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As the crowd mingled after our “Meeting of the Minds” event last night, the room was buzzing with conversation: new ideas, plans to check out undiscovered things and introductions to different people from the corners of this county. We caught these takes from members of the crowd.

Listen in to their reviews, and add your two cents below.

Sarah Trujillo, 30, College Area

Niche:

The arts

What idea is sticking with you?

I’m really interested in what Jennifer Luce is talking about with the furniture and art kind of coalescing into one, and I want to see her exhibition when it comes out in the fall.

What did you think was missing?

I don’t know. I feel like they did a pretty good job of covering all the arts.

John Zappas, 25, Detroit, Mich. (formerly of Golden Hill)

Niche:

Visual artist

What idea is sticking with you?

MoMitA. I really liked that [Casa Familiar] created a project that was valuable for the community and also had value on a more international art world scene. And then they brought it from the community to the art world and back to the community.

What did you think was missing?

Everyone is here because they really care about art and culture. … But that might be something to think about. How can you get people who normally aren’t coming to arts events to get involved?

Scott Clear, 43, Escondido

Niche:

Industrial design and architecture

What idea is sticking with you?

I like to see the diversity in San Diego, and I think the collaboration of these different areas is important in what we do. … You can see a common thread.

What did you think was missing?

I think the part that will be missing is the follow-up substance. So I’d be curious to see how it goes from here. Just historically speaking it’s been hard to keep these things pulled together in San Diego.

Alex Devereaux, 36, Golden Hill

Niche:

Furniture

What idea is sticking with you?

On one level you’re thinking, “I feel like there’s a lot going on in San Diego.” But then on another you’re like, “I just don’t see a lot going on.” But then you come to an event like this and see people from a broad spectrum of different fields here.

Where might you visit?

My furniture shop is in Chula Vista, really close to San Ysidro. And I kind of just always drive through San Ysidro to get to Tijuana, and I forget about San Ysidro. So I’d like to go check out the MoMitA show.

What did you think was missing?

I didn’t find anything missing, so, maybe some air conditioning.

Erin Chambers Smith, 29, Normal Heights

Niche:

Media (Editor of San Diego Magazine)

What idea is sticking with you?

I would say that the La Jolla mural project is something that’s sticking with me. I feel like I’ll notice that in my day-to-day life — going to La Jolla, eating dinner, going for runs, going to the beach.

What did you think was missing?

I would say air-conditioning. It was a little warm.

Natalie Kardos, 29, University Heights

Niche:

music, photography, science

What idea is sticking with you?

‘Cross-pollinate’ I guess is the buzzword. … I know nothing about the theater scene or dance or art other than photography. I want to know. But it’s one of those things where a lot of times it can be really, really intimidating — if you don’t know anyone who is involved in that scene — to just start going to things or even to find out where those things are.

Where might you visit?

Definitely going to San Ysidro. Definitely going to take some pictures down there. Probably Tijuana as well. Lots of areas to explore.

Mike Norris, 30, North Park

Niche:

Web design

What idea is sticking with you?

Well, I kind of came in in the middle of it. I saw that guy who did the border one. I forget what it was called but that’s one that really stuck out. I don’t know why.

Melissa Martin, 22, Poway

Niche:

Student

What idea is sticking with you?

I really liked the whole part about intertwining the education with the art. I think that’s really important. I want to teach and I love art so think that’s really interesting.

Jacqueline Silverman, 49, University Heights

Niche:

Non-profit arts management, San Diego Opera

What idea is sticking with you?

The accessibility idea of just being able to communicate the arts and spread the word and spread the hope and vitality of the arts using a medium like this.

Is there a place you might visit now, after hearing the talks?

Tijuana

What do you think might be missing?

Every story popped and was exciting so I didn’t feel I missed anything. I feel I got more than I expected from each little burst of storytelling.

Demarre McGill, 35, East Village

Niche:

Classical music, co-founder of Art of Élan

What idea is sticking with you?

The one thing that goes round and round in my mind is the fact that there’s even an event like this — that there is enough going on for an event like this to occur. And, that this community is really on the cusp of greatness artistically.

What had you never heard about before tonight?

Pretty much everything except the organization I’m a part of (Art of Élan).

Lew Klein, 63 and Marnie Klein, 59, Golden Hill

Niche:

Art and education, architecture

What idea is sticking with you?

Marnie: It was really wonderful how, politically, you think about all the stuff with the border. And I can’t wait to go to Tijuana and see the (MoMitA) exhibit.

Lew: I just like the barrage of ideas that I wanted to hear more about each little one. I had just enough and it was cut off too soon, which was just right—

Marnie: —Because, then we’ll go home and talk about it forever and start Googling and exploring and asking more questions.

What had you never heard about before tonight?

Lew: MoMitA.

Marnie: We didn’t know (about) that, and we’re going to go.

Terri Mitchell, 31, Hillcrest

Niche:

Graphic design

What idea is sticking with you?

Art of Élan. I had never heard of them and that was really kind of a revolutionary idea to me. I’m pretty familiar with the art and the architecture and that kind of scene, but the classical music is something I’m completely unfamiliar with.

What did you think was missing?

I think they were all really great. I just think maybe some more action-oriented things — follow-up events. Maybe sign-up sheets for each speaker — something where you can actually take action here while you’re inspired.

Photos and interviews by Will Parson, a local freelance photographer, visual journalist and blogger. You can contact him directly at willparson@gmail.com.

What idea is sticking with you? What’s on your mind? Leave a comment below, or on Twitter with the hashtag #mindsmeet, or on our Behind the Scene Facebook page.

Will Parson

Visual Journalist. Recently completed coursework toward a master's degree in photojournalism from Ohio University's School of Visual Communication.

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