Creative Life in the Gateway Arts District
On May 3rd singer, songwriter, performer, and educator Tamara Wellons will fill the Gateway Arts District with her “hypnotic blend of soul, jazz and soulful house varieties” with six hours of continuous half hour performances throughout local beauty, health care and barber shops. This pop-up performance series, Beauty Built on Love, is meant to spread the concepts of “embracing love, celebrating each other, and being confident in who you are” and includes a give-away card that allows customers to download Wellons most recent album.
I got the opportunity to bend Wellons ear on what inspired Beauty Built on Love and drove her down the creative placemaking path.
Over the past five years I have written many songs about love – loving yourself, letting go to ‘finding the love deep within’, and living your life in love. I decided to make a dancable compilation of the music and I called it Built on Love. After careful thought about who’d be listening, I decided to call it Beauty is Built on Love for the purpose of the spreading the message of self-love, self-image, and esteem. We (humans) strive to beautify ourselves in many ways on the outside and my message is to keep that light shining bright from the inside out. Look good, feel good – Feel good, look good. Be good.
I’m excited to be touring all the locations. I feel like I’ll be the piper of the town, but of course, leading others to happiness if not but for a day. Music has its long-term effects, causing nostalgia and great moments. I am hoping that’s what will happen for the town.
I am taking my art performance to the people instead of having a concert where people have to come, purchase tickets at a certain time out of their neighborhood. The community gets a chance to hear and experience art just where they are. It makes the business active and vibrant, it fosters community, and a sense of distinctiveness for Hyattsville and the surrounding area. It’s creative and diverse, and it gives the public the perception of safety, connections, and support of local businesses.