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Art Party in Downtown Covington Dares to Be Different

Tonight, a different kind of party will be thrown in downtown Covington.

Different x Design (DxD), a project funded by The Center for Great Neighborhoods of Covington, will present "UnCOVentional: A different kind of pARTy" - an event the organization says "is inside Covington, but outside the box."

"DxD has been somewhat an underground community of individuals and businesses, each working towards their own goals for the semester. This event will shed light on those individual apprentices and what they've brought to the table in such a short amount of time," said Durham Brand & Co.'s Austin Dunbar, a mentor in the program. 

The party will celebrate the work and six-month apprenticeships of the DxD artists and community partners alongside other unique happenings in Covington. 

"People can expect to see, hear, taste and interact with a lot of "different" things. Up in the front of the shop, there will be posters and goods with original art created by the Different x Design artists," said Julia Keister, founder of DxD. "As you move towards the back there will be a Play Library table where partygoers can create their own creatures out of toy parts and a film booth with a rare experimental film on view thanks to the Mini Microcinema. In the middle of the party is where you can eat your Gutierrez tamales and wash them down with some cocktails from Glourious Kombucha and New Riff Distilling. And, of course, the amazingly designed retail goods from Durham Dept. will be on sale all over the store.

"As part of the celebration, DxD also wanted to shine a light on other out of the box creatives in Northern Kentucky and invite them to team up for the event.  Collaborators include Austin Dunbar, the designer behind Durham Brand & Co. and Durham Dept., Jacqueline Wood who is bringing her Mini Microcinema to the Carnegie in March, Covington resident, Julia Fischer, winner of a People's Liberty grant to open her Play Library in the OTR Globe Building this summer, Meagan Rea who is making Glourious Kombucha in the NKY incubator kitchen, and Hannah Lowen, the General Manager of New Riff Distilling and Ei8ht Ball Brewing in Newport. Together, we hope to throw a bumpin' party where all who come are proud and motivated to be different."

Artists and Community Partners being celebrated Include:
Keeman Monee x Durham Brand & Co.
Justin Lunsford x The River City News
Rebecca Titus x Baker Hunt Art & Cultural Center
Tim Schaaf x Hub+Weber Architects, PLC

The party will be held tonight at Durham Dept. at 617 Madison Avenue in Covington and runs from 5:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

- Staff report/Photo by Durham Brand & Co.