By Punch Correspondent Melinda Contreras
Washington Life, a premier guide to DC’s luxury, power, philanthropy & style, held its 8th annual Young and The Guest List (YGL) event on Wednesday, December 11, 2013 at the historic Carnegie Library at Mount Vernon Square . The Young and the Guest List recognizes the most accomplished leaders in our nation’s capital under the age of 40. This year’s recognized young leaders included Members of Congress, White House policy makers, entrepreneurs, musicians, artists, activists, media personalities, restaurateurs, and mixologists. Nearly 800 people attended this year’s event, including the Washington Capitals’ Alex Ovechkin and his fiancee, Russian tennis star Maria Kirilenko.
For the fifth year in a row, Washington Life brought on event planner Andre Wells to manage the event, and this year, the publication also brought on Art Soiree Productions to showcase the creative energy and outlook that has taken over the nation’s capital. Art Soiree brings art to everyday places, and they brought it to every place within the night’s event space. A different art form was showcased in six rooms that spanned the three floors of the Carnegie Library. In the Theodore Roosevelt Studio, guests were treated to Ayesha Khwaja Husain’s glass artwork installation inspired by Rumi’s Poems. Guests were even provided with a print out of each poem that inspired each piece of artwork so that they could read the poems as they admired the multi layer glass installations.
In the L’Enfant Map Room, known for having an illuminated floor map of Washington, DC (I don’t think a moment went by when where there was not someone pointing to some place on the map), both audio and visual arts kept guest entertained, as Sardar completed a live mural painting while trumpet and saxophone performers added to sounds and music mixed by multiple DJs.
The main attraction on the first floor of the Carnegie Library was the live band, but if you worked your way to the Evening Star Boardroom or Noyes Boardroom, found to the right and left of the stage, you would find live bodypainting, paper installations, and video art projections. There was one lovely winter inspired piece that looked like a scene straight out of The Nutcracker. More bodypainting artists were located on the second floor foyer, and constellations were even projected on to the ceiling of the Benjamin Benneker Gallery located on the lower level. There was literally no section of the venue that Art Soiree did not put in the hands of an amazing artist. This “Creative Capital” spin on The Young and the Guest List event was a great way to celebrate Washington, DC’s young leaders. If you know anyone who should be on next year’s list, make sure to send Washington Life a note!
For the complete listing of 2013’s YGL, click HERE.
Melinda traveled cross country from a suburb of Los Angeles to attend college in DC, and has been enjoying DC ever since. As a Product Development Coordinator for Thinkfun, an Alexandria based company that creates "addictively fun games that sharpen your mind”, Melinda is often asked if her job is like the movie Big. Basically, yes. When not playing logic puzzles, Melinda likes to track down the coolest events in DC (along with the contests and giveaways that will get you in to them for free). You can find her tweeting about giveaways (and pizza) at @withabambipurse.