Last Friday, a group of us gathered by the fireplace at Civic Space for some continuous conversation and had a great time discussing and sharing ideas, even creating new ones together! With Edgar’s suggestion, we dubbed the night ‘Tertulia’, a word used to describe any kind of social gathering of intelligent or artistic thought.
Walter lead the discussions, modelling it much like the success of our City Counseling Session in 2011. Our talk began with a project Walter worked on in the summer time called WE Data Glow. Though he created small prototypes and tested installations, the group aided in giving suggestions on how he could take it further, including install locations, new design, and possibly ‘sponsorships’ from local companies for materials. That discussion lead to each of us agreeing that we wanted to see more art pieces like this one around the city, but not just limiting to visual arts. Jessica, a lover of music (especially opera) hopes for more musical events that cater to classical-lovers.
Another thing that came up were the city’s priorities. Where do we want to see money going into? What would certain spaces look like if artists took it over and had their say? What places do we want to keep, what places to we want to work on, and what places can we do without? (looking back to Sites of Apology/Hope.)
We want to see art happening in places we don’t expect! Or, places we once expected. Like the old band shell inside Jackson Park. Wouldn’t it be great to see a big band play in that big, beautiful park, Jess? Or, free outdoor movie nights in an old abandoned lot.
At the end of the night, we decided everyone wanted to continue this discussion again. We’re hoping for a monthly meet-up, perhaps in different locations. The more people that come out to join, the more conversation and a chance to build connections and make some of our wishes happen! What’s important here is that we’re talking, whether it’s with three people or twenty people.
Any info on an upcoming Tertulia will be posted so you can come out.
One Reply to “Highlights from Shaping Our City: Brainstorming Session”
Thanks for sharing this Rosina. It sounds like you guys covered some ground and took stock of the city as a group. I’d love to see more of this!
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