Retro Muse provides stage for artistic expression
The LC Courtyard at SCC is the perfect place where students can share their own creative abilities with others.
Creative writing director at SCC, Sandra Desjardins, founded the Retro Muse in 1999 as a platform for her artistic students. It was formerly known as the Retro Muse Coffee House.
"For people who are in the arts, it is hard to find like-minded people to hang out with," Desjardins said.
Retro Muse is an open mic gathering of sorts with students performing anything from monologues to belting out their newest song.
Open to all, it caters to the artist in every SCC student.
It is an opportunity to create community and provide validation for up-and-coming artists.
For some, performing in front of an audience can bring about the type of anxiety where your palms get sweaty and words flee your thoughts.
"It's an opportunity to do something kind of scary and kind of risky to share your art and be accepted in a non-threatening environment," Desjardins said.
This kind of fear conquering and practice bring about growth. As Desjardins said, "Through the years students have blossomed."
Moreover, Retro Muse's relaxed environment allows for creative expansion. The always-evolving event is open to accommodating the needs of every artist and students are encouraged to suggest new ideas.
Desjardins is more than willing to work with her artists' needs.
"I'm not going to say no," Desjardins said, "I always like to be asked to have to work harder to get something organized."
So what if your art form can't be properly showcased outside, under the blue of the sky?
With a little tweaking such undertakings can be accommodated. For example, short films and visual arts could even be incorporated into Retro Muse by moving it indoors once a month.
Holidays also bring a different spin to Retro Muse. Halloween, for instance, is a fun time when students are encouraged to dress up and be silly.
For Christmas, students might even be inspired to get up and sing along to their favorite rendition of Jingle Bells.
If performing is not a specialty of a certain student, she can always be a spectator.
The atmosphere may just get creative juices flowing and thoughts off of the last math exam.
"It's a wonderful opportunity to get a little less stiff and rigid," Desjardins said.
It is free entertainment and students are welcome to the snacks provided. So whether or not you consider yourself an artist, an audience is always welcome. Join them every Thursday starting Sept. 26 from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. in the LC courtyard.
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