The People's Cook in partnership with Intermedia Arts announces the start of 28 DAYS Of GOOD ENERGIA on Friday, October 19. Running for 28 consecutive days from October 19 – November 15, 2012, this multi-media, cross-cultural arts event was conceived and created by Robert Farid Karimi to encourage communities to use the power of their own cultural stories, rituals and recipes to curb the rising tide of Type 2 Diabetes. BroadwayWorld has a first look below.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimate that 1 in 10 American adults suffers from Type 2 Diabetes. If trends continue to rise as expected, 1 in 3 will have this disease by 2050. Communities of color, specifically African Americans, Latina/os, Asian Americans & Native Americans, carry the highest risk of developing it.
Robert Farid Karimi, Artistic Director of The People's Cook and artist-in-residence at Intermedia Arts says, "We believe that as artists, we have a unique opportunity to challenge the way medical information is distributed to the public &raise awareness about this disease in an engaging, culturally relevant way."
A Creative Capital premiere, 28 DAYS Of GOOD ENERGIA utilizes Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) to explore how culture – including food, recipes, rituals & stories - can be used as a source for healing. Artistic components within the project include FEED & BE FED, an interactive art exhibit featuring 12 local and national artists and ¡VIVA LA SOUL POWER!, a live performance & culinary experience hosted by Mero Cocinero, who believes cooking and eating together is a revolutionary act. Additional outreach activities in Twin Cities' neighborhoods include community potlucks, happenings, workshops and daily online content www.ThePeoplesCook.org.
FEED & BE FED (Alimenta & Alimentarán) is an interactive art exhibit happens from October 22nd to November 10th, Monday through Friday at 10am to 6pm and Saturday 12-5 pm at Intermedia Arts, 2822 Lyndale Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55408 It is free & open to the public. The opening reception is Thursday, October 25 from 6 to 9 pm; music, live performance, special guests & free food.
¡VIVA LA SOUL POWER! is a live performance & culinary experience which happens from November 1-4 and 7-10. At 6 pm doors open and 7 pm the show starts at
Intermedia Arts. Tickets are $25 and include dinner, they can be purchased at www.intermediaarts.org or 612.871.4444. Seating is limited so advance reservations recommended.
OPEN KITCHEN COMMUNITY POTLUCK- RECIPES FROM OUR GREAT GRANDPARENTS happens Wednesday, October 24 from 7 to 9 pm with special guest filmmaker, Helen Demichiel, from lunchlovecommunity.org at Intermedia Arts. It is free; bring a dish to share that your great-grandparents would have eaten!
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Photo Credit: Jeff Machtig, courtesy of the John Michael Kohler Arts Center and Erin Lavelle