[Black Business Interview Series] The Sand Gallery [Written by Shae McCoy]

Photo taken by Shae McCoy of Coy-Op Photos *Left Rodney, Chef Bey,(Milly is seated in the center-left), B (co-owner), Joe, and Kydd *Right

Do black businesses in Baltimore get enough recognition? I didn’t think so, so I’ve decided to give them shine by interviewing the owners of a few businesses you may or may not know. First I would like to start with a mogul in the making who goes by the name Milly Vanderwood. Milly, the rapper who transitioned into an art dealer, does his duty in his hometown of Baltimore City. If there is anything art related going on in the city, you can bet that Milly has had his hands on it. Although his work for the community speaks high volumes, he is a behind the scenes type of entrepreneur. He grew up being inspired by well-known moguls such as Sean Combs, Dame Dash, Master P, Jay Z, Kevin Liles, Russell Simmons and many others. Milly runs/own a creative brand umbrella where he assists and manages local music artists and other upcoming talents. He also runs an art gallery that showcases the work of local and global visual artists. Get to know more about his businesses in the brief interview below.

What is the name of your business/organization?

The Incredible Creation + The Sand Gallery

How long have you been running your business/organization?

The Incredible Creation = 8 years // The Sand Gallery = 1 year & 7 months

What services do you provide/products do you sell?

Talent Management, Brand Building, Promo, Marketing, Sip & Paints, Face Painting, Commissioned Artwork, Executive Producing, Graphic Designs etc.

How does your business/organization serve the community?

Free cookouts, Art drops, Giveaways, Safe place for creatives to come work, Children’s events, art classes etc.

Do you have plans on branching out further to serve communities other than your own?

Absolutely, we want to help as many people as we can and do our part in changing the world as well as opening more art galleries outside of Baltimore.

List one long term and one short term goal you have for your business/organization.

Make a million dollars on my own terms and open more galleries in other cities across the world.

Where can people go to find out more about your business or organization? (social media, website,etc…)

Instagram: @theincrediblecreation @thesandgallery

Facebook: The Incredible Creation x The Sand Gallery

sellartnotdrugs.tumblr.com

theincrediblecreation.wordpress.com

The S.A.N.D. ( Sell Art Not Drugs) Gallery is located at 823 E. Baltimore Street, Baltimore, Maryland, 21202.

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