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.
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
Enough Pie is hosting a wide call for local and regional artists, including graffiti artists and muralists to paint 34 columns on the maintenance road under I-26 (running from Cypress Street to Romney Street in the Upper Peninsula).
The WEAVE THE PEOPLE UNDERPASS MURALS 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.
INDIGO VAT SHACK
Back by popular demand, Enough Pie’s Indigo VAT SHACK will offer community dye days from the back parking of Redux Contemporary Art Center starting Saturday, September 14th. This off-the-grid, mobile arts unit will provide the Upper Peninsula with a new space for community engagement, outdoor learning, and textile art exploration. Attendees will learn the art, science, history, and culture of indigo through a hands-on learning experience in natural dyeing. Perfect for all ages!
WEAVE THE PEOPLE UNDERPASS MURAL PROJECT
A creative mural corridor (the first of its kind in Charleston) will extend down a main artery of Charleston to weave the segmented east and west sides of our community together with vibrant, colorful, community-led murals. EP and ChART Outdoor Initiative will collaborate on 34 murals along a popular walk/bike path underneath ½ mile of the I-26 underpass (adjacent to the forthcoming Lowline). Working alongside local artists & community members, an open CALL FOR ARTISTS is happening now for mural installations in Spring, 2020. The murals will be 12 feet tall on circular columns and run concurrently between Romney & Cypress streets, creating a linear creative experience that weaves vibrancy and love into a well-traveled neighborhood pathway.
TALES FROM THE MANOR
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 handicapped, 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.
This community project, inspired by an elder from the Joseph Floyd Manor, is advocating for the reconstruction of 3 former basketball courts beneath the underpass. This location allows Upper Peninsula residents to gather for casual & impromptu ‘pick-up games’ and is protected from harsh sunlight. Join community members as we advocate to bring these courts back to life.
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.
*More projects coming soon!
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.