A sense of community is one of the most important aspects of a blog. Without the encouragement and dedication of an online community, there would be no blog or audience. My two inspirations, One Hungry Jew and Simply Audree Kate, have done a great job of building a sense of community through their blogs and extensions on social media, speaking engagements, podcasts, merchandise, and more. Polka Dots and Prosecco will start to create a sense of community through social media. Interacting with my audience on these social platforms will allow a relationship to form and grow. I believe that social media is the first step in getting to know someone online—before you go in for an interview you look them up online, before you go out on a date you search their social medias for any red flags. In today’s digital society, the basis of a community begins with the relationships you build online and how you relate to the local community. Until graduation in May, the audience and community surrounding Polka Dots and Prosecco starts with the students at Kent State University.
In the midst of fashion weeks and endless cold, the Fashion School at Kent State continues to make strides in the industry. Thinking local and impactful, Kent State ‘s Fashion school was recently ranked #15 in the world and #5 in the country, according to Fashionista, rising three spots from the previous year. These accolades don’t come sparingly as the faculty and students in Northeast Ohio are constantly breaking boundaries.
With the help of the fashion school and junior design student, Christelle Tucker, Sarah Kois is making her mark on the male driven music industry in the role of the conductor. Kois is a student in the School of Music where she noticed a missing link when preparing for her first concert as a conductor—there was no specifics when it came to what a woman had to wear, only the men’s standard suit. Kois’ professors led her to the Fashion School where she and Tucker worked together to develop this new design after receiving a Flash Grant to assist with the costs of creation and production. Reflecting on this collaboration, Kois stated, “The purpose of this project isn’t to put female conductors into a box and only give them one thing, because we think it’s really great that we can celebrate femininity in many different fashions.” This project brought together the music and fashion community here at Kent State in order to accomplish something that could change and empower, female conductors for years to come.