Animations for Local Businesses At H Street Festival

11-Year-Old Artist Helps Promote Local Businesses

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Together with all the great entertainment and delicious food at H Street Festival, taking place this Saturday Oct. 13 from 12 p.m. to 7 p.m., there will be some excellent shopping. With the date delayed due to Hurricane Florence, businesses are getting more excited about the festival, which features 11 blocks of food, fun, and shopping.

Eleven-year-old Zola Johnson helped some of those businesses get ready. The KIPP Academy sixth grader has been commissioned to make animated shorts for five local businesses participating in the upcoming H Street Festival on Saturday, October 13.

11-year-old animator and artist Zola Johnson confers with her clients, custom lip gloss creator Ki Ki Hunter of Luxe Vie, jewelry designer Dook Staples of Dook Jewelry and fashion retailer Carolyn Thomas at her C.A.T.WALK Boutique (1000 H St. NE). Zola’s latest project will be shared on the clients’ social media to stir up excitement for their participation in the upcoming H Street Festival.

Zola was hired to produce the animation by Carolyn A. Thomas, proprietor of the C.A.T.Walk Boutique (1000 H St. NE). Custom lipstick and lip gloss creator Ki Ki Hunter of Luxe Vie, jewelry designer Dook Staples of Dook Jewelry and window design graphic artist Ebony Kirby of ArThySelf will participate in a pop-up inside the boutique with henna artist Galley Saleh of Ghenna Design outside the shop. All will be promoted in Zola’s piece.

Zola’s video is being used on Facebook and Instagram. Follow the businesses she promotes: fashion boutique @C.A.T.WALK_Boutique, Custom lipstick and lip gloss creator Luxe Vie, @luxevie_luxeface, jewelry designer Dook Jewelry @dookjewelry, window design graphic artist Arthyself @arthyself and henna artist Ghenna Design @ghennadesign.

H Street Festival takes place from 12 p.m. to 7 p.m. Oct. 13 on the 400 through the 1400 blocks of H Street NE. It was rescheduled due to preparations for Hurricane Florence.

Visit the businesses represented in Zola’s animation in front of the CATwalk Boutique (1000 H St. NE) during the festival!

Learn more about H Street Festival at https://www.hstreetfestival.org/