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Proposals: Feast 13

Tuesday, March 14, 2017 | Posted by Meredith Davies
Check out the fantastic proposals that were presented at Feast 13, get inspired, and apply for Feast 14!

Randi Shandroski: Under/Over Control, a runway show and fashion event.
Describe your project. Is it an event, an experiment, a movie, a meal, an installation? Is it one-time or recurring?
LACTIC Incorporated is a Boston-based avant-garde clothing brand that takes the detritus of corporate life and reinterprets it into one-of-a-kind structural garments that challenge the polarization of gender and critiques existing power structures.
Under/Over Control will be a runway presentation of Lactic’s latest collection. This collection will explore how the clothing we wear participates in and is influenced by the systems in place in our society. More specifically, it will deal with the effects that our current fast-paced, job-driven culture has on the clothing we wear and how collective standards of beauty and gender expression, systems of belief and societal norms become internalized and affect identity formation. Clothing functions as a mediator between our internal and external worlds. On the one hand it can be a cover-up, a blending in, or a form of protection. On the other, clothing is an outward extension of the self that participates with the world in a physical and visual way.
The show will first appear in New York in December 2016 as part of the ongoing installation of re:art show (http://www.reart.show/). The show will then move to Boston for a gallery presentation in early 2017.
How will you use the grant to make your idea happen? Will you buy materials, hire workers, rent a space? Be specific.
This collaborative endeavor will be a large event with many moving parts. We have confirmed spaces in both New York and Boston for these events at no cost to us, and the collection will be produced out of pocket. However, we require funding to pay the creative team involved in engineering this production. This includes models, hair stylists, makeup artists, performers, musicians and artists.
Why and to whom is your project important or relevant?
Fashion can alter people’s perception of the world around them and has a societal role as an instigator of ideas. By creating this traveling runway show, Lactic seeks to bridge the gap between the fashion worlds of New York and Boston and introduce avant-garde ideas into the Boston fashion scene. This production will create opportunities for local creatives to be involved and be paid for their work.
Hannah Tosi: Stop for the Soul
Describe your project. Is it an event, an experiment, a movie, a meal, an installation? Is it one-time or recurring?
Stop for the Soul is a sanctuary of calm in the chaotic city that serves commuters of all backgrounds. This reimagined bus stop uses colorful street-furniture upgrades, peaceful music, herbal tea, and human interaction to create an immersive and inspiring space. Stop for the Soul has been successfully implemented in Hyde Park, and I propose to bring it to a bus stop in Dorchester with the support of the Feast Mass Microgrant.

Stop for the Soul includes programming for commuters while they wait for the bus, such as “Meditate While You Wait”, simple yoga stretches that people can easily incorporate into their daily routines, and conversation about healthy living. Free tea is served throughout the day as a way to invite people into the space and make sure they’re walking away with a touch of stress-reduction. In conjunction with Stop for the Soul, Yoga Teacher Hannah Tosi will offer 3 free beginner yoga classes at local non-profits.
How will you use the grant to make your idea happen? Will you buy materials, hire workers, rent a space? Be specific.
I will use the grant to:
  • winterize materials
  • purchase tea
  • hire an assistant for set-up, break-down, and engaging community members
  • print fliers for the free yoga classes
  • support artist and teacher Hannah Tosi
Why and to whom is your project important or relevant?
Many city-dwellers live stressful lives with little time for self-care, as we see in Boston’s high rates of cardiovascular disease, mental health illness, and addiction. As we lose ourselves in our electronic devices and put headphones in, our communities have become disconnected. People are apathetic about the environment around them, as can be seen in the litter in public parks and city infrastructures. Stop for the Soul is a social intervention confronting all of these issues of disconnection, working towards creating a holistically healthy community where individuals can connect to themselves, others, and their environments in a positive and creative way.
Sara Brunelle, Michelle Moon, Claudia Paraschiv, Erica Quigley: Play Like Back in the Day

Describe your project. Is it an event, an experiment, a movie, a meal, an installation? Is it one-time or recurring?
How did you play outdoors as a child?
Our project is a series of pop-up play and oral history events that will build support for open-ended outdoor play along the Fairmount Greenway.
Most people over age 30 can recall building forts or making up games with simple materials like sticks, fabric, and clothespins. We are testing a participatory process that builds on nostalgia for child-directed outdoor play.
We’ll ask community members to share play memories; recordings will be embedded in a sculpture called a “Sharing Tree.” When a child presses her ear against the tree, she’ll hear the memory and be inspired to mirror the activity described. Caregivers will remember their own play experiences and suggest a favorite game or song. We’ll create a portal to the past that sparks conversations about the benefits of play.
We’ll provide games and materials described in previously-shared memories, creating a culturally responsive place for play.
How will you use the grant to make your idea happen? Will you buy materials, hire workers, rent a space? Be specific.
The funds will be used for an artist stipend and audio equipment. Prototype sculpture components and play props will be sourced from carefully selected reclaimed materials. Event space will be provided by partner organizations.
Why and to whom is your project important or relevant?
We frequently hear laments that children don’t play outdoors the way they used to. Child-directed outdoor play is vitally important for physical, cognitive, and social/emotional development, but many children don’t get the opportunity. Our project will use everyday spaces and low-cost materials to build support for giving kids the freedom to play. We will collaborate with organizations that have participated in the community-driven Fairmount Greenway planning process. In addition to providing space and time for outdoor play, our free events will offer a creative framework for people to share their stories and perspectives.
Dylan Hurwitz: trans/draw
Describe your project. Is it an event, an experiment, a movie, a meal, an installation? Is it one-time or recurring?
trans/draw is a group exhibition featuring 12 artists taking place at Gallery 263 in Cambridge, organized by the Boston LGBTQIA Artist Alliance (BLAA). BLAA is a volunteer artist-run organization that seeks to elevate the visibility of and provide resources to Boston area LGBTQIA identifying artists. This is a one-time exhibition taking place from Thursday, November 17 – Saturday, December 10, 2016, with an opening reception on Saturday, November 19, 7 – 9 PM. The exhibition surveys trans artists who represent the power of drawing as a mechanism to express and reflect on the trans experience. Their practices span a variety of media, from traditional pencil on paper, to sculpture and video.
How will you use the grant to make your idea happen? Will you buy materials, hire workers, rent a space? Be specific.
BLAA is volunteer run and has no budget, so any funds we receive are invaluable for a range of purposes. However, in this context, BLAA will use the funds to cover event costs associated with trans/draw, which includes a reception and artist talk: this includes hiring ASL interpreters in order to ensure the event is accessible (we will need two interpreters, and they work a minimum of two hours each, at $75/hour, total of $600); food and drink for the reception and artist talk ($300); vinyl signage for the exhibition ($75); and marketing collateral for the event (postcards/posters at $75). This comes to a total of $1050. Any leftover funds will be used towards upcoming programming. BLAA organizes three exhibitions a year, with other events between shows.
Why and to whom is your project important or relevant?
BLAA's mission is to elevate the visibility of and provide resources to Boston area LGBTQIA artists. This show is an opportunity to center trans voices, a community that is often unfairly treated as an after-thought when it comes to LGBTQIA organizing/causes. So this show is important to trans artists in providing an opportunity to center their voices, as well as to the larger community.

Gustavo Barceloni:  Café da Manha, Café da Tarde (Feast 13 Winner!!)
Describe your project. Is it an event, an experiment, a movie, a meal, an installation? Is it one-time or recurring?
In this project, I will provide 25 Brazilian families in Everett, MA with the opportunity to collaborate with me in the creation of 50 mugs by having them pinch two rectangular slabs of terracotta. These 25 families will be reached by mailed invitation to come to a gathering at my backyard where the potential for rich dialogue on the questions of cultural identity can be explored while the slabs are pinched. At this event, I will provide food from Brazilian catering and have photography shot by a Brazilian professional, thus supporting more Brazilians in the process. Playing off of the dualities of skill and labor, I am throwing the bottom half of each mug, and then attaching the pinched slab as the second half along with a handle. These slabs of red clay, hearkening back to Brazil’s red soil, will be able to complete two mugs. Using mainly underglazes and clear glaze on the surface of these mugs I will include imagery and mixed cultural motifs that are sourced directly from each family, such as portraits and words in a mix of Portu-English . A questionnaire that comes alongside the slabs of clay will provide more background on each participant for a book documenting each mug and individual’s story.
After fired and completed, the families can keep one mug so that they can personally carry on the dialogue of the project. The other 25 mugs not kept will exist together in an art exhibition where, alongside photos and the book, Brazilians can come together and reflect on the project.
How will you use the grant to make your idea happen? Will you buy materials, hire workers, rent a space? Be specific.
This grant will offset the following costs:
  • ceramic art materials : $250
  • Photography: $300
  • catering: $100
  • invitations: $10
  • Cafe da Manha, Cafe da Tarde hardcover books : $300
  • gas for travel of work and materials: $30
Why and to whom is your project important or relevant?
As an immigrant living within the large Brazilian diaspora in the rapidly gentrifying city of Everett, MA, I have a rare access to higher education at MassArt. I seek to utilize this position by giving back and engaging with my neighborhood through the process of making mugs together in order to carry on our history in the face of assimilation. In Brazilian culture we operate our coffee drinking around breakfast - café da manha - and evening - café da tarde. Not always discussed during this social time are the complexities of maintaining the identity of our culture as growing up in America assimilates us, especially our younger generations. Increasingly so, our busy American work lives make little room for the time needed for conversation at the kitchen table. Meanwhile, our children see no representation of the cultural duality they embody and cannot fully articulate the bigger picture of their lives as first or second generation Brazilians. By doing this project, the labor of working class Brazilians will be recorded in history with their touch and their stories.

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