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Anson Parker

A Humans of OpenGrounds Feature by Thrisha Potluri

Whether it’s a short-lived stint running for City Council, managing a furniture and carpentry venture, or building websites for the University’s libraries, Anson Parker is a regular fixture in the Charlottesville community.  A jack-of-all-trades, Parker is also a frequenter of OpenGrounds. Perhaps you’ve seen him around or his creations — the podium made out of a tree stump or the disconcerting coffee mug tree constructed from discarded railway nails and spikes.

OpenGrounds Holds IDEAmixer event

[]On Thursday, January 22, OpenGrounds held its first IDEAmixer, an eventful evening comprising of short presentations of projects, research, art, and business ideas from across the Grounds. The series of one-minute pitch-style presentations was followed by a social hour over refreshments and music. Curated by UVA's unpredictable David Touve, the evening personified OpenGrounds' very mission by bringing people from varying and unrelated backgrounds to discuss interesting, remarkable ideas.

Join the Discussion at our Open Table

Open Table discussions at the OpenGrounds Corner Studio provide space for University professors, Charlottesville professionals, and visiting speakers to share their expertise and dialogue with the Charlottesville community. These conversations typically last about 1-2 hours, and stimulate interdisciplinary conversation beyond the university classroom. We have had several in the past weeks, including discussions Food Aid policy in American government, and Art, Contemplation and Wellness.

Science in the Lives of Students: A Particle Physicist's Endeavor

Ajinkya Kamat is a Ph.D. candidate at U.Va. specializing in Particle Physics who has just joined the OpenGrounds Science Straight Up project, a new initiative that OpenGrounds has adopted aiming to promote informal conversation and dialogue about exciting scientific ideas in Charlottesville. Kamat will be speaking at the OpenGrounds studio Nov.

A Newcomer's View of OpenGrounds

OpenGrounds is an initiative across the University of Virginia looking to foster new, disruptive, creative, inter-disciplinary, bold, fun, intellectual, and engaging ideas. We occupy a studio on The Corner next to the Women’s Center. Thanks for coming to the blog to discover a little more of what we are all about.

"Float" and Charlottesville Community Church

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.