Today we’d like to introduce you to Mia Loving.
Hi Mia, please kick things off for us with an introduction to yourself and your story.
I am born and raised in Baltimore. I went to Temple University in Philly and was there inspired by so many young creative entrepreneurs. I knew that Baltimore had so much talent, and I wanted to bring what I learned in other states to provide stronger platforms for young creatives and audiences in particular.
When I returned to Baltimore in 2010, I started Cre3sol, an arts collective providing alternative arts experiences for young adults in Baltimore and surrounding areas. We hosted networking events, open mics, parties, comedy events, whatever we could think of when many people weren’t doing it for that particular audience.
The years navigating that I discovered what was really behind the lack: racist policies, lack of economic infrastructure for the creative sector, and lack of intergenerational mentorship. By founding Invisible Majority in 2015, I sought to tackle these things.
Alright, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall, and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
Is there ever a smooth road with activism, art, or entrepreneurship? Especially when you’re bringing new ideas to the table, it is easy to be dismissed, stolen from, and under-resourced. Also, compound that with family issues, and the road has not been easy.
I decided to quit my job, get married and start a business all at one time. Trying to navigate these new realities, juggling my position being a businesswoman and wife, definitely has been the hardest thing I’ve ever done. I’ve often felt unappreciated and unsupported, which might be the biggest challenge itself.
Thanks – so what else should our readers know about Invisible Majority?
Invisible Majority is a Baltimore-based creative community incubator providing space, services, and support to Baltimore’s independent creative business community.
The brainchild of curator and educator Mia Loving and DJ, Producer and Recording Artist Blaqstarr, Invisible Majority aims to strengthen the independent arts community by connecting artists and entrepreneurs to information and resources to make them more successful.
We offer consulting, artist development, management/booking, recording, music + video production, event planning, writing services, and more!
If we knew you growing up, how would we have described you?
I always was an old soul. I was always interested in social justice, politics, and art. Sometimes, I’m amazed at my younger self, things I may have forgotten about, and see how they are mirrored or reflected today. I was always really quiet, mostly because I was thinking all the time. I loved watching TV and movies.
I always stood out, even though I constantly tried to hide and shield myself. I loved to write. I started writing mostly short stories and little picture books, then in middle school, I got into poetry, and by high school, I was mostly writing little essays. I always loved to laugh and loved how comedy was a way to highlight certain issues.
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