Bread, Cheddar, Dough
2020. Reclaimed dinner tablecloths sourced from family and friends, public donations, estates sales and thrifted are assembled together to formulate large art quilts. The quilts feature in various public engagement contexts that preserve and promote all the humanistic values associated with these nostalgic objects, with particular reference to the power of a space of rest, safety, nurturing and togetherness.
The TOGETHER Tablecloth Quilts series (Summer Tour Site 1)
2020. The inaugural public engagement summer tour series of the TOGETHER Tablecloth Quilts kicked off during the Black Lives Matter Juneteenth Celebration Rally. In the spirit of the original use of the object, it was spread out and offered as a safe and comfortable space for attendees to rest together, fellowship together, and prepare minds to receive uplifting messages of unity, equity and hope from inspired guest speakers. At the conclusion, participants together, perform the task of neatly folding the tablecloth in unison and in unity.
Recipe Storytelling at Lawndale Community Center, Chicago, IL
2016. Collaboration with Black and LatinX Seniors at the Lawndale Christian Community Center located on the west side of Chicago, shares colorful stories of the past, present and future through the lens of their personal recipe specialties. Their recipe texts were compiled into a recipe cookbooklet with some of the recipes actually prepared and shared amongst participants. There was lots of laughter, tears, and suprising cultural revelations along the way. The recipes proved to be a map of cultural history.
Object Storytelling: Appropriating the AIC Museum
2019. A group of high school student writers from Baker College-Prep High School, located on Chicago's south side were tasked to appropriate a museum's food-based art works from which to assign their own speculative narrative. The results were a journey of personal revelations, insight, and catharsis.
Youth Summer Fashion Camp
2017-2019. Youth participants ages 10-13 directed in creative and technical fashion collection designs based on food-themed references, inspired by First Lady Michelle Obama's healthy eating for children initiative. Each respective camp ended with a runway show in the school's formal ballroom.
Mission to Mars Museum
2021. As an Auxiliary Board member of the Chicago Council on Science & Technology, this program was developed to excite the interest in STEAM programming of middle school children at the Carole Robertson Community Center for Learning located on Chicago's west side. In addition to various science-based art projects that they created, the children self-curated both made and mined objects to be included in the first speculative cross-planetary object storytelling museum on Mars.
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