04. The Spark
Funding Ideas Over Dinner
After helping people imagine ideas and solutions, FoodSpark completed its Arts and Culture series with The Spark, a dinner party that celebrated the ideas generated on each topic and crowdfunded a microgrant to support one. After 12 ideas were pitched, attendees voted to provide the funding to Transfuturism by Amber Johnson and Wriply Bennet. Other pitched ideas included:
03. Idea Studio
A FoodSpark brainstorming session with Venture Cafe
During this January 11 happy hour session at Venture Cafe, community members will re-visit ideas generated from the FoodSpark Gathering and FoodSpark X dinners to imagine more ways of increasing the value of arts, culture, and creativity in St. Louis. Learn more.
Develop of shared use creative space that offered a co-making environment for young artists.
Cultivate more young people to become art collectors, patrons, and investors through a "collector collective."
Work with artists, residents, and developers in a neighborhood to transform more vacant houses into different types of Art Houses for community members to engage.
Develop a pitch competition, but for artists who seek funding for their ideas, art works, and projects.
Partner youth and artist mentors with business and building owners to develop more culturally relevant works of art in neighborhoods affected by vacancy.
Similar to a library of books, the lending library for art supplies would increase access to materials and equipment by allowing members to check out, use, and contribute to it.
02. FoodSpark X
Extended Dinner Conversations, Hosted by Our Community
FoodSpark X are city-wide food gatherings that extend topics and convos through community members' self-hosted dinner parties. For this series, community members have hosted 3 FoodSpark X gatherings across the city of St. Louis. View photos from the gatherings.
01. The Gathering
Our FoodSpark Community Potluck and Arts & Culture Kickoff
In conjunction with its current exhibition, Evocation, the Regional Arts Commission of St. Louis (RAC) presents Evocation Evenings, creative dialogues facilitated by local artists. Please join us for our fifth and final Evocation Evening, a special partnership with FoodSpark.
These sessions are designed to spark conversations about arts/culture and the needs of the St. Louis community through participation in a creative exercise. At this upcoming session, the FoodSpark leaders will use their community meal model to lead this discussion.