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COLLABORATIVE CREATION DJ David Curran plays an energetic mix of contemporary electro, old school Detroit techno, Italo disco and more. Photos by Arielle Scherr and Tyler Whitson RINGLING UNDERGROUND EMPHASIZES MUSEUM'S CONNECTION WITH COMMUNITY MEMBERS By Tyler Whitson Contributing Writer For college students and young profession- als in the Sarasota area who are in the early stages of their careers and not yet likely ac- customed to the "good life," the Ringling Mu- seum's enormous, flawless grounds and im- maculate facade can appear a bit intimidating — even daunting. That is how New College art history student Margaret Vincent felt about the museum a cou- ple of months ago. "It seemed very standoff- ish, because it's big and imposing and adult," she said in an interview with The Sarasota News Leader. Her perceptions changed dramatically, though, when she began attending the museum's re- cently developed "Ringling Underground" se- ries, which is free to college students in the area and was created to give budding artists an opportunity to get involved with the muse- um by contributing their own visual and per- formance art to its showcases. "It's nice to know that they're welcoming to college students," Vincent went on to explain. "I think it definitely helps people our age get more comfortable with coming here and being involved in the museum."

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