5Qs With: Katie Boyts
When did you move to Baltimore?
Were there any challenges creating or finding opportunities for yourself being a transplant to Baltimore?
Honestly, I find being a transplant to be a strength, at least if you have a sense of curiosity. Because people have a real sense of pride about place, especially in Baltimore and so I think if you express your curiosity in the culture, they’re enthusiastic to open their arms to you. I will say though… A lot of people that live here are from here, which is unlike a lot of other places I’ve lived. And that means that you have to really put yourself out there to understand the culture, and it means being ok with asking lots of questions, entering spaces with a sense of humility, and being uncomfortable. Being uncomfortable is always challenging. Not knowing is challenging.
Favorite Baltimore memory?
Oh man, just one?
The CreativeMornings with Devin Allen is up there. The dessert dinner I did at Dooby’s in collaboration with my sister who is a painter. The theme was repetition – her with her paintings of the bun image (as in hair, not the food) and we created a chocolate-themed menu. It was really wonderful to work with her on that and the evening turned out kind of magical.
Also, I got to go on a shoot with Shine Creative for a Maryland Board of Tourism project which took us all over Maryland. I got to see parts of the state I probably never would have seen otherwise. Finally, Poutine Jaffles.