Last night, Mary, Aimee and I attended the second MemFEAST on the roof of the old Sears tower parking garage.
MemFEAST is a recurring public dinner designed to use community-driven financial support to democratically fund emerging art-makers. At each MemFEAST, anyone from the community can pay an entrance fee for which they receive an amazing, locally sourced dinner, along with drinks and a ballot. During the meal, local artists present proposals for future art projects. At the end of the night, diners vote for their favorite idea and the project with the most votes is awarded funds to produce the work.
It was really freaking cool to dine outside, on the roof. They did an amazing job of making it feel very posh.
I loved the artichoke candles and decorative beans.
There was an open bar, and an awesome bartender.
Another Roadside Attraction catered the dinner, which was delicious.
As the sun set, we settled in for the presentations.
Eight different artists had eight minutes to share their vision to bring awareness to the Crosstown Arts district.
Ideas ranged from found item mobiles to jukin' performances to sound sculptures to wish fulfillment websites to solar operated lights to giant words plastered on the side of the building.
During dessert we voted on our favorite and the winner was announced before we took our last bites. The talented (and sassy!) Robin Salant won and will soon be illuminating the building with solar powered lights. I can hardly wait to see it!
And trust me, you want to go to the next MemFEAST. It'll be the best $25 you ever spent. A few people brought their toddlers, and I think it would be a really great experience for tweens and teens. (I'm going to make the next one a date night for me and Warren.)
The instagram photo at the top was taken by the very artistic AimeeLew
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