Heather Hamilton, Pennigan Productions and The 20 Something Project

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I was introduced to Pennigan Productions when I attended The Pow Wow pop up at Stonefruit Espresso in August. The creativity and energy of the musicians and artists was inspiring and I knew I wanted to share the Pennigan story and mission. Happy reading!

Name: Heather Hamilton

Company: Pennigan Productions and The 20 Something Project

Launch date: Est. February 2014

Motto: We work to connect and interact with the world around us. Through our imagination and enthusiasm for life, our goal is to make and encourage art.

Describe the moment you knew you had to launch Pennigan Productions
It is hard to place the exact  moment I launched Pennigan Productions and The 20 Something Project. It was such a collection of moments and conversations so it is hard to pinpoint specifics. I felt so lucky to continually be surrounded by young creatives that helped inspire and cultivate ideas. The idea was developed out of my need to create something. I wanted to speak to an audience of my peers. The 20 Something Project blog grew out of that conversation. I wanted to highlight the experience I was so familiar with.

The Pow Wow Festival at Stonefruit was an entertaining day that celebrated creativity, community and collaboration. How did the festival come together?
The Pow Wow is an amazing collective that is started by artists and for artists. We met and instantly felt connected. We were excited to have the opportunity to bring our communities together! The Pow Wow found the amazing space at Stonefruit and The Full Moon Carnival came alive. We brought our two collectives together to pull off an amazing event. With such a network of artists it was easy to create an event like we did.

What are the challenges to creating and sustaining a network to support young creatives in 2015?  
The hardest part of creating a network for young creatives in 2015 is time. We don’t have enough time in the day to do everything we want. New York City is full of amazing opportunities and experiences but it is so difficult to do it all. It makes it tricky to build a network and keep it relevant and active. Once you have the support it is as if it is unbreakable but it takes time and effort to grow. I feel so lucky to have met the people that I have met. Not only were they talented they all supported the project.

What advice do you have for anyone who is creating in isolation?
I think you need to provide yourself with space and isolation to create. There is a balance between that space and community. It is so important to get your work out into the world. If that means sharing it with just one confidant or your whole social network that is up to you. Art is not only about expression but also about experience.

What’s coming up for Pennigan Productions and the 20Something Project?
We are changing formats right now for The 20 Something Project. That takes time and loads of coffee. The one thing we know is there will be more meet-ups, more mixed medium events and more collaborations.

This is your chance to shout out to your community….don’t be shy.
There are so many people I would like to shout out to. I would just like to say thank you. Thank you for believing in The 20 Something Project. Thank you for being so incredibly supportive. And thank you for being the most inspiring people I have had the pleasure of meeting.

I can’t wait to see what comes next from Pennigan Productions and the 20Something Project!  You can follow them on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.  Or you can contact Heather here.

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