create\uplift is a multimedia company based in Topeka, Kansas. We provide creative services such as graphic design, professional photography, videography, website development, and marketing solutions. Since 2015 we have operated from our workspace in Downtown Topeka, located in the collaborative makerspace, 712 Innovations. We are a small group of creative people who work around the clock to deliver high quality products and services to our clients.
In my senior year of high school, my close friend Jarrod Mason and I spent a lot of time daydreaming about running our own clothing line we called "Creative Culture", and subsequently doodled some designs and illustrations for it. It wouldn't be until 5 years later that I would have the opportunity and resources to actually try and make those daydreams a reality.
In 2013 I registered a domain and launched what was known as Well Cultured, or CULT, an online platform that served as a home base for everything creative. I didn't have any plan or path for success, it was just something I started as a hobby. Later that same year I was on a road trip heading from Kansas to New York City, when I brought up my website and ideas to a couple close friends. When we got back home from NYC, the three of us started to put a plan in motion.
In early 2014, Chris Partee, Jermaine Adams, Jarrod Mason, and myself launched a full campaign for Well Cultured, and debuted our clothing line at the annual 'KC Sole Sneakfest' where we brought our brand to thousands of sneaker and streetwear enthusiasts. Our brand was well received and met with praise from fellow creatives in the community. Things were going well as we continued to grow through our main outlet, music. It wouldn't be until later that year we were faced with adversity, when in September, Christopher 'Eightball' Partee passed away in a car accident traveling through Oklahoma.
Disheartened from Chris' sudden passing, we were left to pick up the pieces and try to keep the brand moving forward. Things staggered for quite some time until mid 2015, when the CULT brand acquired a small Topeka video start up called "The Midwest Invasion". Adding Marcy Gonzalez and his TMI platform to the team, Well Cultured relaunched in early 2016 as what is now known as create\uplift.
Since I first registered that domain in the Fall of 2013 the core ideas I envisioned for CULT remain the same: create, uplift, learn, and teach. All of the people involved with our brand act with these ideals in place, and we continue to push forward building a better, more innovative platform for Kansas and Kansans.