This weekend I went to an art/activist/environmental event called F.E.A.S.T. (Funding Emerging Artists with Sustainable Tactics) at VisArts in Rockville! Basically, attendees engage in a discussion with artists seeking a grant for their sustainability projects, while feasting over a delicious dinner of locally-sourced, organic food. Attendees then vote for which project should get the funding. There were so many cool projects — I really was torn between two in particular, Patterson Clark’s ingenuos work with recycling and use of invasive plants and Valeska Populoh’s heartfully conceived textile recycling project. Patterson Clark ended up winning! And I really want to help him out in his project which involves several steps including collecting the invasive plants on Earth Day. He’s an experienced papermaker and block printer and I’d really want to help out in his studio where he will print on paper made from the invasive plants with ink made from the invasive plants to create a print to sell at the Croydon Creek Nature Center, whose proceeds would literally pay for all the labor! Recycling in SO MANY WAYS — totally awesome. I love the idea that every lifeform has it use even the often demonized invasive plants. The chef for this dinner was Andre Cavallaro of Sub*urban Trading Company and it was delicious!
Last Spring I heard about a similar event called STEW Baltimore a collaboration between Sondheim winners, the artists of the Baltimore Development Cooperative and Red Emmas cafe. Both events were inspired by F.E.A.S.T. Brooklyn and I am so happy I was finally able to attend an event like this. Will definitely go to future ones.