FoodSpark presents Black Summer, its second dinner party series of 2019 which creates food-centered spaces for residents of St. Louis to discuss topics of black struggle and liberation. From a barbecue potluck to book discussions and its signature crowdfunding dinner party, FoodSpark will bring community members together in conversation around how historic events like Juneteenth, the 1949 Fairground Park pool race riots, and the 2014 uprising in Ferguson affects us today.
This series is co-organized with Young Friends of The Ville, The Griot Museum of Black History, Great Rivers Greenways, and the Missouri Historical Society.
Events for this Series
On Saturday, August 17th, FoodSpark will host The Spark, a dinner party which capstones a three-month-long Black Summer series on Black Liberation. We will celebrate local ideas and creators working to address issues facing Black people in St. Louis. At the end of the night, we crowdfund (through audience vote) a microgrant to help amplify one of the ideas.
Throughout the Black Summer series, FoodSpark invites folks to extend conversations about black liberation and struggle by hosting their own FoodSpark X book discussions with friends, family, and colleagues.
On Saturday, June 22, FoodSpark will host a barbecue-themed potluck at Fairground Park. As we gather near the pool, we will touch on topics including the 70th anniversary of the Fairground Park race riots, Juneteenth, and the 5 year anniversary of Michael Brown Jr.’s murder.
Ideas Sparked by the Community
The following initiatives represent the spirit of the Black Summer series and will be pitched for community support and funding during The Spark: Black Summer event.
The BTBExperience will give its Black Trans Riders daily time for meditation, yoga, and somatic practice, in a loving offering to make the ride as healing as it is rigorous.
Founded in 2013 ETG is a performing arts company dedicated to bringing high quality productions to Saint Louis’ South-side. We measure our victories in theatrical risks. We believe that art can transform communities and that the power of visual performance can spark activism, civic pride, and empower our voices!
What About Us project is a poetically visual advocacy project that will use the art of poetry, photography and videography to capture the humanistic attributes of individuals within the black community.
People of the Sun is an up and coming Collective to mainly cater to on the spectrum lgbtqia+ youth of
color. Its mission is dedicated towards the creative empowerment of specifically lgbtai+ youth of
color through ancient rejuvenated practices in art and sciences.
The purpose of this initiative is to explore the factors that impact collaborative relationships with St. Louis residents of African descent and determine how economic development stakeholders may foster or hinder these collaborative relationships.
Ujima is a non-profit, pay-what-you-can service provider that cultivates community through food and youth empowerment. We work to shift paradigms by increasing food security, environmental stewardship, and employment.
Elemental Integrated Healing Arts Designs is a program by art therapist, Eileen Cheong, that provides Art Therapy for Burnout Relief among Social Activists and Caregiving Professionals who are can be most vulnerable to compassion fatigue.
Tools, Recipes, and More
This FoodSpark series is co-organized in partnership with:
Young Friends of The Ville,
The Griot Museum of Black History
Great Rivers Greenway, and
Missouri Historical Society