Eaton Workshop Director of Culture Sheldon Scott on Creating Engaging Programming
By Michael M. Clements| November 19, 2018 |
Creative bon vivant Sheldon Scott is dispelling myths and creating engaging programming.
“The intent of my fine-art and social practices, broadly, is to reshape how we engage dialogue and strengthen empathy through the lens of the most marginalized narratives,” says Sheldon Scott, the director of culture at recently opened boutique hotel, coworking club, wellness center and media platform Eaton Workshop. His role is to keep this ambitious hub of hospitality woke with a steady diet of inspiration, screenings, live music and learning sessions. The opening weekend slate included the “human/progress festival” and a number of one- to two-hour sessions like a vinyl listening and storytelling session, a land recognition ceremony by the Piscataway tribe and a Kintsugi pottery workshop, along with a session on “Fake News and Globalization of Anti-Media and America’s Influence,” a healing tonic bar pop-up and a guided yoga session with an AphroSoul DJ set, just to name a few. Clearly, Eaton Workshop has found the right minister of culture. Scott is also an artist who recently completed a nine-month cohort as a Halcyon Arts Lab fellow. He has also performed at the Capital Fringe Theatre Festival and (e)merge Art Fair, and his storytelling has been shared at Busboys & Poets, Story District and The Moth, where he serves as host for DC events. “Being able to push those storytelling opportunities in conventional spaces through my studio practices and nonconventional spaces with my work at Eaton is what I would imagine innovation looks like,” he told me when I asked him if he felt his work was, in fact, innovative. In these digital days of 140-character attention spans, Scott’s curated oases of meaningful experiences are proving to be the perfect tonic to our sound-bite world. Eaton Workshop, 1201 K St. NW, DC, eatonworkshop.com