San Diegans from all over the county gathered Wednesday night on the 7 Lemon level of the Westfield Horton Plaza parking garage. As the sun set over downtown, we turned our attention to stimulating presentations and conversations about what’s happening in the local arts scene.

The rooftop buzzed afterward with new ideas and things we’re planning to check out. Here’s a cross-section of what your friends and neighbors were thinking about. And tell us below: What’s sticking with you?

Tina Clark, Bankers Hill

What idea is sticking with you?

Definitely just getting out more into San Diego and checking out a lot of the art centers that are out there.

Which of these might you go see?

Well, a few of them that I hadn’t know about before was getting to know about the Writerz Blok, getting to know about the Helmuth Projects, and then, just learning a little bit more about Jory Herman and what he’s doing in Chula Vista with the orchestra.

Chelsea Klaseus, Sherman Heights

What idea is sticking with you?

I didn’t realize how many jobs and careers we have in the arts. Jory was mentioning how many people are involved in that sector. I didn’t really think about San Diego before like that. You don’t think of San Diego as a place where so many people aren’t just doing it but are making money doing it. It made me happy to be in San Diego.

Max Trzcinski, Downtown

What idea is sticking with you?

All these graphs of Robert Irwin’s creative process are pretty interesting. To see one side was pure inquiry, the other side was pure production. So moving from thinking to doing, that stuck with me the most.

Did you know a lot about Robert Irwin before this?

No, this is my first introduction to him, but I plan on doing some research on him and trying to check out his stuff.

Frank Gormlie, Lemon Grove

What idea is sticking with you?

All the different things that were promoted tonight were completely different. There was no common thread except we were here. And that was great, you get a view of this, a view of this — there’s no tie-in, but you don’t need a tie-in, because it’s all part of our environment. I was really stoked, man.

Andy Cohen, North Park

What idea is sticking with you?

I thought this was great. There are all kinds of different aspects of the arts and culture scene in San Diego that — I’ve lived in San Diego for 24 years now — half the stuff I’ve never even known about. So it’s definitely an educational experience. It opens my eyes to different things that are going on here.

Jason Fleischer, Hillcrest

What idea is sticking with you?

I think the idea that stuck with me the most is the good work that was shown with the various different theatres. (Javier Velasco) was very enthusiastic when he was kind of taking you on a little trip through the contributions of women to theatre. I think the thing that stuck with me is his enthusiasm for all these projects. I like the way he was kind of self-deprecating about, you know, what does he know about all of this, being a guy. I thought that was a nice way to plug something that obviously he didn’t have a real hand in. I thought it was good to be showing off for other people.

Dinah Poellnitz, North County

What idea is sticking with you?

The symphony — I’m curious about that. I have a six-year-old so I’m always looking for any type of music that’s not sugar or poppy or something that he could have more of an experience with. That way I’m not teaching art in a baby form.

Noelle Jouglet, Golden Hill

What idea is sticking with you?

I was so impressed with the Chula Vista music project — the Opus Project. There are people who are so talented at what they’re doing here in the community and I was so inspired by (Jory) reaching out into the community and giving back to what’s contributed to his life and his success as a person. Plus his success and the proven benefits in the community — ahh, I love that.

Tell us below: What’s sticking with you?

Meanwhile, here are some more photographs from the night:

Want to know more? Did you miss our event last night? We’ll have videos and links to check out in the coming days. Stay tuned.

Sam Hodgson is a freelance photojournalist and contributor to Voice of San Diego. You can contact him at and check out his work on his website.

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Sam Hodgson is a freelance photojournalist and contributor to Voice of San Diego. You can contact him at and check out his work...

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