For the Community, By the Community

AWAKENING 8: Weave The People is anticipated to build stronger social connections between neighborhoods in the Upper Peninsula, through a yearlong series of creative community interventions. By championing projects and civic engagement opportunities that focus on rebuilding and repairing community bonds that have been broken by major roadways and rapid development, Weave The People shines light on the darkness & dangers of social fragmentation. This Awakening 8 series kicks off in September 2019 with the highly anticipated return of the Community Indigo Vat Shack on Saturday, September 14th.

Meet the AWAKENING 8 Steering Committee:

K’Lani Green – Charleston County Public Library | Radia Heyward – Charleston Promise Neighborhood | Farrah Hoffmire – HEART | Julie Hussey – Civic Communications | Shane Lasby – Brooks Signs | Jae Smith – Charleston County Housing  & Redevelopment Authority | Ali Titus – American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) | Meg Thompson – City of Charleston Neighborhood Services

AWAKENING 8: WEAVE THE PEOPLE was inspired by a David Brooks column in The New York Times, “A Nation of Weavers,” sharing that our current cultural pain is due to “our lack of healthy connection to each other, our inability to see the full dignity of each other, and the resulting culture of fear, distrust, tribalism, shaming and strife.”

WEAVE: The Social Fabric Project (Aspen Institute) was created to identify individuals and groups nationwide who are healing social isolation and fragmentation, called Weavers who share an ethos that “puts relationship over self.”

Calling All Community Weavers

Weavers are individuals and community leaders who shift our culture from hyper-individualism to relationalism – putting relationships at the center of our communities. They are people who selflessly engage in opportunities to foster dynamic relationships amongst neighbors. They speak positively and insightfully about the strengths of our combined cultures, encouraging social interdependence and respect.

Please help us identify community weavers so Enough Pie can help them support and realize their vision to make more connected, woven communities! Nominees for Community Weavers should exemplify selfless actions to end loneliness and isolation, and take proactive measures to weave inclusive communities — a weaver who has a project they would like to create in the Upper Peninsula is encouraged. Self nominations are welcome!

Call For Artists

APPLICATIONS DUE MONDAY, DECEMBER 2nd

Enough Pie is hosting a wide call for local and regional artists, including graffiti artists and muralists to paint, THE PEOPLE’S PARK, 34 columns on the maintenance road under I-26 (running from Cypress Street to Romney Street in the Upper Peninsula).

The THE PEOPLE’S PARK will serve as a symbolic reunion of the east & west side communities of Charleston, physically separated by these concrete pillars. This visual display will illuminate the importance of social cohesion and help weave a deeper sense of togetherness as artists lead community members in creatively illuminating this corridor. All artists & community members will receive stipends for this project. 

PUBLIC ART PROJECTS

CREATING A VIBRANT PLACE: AWAKENING VIVIAN ANDERSON MOULTRIE PARK (SPRING 2020)

Enough Pie, along with 30+ artists and 200+ community members, will bring to life 40+ columns beneath the underpass with vibrant art based on the theme WEAVE THE PEOPLE. Columns will be adopted and painted by neighbors, neighborhood groups, non-profits, churches, and other stakeholders in the area around the park.  In partnership with the Parks Department, the space will receive a new basketball court with vibrant artwork and brand new children’s equipment. A living wall created out of bamboo will be planted to increase breathable oxygen in the park and assist with shade and sound remediation. Moveable tables and chairs, and other recreation and gathering elements will be incorporated, budget permitting. Partners include the City of Charleston, SCDOT (permissions for artwork already granted), Keep Charleston Beautiful, North Central Neighborhood Association, Burke High Basketball Team and many more. 

TALES FROM THE MANOR: NOW A PUBLISHED BOOK! RELEASING FEBRUARY 27th

Season one of Enough Pie’s Tales fromThe Manor radio show is being adapted into a book, releasing February 27th, 2020. The show features interviews with residents of the Joseph Floyd Manor, a 12-story home for low-income elderly and disabled citizens run by Charleston County Housing & Redevelopment Authority. Each episode features a resident who shares their life story, including their history of Charleston and the challenges and triumphs of the Upper Peninsula then and now.

“What I come away from these rich narratives feeling is a sense of being ‘reconnected’ to memories of a past that I did not remember. For that I am grateful. I commend the residents and staff at Joseph Floyd Manor for reminding us about who we are and how our city lives in their memory.”

Dr. Ade Ofunniyin, The Gullah Society

The power to write history lies in the stories of the privileged.  Tales from the Manor spotlights the generational wisdom of mainly African American elders rarely included in history books. What began as a weekly podcast on 96.3 OHM Radio in Charleston to explore the lives of residents often pushed to the side of society, Tales from the Manor has become an important conversation about building communities, neighborhoods, and economies that serve the needs of all.

This collection of interviews from Season One, envisioned by local non-profit Enough Pie, provides an alternative history to the city and our society at large.  “I don’t work well with stereotypes,” says Carolyn Jones, guest of the first episode.  “I deal with people from all different walks of life in my building.”  Prepare to be forever changed.

Want to know more about Tales from the Manor?  All past episodes are available on iTunes, Spotify and SoundCloud – search Tales from the Manor. Books will be available for purchase online or at the Enough Pie offices starting on February 27th.

Past episodes can be found on iTunes Podcasts or Enough Pie’s Soundcloud (https://soundcloud.com/enoughpie) page after they air on the radio.

TALES FROM THE MANOR: SEASON TWO

Join us for Season Two of this popular radio program on 96.3FM, where residents of the Joseph Floyd Manor, Charleston Housing Authority’s home for the elderly and differently abled, speak about their lives, the history of Charleston and the challenges and triumphs of the Upper Peninsula then and now. It is an opportunity for listeners and readers alike to step into the lives of often unknown elders in our community. Many lessons are imparted, many heartbreaks are witnessed, but the common thread is the resilience of the human spirit and how we can all learn, love and heal if our hearts are open. A book for Season One will be published this year as part of WEAVE THE PEOPLE.

INDIGO VAT SHACK (SEPTEMBER – NOVEMBER 2019)

Back by popular demand, Enough Pie’s Indigo VAT SHACK offered community dye days from the back parking of Redux Contemporary Art Center starting Saturday, September 14th. This off-the-grid, mobile arts unit provided the Upper Peninsula with a new space for community engagement, outdoor learning, and textile art exploration. Attendees learned the art, science, history, and culture of indigo through a hands-on learning experience in natural dyeing. Perfect for all ages!

HEART @ DART – FREE VERSE POETRY FESTIVAL

Celebrate poetry at the John L. Dart Library with HEART & Free Verse! Join EP on October 15th from 6-7:30pm pm as poets and patrons write poetry on typewriters. An open mic event featuring HEART, an arts community for adults with special needs, will be from 6-7:30pm. HEART artists will read from their debut pocket poetry zine, printed by Enough Pie and written with Charleston Poet Laureate Marcus Amaker. The open mic is for all ages, and all are welcomed to participate. Amaker will be present at the library from 2-4pm writing poetry on typewriters.

BOWLS & BINGO – BUTTERFLY BOOK NOOK, 1020 King Street

SATURDAYS from 12:30pm – 1:30pm

Every Saturday starting October 5, Enough Pie & friends are gathering in the beautiful Butterfly Book Nook (1020 King Street, First African Child Development Center) to enjoy fun rounds of bingo over a delicious bowl of soup. The fall season is a perfect time to get out and enjoy our shared spaces, especially when food & prizes are involved! These community gathering days are co-hosted by Brenda Stokes, formerly of St. Julian Devine Community Center, Stone Soup Collective, North Central Apartments, and upper peninsula business prize sponsors.

*More projects coming soon!

THANK YOU TO OUR SPONSORS

Weave The People is EP’s creative approach to address social fragmentation throughout the Upper Peninsula. Our goal is to provide creative ways to increase community trust and engagement through cooperative acts that are rooted in respect, dignity, and social integrity.

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