Local Works Announces Creatives in Residence

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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.

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