NOURISH Ourselves & Our Community

Nour·ish: (verb) – to provide with the food or other substances necessary for growth, health, and good condition.

Each year, Enough Pie hosts an AWAKENING to shine a creative light on a key issue in the Upper Peninsula (and beyond). This year’s AWAKENING theme is NOURISH, with neighborhood and community projects to be implemented from October 1, 2018 – June 1, 2019

AWAKENING: NOURISH will showcase creative ways to nurture ourselves and our community through food, stories and artistic expression in the Upper Peninsula neighborhoods of Rosemount, Bridgeview, North Central, Eastside and East Central as well as business corridors on Meeting, Morrison and King Streets. The purpose of AWAKENING: NOURISH is to connect and empower community based on creative and joyful access to nurturing food, stories, and art.


Weekly Soup & Storytelling (Autumn, 2018 on Tuesdays from 5:30-7pm) – serving up vegetarian, locally-based soup from The Stone Soup Collective at the Butterfly Book Nook community garden (First African, 1020 King St), storytelling with local storytellers, and a community meal where conversation include attendees’ own stories.

Transformation Table (January – March, 2019) – a partnership for a small group of diverse people to eat food from another culture in a stranger’s home in the Upper Peninsula to come together to break bread and recognize their shared interests.

Our Family’s Favorite Dish @ Central Mosque of Charleston (February 2019) – “And whoever enters is safe” reads the top of the Central Mosque website and “All Are Welcome” is the mantra of Enough Pie. Taste the important cultural diversity in Charleston via a vital cultural hub, the Central Mosque of Charleston. The Central Mosque of Charleston has members from over 35 countries who will share their family’s favorite dish with us to celebrate the unifying force of flavor.


WORDS ON WINDOWS (October, 2018) – a collaboration with Charleston’s Free Verse Poetry Festival to featuring poetry from local poets with nourishment as their theme showcased on windows of local restaurants like Santi’s, Harbinger, and Great Wall Hibachi, among others.

THE MYCELIUM CONNECTION (WORKING TITLE – March 2019) – DC-based artist Naoko Wowsuki will create a mushroom-themed exhibition at Redux Center for Contemporary Art for AWAKENING: NOURISH. Collaborations with school students to fabricate the mushroom fairy ring, connections with “invisible” threads for communicating across the space, and an unami-themed tasting will be part of this fun and festive installation.

GET CREATIVE: CALL FOR COLLABORATORS FOR PUBLIC INSTALLATIONS at designated locations and with a focus on NOURISHMENT. Projects may include greenhouse, food murals, community food trays and other public installations. CLICK HERE to read the full call for collaborators (deadline: Wed, Dec 19 2018) for installation in Spring, 2019. Each selected artist will receive a stipend and material support.

NOURISH-INSPIRED MURALS on public roadways to inspire the community through nutritious, colorful large scale artworks.

PUPPETS & PARKING LOTS (Spring, 2019) – a puppet collaboration that will culminate in a giant puppet created from plastic grocery bags to create unique and magic moments of transformation and connection, while highlighting alter


Each AWAKENING has a steering committee who ensure the project spans teachers, artists, restaurateurs, residents, non-profits and businesses. AWAKENING: NOURISH is proud to be supported by our 2018 steering committee: Jesse Blom of The Green Heart Project, Jessica Diaz of GrowFood Carolina, Cara Ernst of James Simmons Elementary School, Renee Orth of The Stone Soup Collective, Robin Hargett of The Urban Land Institute, Radia Heyward of Charleston Promise Neighborhood, Jenny Horne of Stantec, Cara Leepson of REDUX Contemporary Art Center, Tina Singleton of Transformation Table, and Erin Snow of Meeting Street Academy


We need your help! Please support this project by donating online HERE . If you are a business that would like to support the project or an installation, please email Cathryn Davis at to receive information.

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