The Artist In Us is an interview series that started last year, inspired by the 2007 social experiment with the world-renowned violinist playing incognito in the Washington Metro to "thunderous silence" and indifference. According to the Washington Post, which wrote a Pulitzer Prize-winning article about this story, children were the only group of people who stopped and listened to Bell, while others just ignored him.
Usually, people pay hundreds of dollars to go see Joshua Bell play, and when he returned to the Metro in 2014, the station was packed and the audience gave him a standing ovation. This raises some interesting questions. Why is it that in 2007 only a few people stopped to listen, even though Bell played as beautifully as usual and for free? Are we naturally attracted to beautiful music? Can we recognize its beauty even when it is least expected or seems ordinary?
The Artist In Us Interviews ask these questions to various artists—amateurs, professionals, musicians, visual artists, storytellers and many others. We hope they help to generate discussions about the arts.
You can also find the interviews at theartistinus.com.