OpenGrounds hosted members of Charlottesville Community Church (CCC) for “Float”, an event for people to gather and share their artistic interests. The organizer of the event, CCC worship leader Joseph Holm, transformed the OpenGrounds Corner Studio into a space for aesthetic creation, where both college students and art-minded members of the community could come together.
“Our community has artistic and creative gifts that stay hidden,” said Holm. “As a creative, I long to see these gifts brought to light, both for me, and for the wider community. “Float” offers space for both creating and for sharing those creations.”
Second year Engineering student Brian Kegerreis began the evening with an original song performed on his mandolin. Throughout the night, people collaborated musically with guitars, keyboards, percussion, even an accordion; while others
passed around sketches, paintings, and poems.
“The church is my usual context for creating, and I feel that we so often settle for so little aesthetically,” Holm went on to say. “So at Float, we give artists a platform. We don’t have to settle, but instead celebrate the gifts we have. One of the things I find beautiful is that, when artists share, sometimes the distinction between ‘Christian’ art and ‘secular’ art disappear, allowing people from different contexts to share and create together.”
Member of CCC Amy Lykosh reflected this sentiment in her poem “God as a Jazz Musician,” one of the fourteen poems she shared during Float. “The whole group listens,” she read aloud, “and reacts to each new note. So they collaborate together, and create something new and beautiful.”
Float drew its name from a quote by G. K. Chesterton, who said that “Poetry is sane because it floats easily in an infinite sea.” At the heart of Float is hope that people can begin to take themselves less seriously, and allow others to enjoy their creations. At Float, people can take a break from the busyness of Charlottesville, and breathe a little more sanity and rest into perfection driven lives.