Strawberry Festival Installation
1. Describe the project a STAKE Grant would help you accomplish (100 words):
A series of events celebrating and raising awareness of the community gardens in the Strawberry Mansion neighborhood. I will facilitate three multi-generational garden-based workshops with and for the community surrounding the gardens in Strawberry Mansion. Topics will include plant-based immersion dye techniques, quilting pieces from previous community works, and making seed-bombs. Artwork created and ideas generated at these workshops will become part of a large-scale sculptural installation for EPRA's Strawberry Festival; a community harvest celebration that brings together community members, supporters, volunteers, and citywide friends.
2. How will you use the grant toward the realization of your project? $800 is your imaginary budget (50 words):
I'll spend $300.00 on materials for the workshops, including: hot plates, dye pots, fabric, mordant, and dried clay. An additional $50.00 will cover printing costs for flyers announcing all events. The remaining $450.00 will cover honorariums for myself and other artists conducting the workshops at $75.00 per artist per workshop.
3. A little about yourself and what led you to your current creative goals. This may include a previous project of yours, ways it both succeeded and failed (this can be entirely unrelated to your proposal) (100 words):
In 2012, I became a working shareholder at my CSA. The fearless women farmers' commitment to sustainable farming and feeding their community inspired me. We talked in the field about my costume designs and I decided to find a way for my art to celebrate and support urban farming. Before I knew it, my artistic focus shifted away from costuming, towards garden-centered installations. Nina, my CSA manager, introduced me to Nicole at The East Park Revitalization Alliance (EPRA) which led to beginning a series of garden based installation projects with the community surrounding the gardens EPRA is planting in Strawberry Mansion.
4. Why is this project important? How will it benefit the community? (100 words):
This project invites people into every phase of the creative process. It encourages participation in teaching and learning about urban gardening and environmental issues; Learning arts/crafts and helping to design and construct a large-scale installation. The broader goal is to raise awareness in the public about the urban food gardens already growing in the Strawberry Mansion Neighborhood. To celebrate their value as sustainable 21st century food and educational resources in this economically disadvantaged neighborhood and to gain broad support for their expansion.