(photo by Larissa Ramey)
For Larissa Ramey, making her art and building a creative life is just part of the goal:
Finding ways to make that art available to communities that aren't always included in "the art world," or who don't often have access to art, is just as crucial. And it's what makes the Leesburg, Va.-based Ramey so excited about what online artistic communities can offer.
Since graduating last year from PCA&D with her BFA in Photography, Ramey has joined Darkside Collective. There, her role as administrative partner involves branding, social media, being on the looking for emerging talent, and handling outreach to other creatives and collectives. Founded by Nat Raum, whom Ramey met four years ago at a Society for Photographic Education Conference in Florida, Darkside Collective is an online space that provides artistic critiques, in-person meetups, visibility, and career resources.
And now it's published its first zine, Map to the Darkside, juried on the theme of "place."
What's it like to build that new community of creatives once you've graduated from art college -- and what role can the digital world play in helping artists find each other and reach audiences who wouldn't find them easily otherwise?
Here's Ramey's experience: