A dirt lot at the intersection of 15th and F streets downtown buzzed last night as a few hundred VOSD members gathered to learn more about San Diego’s cultural identity at our sixth “Meeting of the Minds.”
The space has been dubbed “SILO at Makers Quarter.” I thought the silo provided a nice image for what the night was about – a chance to break down some walls and routines between local niches and neighborhoods.
Here are some highlights from our six speakers, who displayed 20 slides for 20 seconds each as they whirled us through topics from mutant punk to craft beer to art healing a neighborhood.
Mike Rosenberg, La Jolla Playhouse’s managing director, was first up. He tied the eclecticism, multiculturalism and technology that Robert Brill uses to design theater sets to Brill’s experiences growing up as an artist in San Diego.
Brill, a UC San Diego theater grad, co-founded the edgy local company Sledgehammer Theatre. “Anything that was the norm, anything that was expected or status quo, they worked against those ideas,” Rosenberg said.