We went to Brooklyn in February to go to a big dinner party. The idea was you pay to eat, see a bunch of proposals for art and community projects that people want to do, and vote on the one you like the best. We ate pork tamales and hot sauce and an amazing butternut squash salad with about 300 people. And we voted for a project called Shower Room. The person behind Shower Room ended up winning $1000, funded entirely from our dinner tickets, to re-tile the moldy shower at her community pool with bright multi-colored tiles.
This was Feast Brooklyn, a really direct way to get good ideas up and running. The Feast model (Feast stands for Funding Emerging Art with Sustainable Tactics) is a way to sidestep traditional ways of grant-making, support small-scale neighborhood projects, and enjoy good food in the process.
We thought, maybe we can do this in Boston. So Feast Mass is going to happen this May. We’ll have really great food from New England and lots of old and new friends in attendance. So to make Feast Mass happen, we need your proposals. If you have an idea that you want put into action, let us know.
Stay tuned for more reports on Feast Mass.
--Lucia and Samantha