan Morton as the two recipients of its Creative in Residence program, a new initiative that awards a six-month opportunity at Local Works, LLF’s non-sector coworking space. Ashley and Morton will begin their residency on January 1stand receive mentorship over a six-month period to enrich their creative ventures.
Ashley is an essayist, blogger, yoga and meditation teacher, and podcast host. She will spend the residency writing as well as editing podcast episodes, creating in-person and virtual workshop agendas, and working on both the creative and business sides of her brand. Of the opportunity, Ashley says, “Having access to Local Works will be a game changer for me and my business, as it will allow for me to have a consistent, inspiring, and productive workspace and community.”
Morton is a poet interested in affecting change in the community through his writing and social justice efforts. A prevention and inclusion specialist at South Carolina Coalition Against Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault, Morton plans to spend the residency writing and editing poems that will be a catalyst for the social justice work he does. Of the residency, he says, “I believe there is so much power in collaboration, especially in a small, but ever-growing city like Charleston.”
Given the overwhelming response to the call for applications, Lowcountry Local First has plans to conduct a second creative residency program later in 2017; details will be announced in the near future.