The first interview of this new feature is with Randy Bell co-founder of local open mic group – Creativa.
Randy is a local poet who organizes and performs poetry at Creativa.
I emailed some questions to him about Creativa and his role within that group.
- What is Creativa?
I envision Creativa as a community built around art; relationships forged and nourished because of mutual passion for creating. In these, we find artist from all genres (poetry, comedy, music, visual arts, dance, theatre, etc..) as well as those who simply enjoy the fine arts.
Creativa is a free and empowering experience. By offering a no-charge, safe, venue for sharing one’s creativity, we assist artists in finding and offering their talents. We invite everyone to be a part of this experience, so our community promotes an intimate exchange between the artist and the observer.
We have been fortunate to have had artists from all walks, both amateur as well as seasoned professional alike.
- How and When did Creativa Start?
Creativa started four years ago. It began as a wild spin-off of aUCCChurchplant called Nexus.
A motley crew of us decided that Art might bring people together better than religion. At first we simple called our event “Free Slam” and latter coined the name Creativa: A Convergence Of Creative Visions to more fully encompass the wide range of arts that we would be hosting, rather than simply poetry, or music. It also stressed one of our missions, which is to promote collaborative efforts between our artists.
- What is your role in Creativa?
My role in Creativa: Emcee, Organizer, Promotions, Consumer of anything that you bake! (I bring in baked goods to the monthly open mic events)
- Where is Creativa?
Initially, we met at Tanze dance studio but, in September, 2011 moved into our current home of Studio B 224 at Cincinnati Mall.
- Why the name Creativa?
Why the name?
Our name captures the idea of artists coming together, developing/nourishing relationships around art, in community. and in doing so, actually, intentionally making art happen. this is our vision.