Talks and Tours

Fresh Talk: Conscious Creators

Event Details

Event Date and Time

Sun, May 05, 2024
4:00 to 6:00 pm ET

Tickets and Reservations

Reservations required.
General admission: $25
Students, seniors, D.C. residents: $22
Members: $20


Performance Hall

Two people looking at a woman vendor selling colorful dish towels.
Makers, artists, and business owners discuss conscious branding and ethical production.

Event Description

About the Event

As consumers become more interested in making purchases that have a positive social, economic, and environmental impact, brands are responding. Hear from artists, designers, and creators who specialize in conscious branding and ethical production.

The panel will be followed by our Catalyst Cocktail Hour. Come early to visit the Makers’ Market and Open Studio!


Zsameria Rayford is the founder of SwapDC. As the only creative recycling event in Washington, D.C., the event fosters a fun and diverse community for residents who want to live a more sustainable lifestyle. Rayford hopes to bring awareness to the consequences of consumerism on our environment and culture.

Anne Marie Johnson is the founder and owner of D.C.-based lifestyle and clothing brand Bitter Grace, which is committed to promoting conscious fashion. Johnson advocates for sustainable fashion, emphasizing wearability and longevity.

Aurora Robson is a multimedia artist known for her meditative work intercepting the plastic waste stream. Robson is the founder of Project Vortex, an international collective of artists, designers, and architects who work in innovative ways with plastic debris. Robson is passionate about developing integrative methods for artists and designers to utilize plastic debris as a raw material.

Kelly Perkins is the founder of Spinster Sisters Co., a WBENC Certified Women-Owned and B Corp Certified business. They consciously craft all of their skin, hair, and bath products with premium, plant-based ingredients with a focus on plastic-free packaging and sustainable production practices.

About Women, Arts, and Social Change

Women, Arts, and Social Change is a public programs initiative that highlights the power of women and the arts as catalysts for change. Fresh Talk, the initiative’s signature program, features cause-driven conversations with leading artists, designers, activists, social innovators, and others.

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American Sign Language (ASL)

This event will include interpretation in American Sign Language.

Accessibility Inquiries

If you are unable to register online or would like to indicate any accessibility services you require, please email Two weeks’ notice to request accessibility services is appreciated but not required. We will make every attempt to fulfill requests.