Another 100 Colorado Creatives: Laleh Mehran
|"W3FI," Laleh Mehran and Chris Coleman, interactive installation, ongoing.|
A mystery patron offers you unlimited funds for life. What will you do with it?
With such an offer, I feel I must think big. I would like to collaborate with a group of interdisciplinary makers and thinkers to set up an institute for creativity that is free to the public. These institutes would foster areas such as visual and sonic arts, create writing, and theatre. There would be workshop-style classes, facilities for collaborative production and thinking, and spaces for exhibition and experimentation. The creative's employed would earn a professional wage. There would be an institute in every city that would want one -- on an international scale.
W3FI," Laleh Mehran and Chris Coleman, interactive installation, ongoing.
What's the one thing Denver (or Colorado) could do to help the arts?
I believe support for large, interdisciplinary, temporary public art projects that engage and activate the various cultural and socioeconomic communities would bring positive attention to some of the best aspects of Denver/Colorado. Highly visible artworks have the potential to help artists, cultural organizations, the communities involved and the city at large.
Who is your favorite Colorado Creative?
I would say Chris Coleman, who is my partner and collaborator, however thinking more broadly I would say that I'm impressed with the Untitled Art Show hosts Erik Isaac and Michael Keen. They have a unique way of asking hard questions while still making you feel so comfortable that you readily share all sort of details. They are authentic and enthusiastic with every guest and their years of contribution to the community have been impactful.
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