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.
This event sets brave space for us to voice to our feelings - our anger, frustration, sadness - and second, making sure that we are taking care of ourselves as individuals and as a community. Come share what’s on your mind at this moment and bring a dish that’s bringing you comfort. This month's culinary theme is "casserole."
Kick off this series with us through the FoodSpark potluck as we discuss how food access, justice, and traditions have look in our families, in our neighborhoods, and across the city.
Culinary Theme: Food My Grandma Made
For this potluck gathering, please bring a dish that reminds you of home. It can be a family recipe, an inspired-dish from your hometown, or even St. Louis fave. We will also have food graciously donated by Jaden's Diner, a soul food restaurant based in The Ville neighborhood.
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.
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)?
Teaming up with Williams and Associates, Inc. (Minority Health STL) Team FoodSpark will discuss the intersectionality of sexual identity and health.