In April, FoodSpark is excited to be collaborating with the St. Louis Mosaic Project to host a potluck dinner gathering centered around welcoming immigrants and refugees to St. Louis. FoodSpark guests are invited to join Mosaic Ambassadors for this collaborative conversation.
It's Women's History Month and we're bringing back our Womanism v. Feminism conversation for the third year in a row! Join us for a rich discussion on the historical and present-day differences between feminism and womanism. We hope to include a discussion around feminism, white feminism, and intersectionality in regards to the many women's marches earlier this year.
It’s hard to ignore all of the “love” that comes in February when we’re told to tell others we love them with cards and chocolate. In the midst of this, FoodSpark wants make sure we’re not forgetting to take care of ourselves, by holding space for self-love. Join us for a self-love brunch where we will collectively reflect on what self-love means to each of us and what it looks like in the movement.
This month’s FoodSpark gathering will serve as a space for reflection and envisioning as 2016 draws to a close. Hosted by FoodSpark co-organizer, De Nichols, attendees will be welcomed to make their own journals, converse about significant life moments of this year, and set radical goals for the coming year.
This month’s FoodSpark dinner falls during the next presidential debate (which also happens to be taking place just next door at Washington University).
Join the FoodSpark crew for an engaging debate watch party. We’ll convene at 7pm for a pre-debate conversation, then screen the debate, and then end with a post-debate digester.
Now that school is back in session, join us as we delve into the state's decision to end the city's nearly 35-year-old desegregation program, that will conclude in 2017. We will discuss the long and short term implications of this decision both with people who were in the program as well as those who were not.
There's one month until the St. Louis election and Team FoodSpark invites you to join us in a discussion around the future of leadership in our city. We will discuss the upcoming election as well as next year's mayoral election and issues that we as residents think candidates should prioritize.
Halloween theme parties, white actors playing people of color, celebrities coopting styles from other cultures in their music videos, the list seems ever expanding. With Cinco de Mayo around the corner, appropriation has been on our minds. Join us as we discuss cultural appropriation: the adoption or use of elements of one culture by members of a different culture.
Environmental racism is defined as the disproportionate "placement of low-income or minority communities in the proximity of environmentally hazardous or degraded environments, such as toxic waste, pollution, and urban decay." Join us this month as we unpack the recent water crisis in Flint, Michigan and how this relates to other cases of environmental racism that affect us here in St. Louis and across the United States.
Potluck Workshop with MAPS and Sloup. Dinner guests are encouraged to bring an existing idea/project to work on, in addition to a tasty dish to share. Assistance will be offered in the form of articulating ideas into projects and forming concrete project pitches that can be used to apply for funding.
This month’s FoodSpark takes inspiration from the upcoming STL Design Week to gather participants to think about how chance connections become starting points for innovating ideas. We'll discuss how we might use our combined skills, interests, and networks to create great ideas for the city.
Come listen to stories collected as part of the United Story: Ferguson Beyond Today collaborative digital media project and participate in a group discussion where we'll share your own thoughts on how individuals' perspectives and voices can collectively combine to create a diverse united story.
We're sparking ideas about...INDEPENDENCE. We're gathering for conversation surrounding what it means to be "independent." How do we ease the discomfort of doing things on our own? Does St. Louis need more fun events we can attend solo? Does being "independent" as an adult freak you out (like it does us)?
This month, FoodSpark is teaming up with Williams and Associates, Inc. (Minority Health STL) as we take on the intersectionality of sexual identity and health. You can be sure to expect an awesome time, including:
- fun, sexual COOKIES to ice
- a PHOTO/VIDEO BOOTH where you can share stories
- a GROUP DISCUSSION about individual and collective identities and how these expressions relate to and impact our own health
This Month's Culinary Theme: Your Identity
Bring a DISH to share that represents (one of) your identity/ies. We also encourage you to bring your own STORY about what identity and health look like for you.
ABOUT WILLIAMS AND ASSOCIATES
The mission of Williams and Associates, Inc. is to provide preventive health education, disease prevention, health promotion and care services that address the health disparities of minorities in the St. Louis Bi-State Region, with particular regard to African Americans. Learn more at http://minorityhealthstl.org/.
Since August 9th, the St. Louis region has gathered to organize actions and responses to the shooting deaths of young people like Michael Brown and Vonderrit Myers in our community. Ferguson FoodSpark: 6 Months Of... will gather with Ferguson (Feb 8 at Greater St. Marks Church) and Shaw community members (Feb 22 at the Word at Shaw) to share artifacts from the past six months, reflect on the progress made thus far, and spark actions that will take us through the next six months toward August 9, 2015.
During #FergusonOctober weekend, people across the St. Louis region have the chance to bring their perspectives, concerns, and issues to the table through FOODSPARK, a series of socially engaging pop-up food gatherings that aim to provide a safe space to discuss the issues of race, class, and privilege.