Food + Survival + Everyone   06.23.11

Spring and early summer at SPACES has really underscored the tremendous power food has to bring people together.

We are continuing the community dinner series began in March with Survival Postures,* with 'Full Circle Mirror Image,' a collaborative installation from the legendary urban food advocate Maurice Small and artist Johnny Coleman. We'll share dinner and dialogue about food access in Cleveland. Full event details follow, and we hope to see you there!

* For those of you who couldn't make Survival Postures, a website documenting the project is up at

Full Circle Mirror Image
with Maurice Small and Johnny Coleman
Sunday, July 10, 5:00-7:30 pm
SPACES (2220 Superior Viaduct)
Suggested donation $5-10 at the door.

'Full Circle Mirror Image' is a living tribute to the full life cycle of one tenacious urban crop-- collard greens. A mirror installation inside and outside the gallery will both cook and grow collard greens, and tell the sensory story of what good food can do to bring people together. In that spirit, we'll share a light, locally-sourced dinner and some good company.

For the last twenty years, artist Johnny Coleman has composed spaces activated as prayers: requests for guidance, conscious statements of intent, and thanksgiving. His process spans poetry, performance, and a sculptural format that integrates the dramatic presentation of a stage set with the oral tradition of storytelling, while consciously focusing upon private spaces that sometimes exist in the absence of a performer. He has exhibited extensively throughout the U.S., and continues to collaborate with artists nationally.

Master composter, worm translator, food broker and urban advocate Maurice Small has been building urban food systems, creating soil and training youth entrepreneurs for over twenty years. As Learning Garden Director at the Cleveland Botanical Gardens and Co-founder of City Fresh (a project that built food access in Cleveland neighborhoods, while improving urban market access for rural farmers), his work has taken the region by storm. Most recently he's been organizing on food access in Youngstown, and acting as Chief Compost Officer for Spencer's Boy at

To reserve your spot and guarantee yourself a plate, please call or email SPACES: 216.621.2314 or

Keywords: food, full circle mirror image, survival postures
Author: Kate Sopko, Residency Champion
Category: Events

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