The Institute for Creativity (i4c) is a non-profit organization aiming to foster creativity in its many forms. “The Common Mind at i4c” is one of their upcoming events and buzz had the chance to speak with organizer Matt Harsh on what excites him about the event’s line-up.
buzz: For those who don’t know, what is The Common Mind?
Matt Harsh: The Common Mind is a collective of artists involved in a wide range of mediums who have produced shows together since 2009. Our group thrives on a grass-roots collective approach with the goal of bringing together and showcasing as many unique and often self-taught local artists as we can fit in a gallery space. Our focus is to expose the community to arts through an interactive and engaging event using the formula of live art, music and public participation.
buzz: Is this your first time collaborating with i4c?
MH: Yes it is, as far as The Common Mind goes. (I personally did a video installation there last summer.) Part of the fun is to switch up venues for different shows. This challenges us to transform different spaces into awesome art and music venues.
buzz: What excites you about this event, and what do you think makes it unique?
MH: I would say that the diversity of work that will be displayed, along with the live art, is what is really unique about the event at i4c. This has been our working formula – diverse art, live music and interactive installations. This is what has pushed our shows beyond the normal gallery experience. A lot of art shows are just displays; once you have walked through, you are done and leave. I think we keep people engaged with how much is going on right there in the moment.
buzz: Do you think that’s something you’ll continue to have in upcoming events, either personal ones or ones with i4c?
MH: This formula has worked for all of our shows and we plan to expand on that formula. We plan to bring more interactive and diverse experiences to our show, [as well as] reaching out to new artists that normally wouldn’t have the opportunity to display their work in this type of space.
buzz: If you had to give one sentence to explain why people should go, what would it be?
MH: Our community is full of talented and unique artists and performers, and it only gets better when you become a part of it!
“The Common Mind at i4c” will be on February 27 from 5 PM to 12 AM.