Mike Floss, Jason Eskridge among inaugural ‘Creatives on The Rise’ class

By SOTG News Service

More than 125 names were submitted for consideration, but only 23 were selected for the Creative’s Day Committee of Nashville’s inaugural “Creatives on The Rise” social media award campaign. The finalists have been announced and the list includes fan favorites, Mike Floss and Jason Eskridge. Residents of Nashville and surrounding counties nominated their favorite Creative within a two-week time frame.

The goal of the “Creative on The Rise” campaign is to honor the Creatives in Nashville and surrounding counties that are rising above their creative counterparts in various industries, according to Creatives’ Day chairperson Brian Sexton. Each of the winners will be featured in a YouTube campaign that will highlight their creative process in partnership with Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library as well as the Nashville Public Library.

“This annual award is about recognizing those Creatives that continue to bring tremendous value to the Middle Tennessee region,” Sexton explained. “This campaign is also about breaking up silos and connecting community residents and leaders to our creative community so that we can being to network, problem solve and collaborate together around the issues impacting Nashville.”

This year’s list of “Creatives on The Rise” winners include:

  • Lily C. Hansen,
  • Jake Elliott,
  • Omari Booker,
  • Donna Woodley,
  • Katie Wolf,
  • Jamal Jenkins,
  • Michael B. Hicks,
  • Emoni Wilkins,
  • Jason Eskridge,
  • Rashad Rayford,
  • Mike Floss,
  • D’Llisha Davis,
  • Jama Mohamed,
  • Ciona Rouse,
  • Anasa Troutman,
  • Kristen Chapman Gibbons,
  • Kelly Huddleston,
  • DJ Jazzy T,
  • Matt Kenigson,
  • Joshua Lewis,
  • Tammy O’Connor,
  • Alyx Walker
  • Zach and Dorinda Walker.

“I am so incredibly grateful to live in such a supportive city and community,” Lily C. Hansen, a journalist and 2017 Creative on The Rise winner, said about her selection. “What an inspiration for how things could be if we all cheered one another on instead of always trying to be right. Everything that is wrong with our national government is made right in Nashville’s creative ecosystem.”

The idea for Creatives’ Day was conceived when Sexton and a collective of other creative personalities converged to form an advocacy support group comprised of the Arts & entertainment stakeholders that share a sincere desire to protect Nashville’s thriving creative community. The steering committee’s efforts culminated with Nashville Mayor Megan Barry signing a proclamation last year officially declaring Saturday, Oct. 22 as Creatives’ Day in Nashville.

Creatives’ Day is a time of recognition dedicated to individuals with an entrepreneurial spirit and passion for innovation. It includes, but is not limited, to musicians, songwriters, visual artists, film art professionals, makers, journalists, photographers, dancers, and creative entrepreneurs living and working throughout middle Tennessee. Since last fall, the steering committee has also hosted two networking mixers alongside indie music blog 2LsOnACloud as well as a pair of industry panels tackling issues related to housing for creatives and available resource centers that provide aid to Nashville creatives.




Mike Floss, Jason Eskridge among inaugural ‘Creatives on The Rise’ class


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