T- STOP MEAL – MEALS AND THOUGHT IN MOTION: PUBLIC CURATION, PUBLIC ENGAGEMENT, AND PUBLIC PRESERVATION
Public community spaces along The Fairmount Cultural Corridor partook several types of experiential conversations that brought residents and neighborhood treasures together around transportation and food using arts and activism. All activities included a meal and were free and open to the public.
Moveable Feasts: Celebrating Meals, Migration and Movement.
A metamorphosis of an ordinary bus stop transpired into an engaging place permeating with programming around recording one’s relationship with food and “the journey” as it relates to public transit and the neighborhood. Public Relations firms use bus stops as an advertising tool to sell goods and services; in contrast, an activation of the space to nimbly link the neighborhood’s cultural institutions with the residents love of food will occur.
The Public; Works! Lessons in Epicurean Empowerment and Mobility.
As part of the inaugural HUBweek’s interactive community feast organized by Commonwealth Kitchen and the Fresh Truck, Transit Hubs are busy intersections where train lines, bus lines, cars, taxis, pedestrians and bicycles often come together. Food Hubs are the ecosystem of culinary innovators that convene to re-imagine a strong regional food economy. Participants engaged in experimental exercises to menu plan based on cultural relevance and enhance their daily commutes through visual mapping. A spice bar sponsored by Tropical Foods allowed participants to jazz up their food at home with all the wellness info they learned. Participants got to make and enjoy a locally sourced meal as well.
Harvest Picnic & Harvest Mandala
With Fall upon them, guests celebrated the bounty of the harvest and all that they had “grown” that year with a harvest picnic, mandala making workshop, and cooking demos around preserving the bounty of seasons, a Recipe Relay, and self guided tours of the Fairmount Cultural Corridor Food Oasis Map which highlights culinary blessings in the area like where to eat, public orchards, community gardens, markets, and farms.