By Cade Martin

As a kid I spent many a dinner at a table surrounded by friends of my parents, an eclectic cast of characters — sculptors, writers, painters, creatives. That thread of creative community has remained in our offices, our teams, and our collaborations. But that thread feels thinner in this moment. 

So I asked, with the purpose of sharing, and of supporting and caring for this creative community in its current, uncertain reality. I asked what people are doing, how they are feeling, how they are sparking creativity. It feels important to share what we do, when we can’t do all our doing.

Reaching out first to some of the talented people I’ve had the good fortune to profile though the Capitol Communicator portrait series.  It’s my version of a virtual dinner table of sorts. Grab a chair and listen in to the conversation with Angela Edwards, Senior Producer at ICF Next.

Angela, what, if anything, are you doing differently?  

I have time to exercise!  I’m running every other day and walk with my dog on the days I don’t run.  I find myself in my head sometimes and then I pull myself back to the loud music and keep going.  My family is fostering  two puppies…something outside of ourselves to focus on…Zack and Zee require lots of care and cuddles

Are you staying creatively active?  

Living is a creative act so in that regard, I’m not really doing anything differently.  Keeping current, catching up on films, TV, reading…inspiration is everywhere.  I’m on a limited news diet…the constant news cycle is not good for me.  And I’m adjusting so that I can produce content given our current limitations. 

How are you sparking yourself creatively?  

I’m not really expecting too much from myself right now.  I’m beyond grateful that I am still working but I am profoundly worried for everyone.  And I’m sad.  Sad that so many are sick and dying, sad for all those who are working without the safety equipment they need as they care for the sick, sad that I could not sit with my sister and comfort her and hug my niece and nephew and tell them she was going to be ok when she was ill with COVID-19 (she is recovering), sad for everyone who is not working and whose lives have been…I’m not sure what the word is…’s not for me to define what has been taken from them or their experience or what it feels like to them. As a nation, as a world, all our cracks are showing…the disparity that I cannot unsee…I hope to let what I am discovering and acknowledging and feeling fester…and hoping beyond hope that enough of us remember and are better when the quarantine is over.


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