Sugar Vendil, a musician and composer, was initially attracted to The Wing’s big, beautiful space. It offered a welcome alternative to her small apartment, where she usually worked, and a break from everyday distractions.
But the sense of comfort and community has had the most influence on her practice. “When I’m there, I feel a sense of optimism, confidence, and fearlessness,” Vendil explained. “It’s affected my creative process in the sense of being more daring creatively, and being more outspoken through my art.”
“Often as women, across industries, we feel like the outsiders…and to have something that’s just ours, where men aren’t allowed, is even physically relaxing,” she continued.
This environment also drew jazz recording artist Candice Hoyes to The Wing. “I was launching some deeply personal music projects, and I needed a place to feel inspired and vulnerable,” she said. “As a musician, feeling free and collaborative is what makes me tick, and that is the nature of the place.” She’s also found opportunities to share her work through an invitation to perform in the space.
Opportunities for members to connect with each other and share work and ideas is a priority for The Wing’s staff (made up of 60 women and counting). Meetups between members are arranged regularly. Sometimes, Wing women are paired through their star signs or the neighborhoods in which they live. Or, they might be brought together through common professions, sparked by events like “Wake Up: Breakfast for Creatives,” which is billed with the tagline, “We foresee collaborations brewing!”