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Awakening: Our First Ever

We are still in awe of our first ever Awakening. 1000+ attendees braved the heat and humidity to enjoy 17 different installations, interactive pieces and performances from a group of 33 artists.

There were boats and birdcages. A staircase of keys to your creativity. Hanging teacups, neon zebras, mad libs, yarnbombing and more. Artists asked: Where are you going? Where have you been? What is beauty?

Were you brave enough to eat the cake? Did you catch John Duckworth’s meditative video, or Martha Brim’s Kayne-inspired dance?

If you were unable to attend Awakening or just want to relive your experience, head over to the Enough Pie Facebook page for more photos.

Awakening was about far more than breathing life into a vacant building. Awakening was more than just an event. Awakening shouldn’t just be quantified by the number of participating artists, installations, performances, volunteers or attendees. Beyond the bricks and mortar framework of 1600 Meeting is a community of artists, small businesses and citizen placemakers that are already awake and ready to go. We at Enough Pie have been inspired by the transformative power of the arts to unite, collaborate and build community – together.

So keep an eye on us. Over the coming weeks we will be sharing the results from a few of the interactive pieces and getting to work on an amazing year.

We’re awake and ready to go. Will you join us?

Thank you to our participating artists and their volunteers, who worked tirelessly to install and perfect the pieces and performances presented at Awakening: the Enough Pie team is lucky to have gotten to know you, and we look forward to future collaborations. You have inspired us tremendously.

Thank you to Lindsay Nevin and the Flyway team for letting us into 1600 Meeting a little early to pull off this event: we cannot thank you enough.

Thank you to all of our sponsors, who helped foster a unique experience for attendees and participants alike: we couldn’t have done it without you.

Thank you to our volunteers who kept the event running smoothly from the moment doors opened until long after they closed.

Thank you to our attendees for joining us to usher in an era of arts-driven community collaboration for the upper peninsula. We enjoyed meeting you, learning your stories and building what we anticipate to be collaborative relationships going forward.

For more photos, please visit Enough Pie on Facebook. Lead image by Elizabeth Jones for Art Mag. Mural by Patch Whisky.

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