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.
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: Mon, Dec 17 2018) for installation in Spring, 2019. Each selected artist will receive a stipend and material support.
BREAKING BREAD TOGETHER
Weekly Soup & Storytelling (Ended December, 2018) served up vegetarian, locally-based soup from The Stone Soup Collective at the Butterfly Book Nook community garden (First African, 1020 King St. Over the course of 9 events, community members discovered new storytelling methods with local storytellers, and a community meal where conversation included attendees’ own stories and open discussions on how to craft stories. Some of the storytellers included Julian Gooding of John L. Dart Library, a specialist in West African tales and instruments, Becky Becker, a puppeteer, Zachary Hyde, a Medieval Literature specialist, and eight of the poets from the Free Verse Poetry Festival.
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. The first Transformation Table is Saturday, January 26. If you would like to be a guest at this meal, please email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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 featured poetry from local poets with nourishment as their theme showcasing on windows of local restaurants including Santi’s, The Harbinger, Great Wall Hibachi, Haegur Plant Shop, REDUX Contemporary Art Center, Sugar Bakery, and Mercantile & Mash. Poets & artists included Vera Gomez, Susan Gregory, Rachel Stubbs, Beth Martin, Alex Binaco, April Bandy-Taylor, Marjory Wentworth, and Asiah Mae. Installations included different languages representing the residents of the Upper Peninsula, Arabic, Spanish, Spanglish, Mandarin, & English.
MEDITATIONAL MYCELIUM PLANETARIUM (WORKING TITLE – March 13 – 23 2019)
Led by DC-based artist Naoko Wowsugi, the community will create a mushroom-themed meditational planetarium at REDUX Contemporary Art Center for AWAKENING: NOURISH. Artists Mikki Blackmon & Deborah Donovan Rice will create the planetarium ceiling with their incredible textiles, while Ms. Wowsugi will create a video installation to project bringing to life the incredible secret superpowers of fungi. Collaborations with school students from James Simmons Elementary and Meeting Street Academy to fabricate mushrooms, and partnership with local experts will inform the installation. Connections with “invisible” threads for communicating across the space, and an unami-themed tasting will be part of this fun and festive installation. Programming throughout this 10 day show is being scheduled. If you want to collaborate, please let us know! Special thanks to Todd St. Onge and Technical Event Company for support of this installation.
NOURISH-INSPIRED MURALS on public roadways to inspire the community through nutritious, colorful large scale artworks. The first mural collaboration, Delicioso! was painted on the wall of Santi’s in December, 2018 by Upper Peninsula Artist David Boatwright with support from painter Michael Kuffel.
PUPPETS & PARKING LOTS (Spring, 2019) – a puppet collaboration with the Street Creatures (Asheville, NC) will come to Sanders-Clyde in partnership with the Charleston Promise Neighborhood and culminate in a giant dragon puppet created from plastic grocery bags. This puppet will be used to create unique moments of transformation, connection and magic, while highlighting alternative uses for plastic bags, recently banned by Charleston’s City Council.
MEET OUR STEERING COMMITTEE
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, Tina Singleton of Transformation Table, and Erin Snow of Meeting Street Academy