FEAST Miami Feeds You, Funds Groundbreaking Local Artists in Style
While Ferrer's selection touches on Miami's relationship with the drug industry, the project "Social Interruptions" by activist collective ReFemme uses performances, happenings, and humor to get the people of Miami to question the status quo, particularly in regards to women's issues. Co-founded by Del Buono and Marthell, ReFemme's demonstrations include anti-plastic surgery flash mobs and poster campaigns with eye-opening facts about last-name equality. In addition to more of these interactive "happenings," as Del Buono calls them, the group wants to use the funding for another project in development called "Beauty Box."
"Basically what we want to do is rent a small tent or make some sort of box and invite people to come in, and instead of giving them beauty tips, we're going to sit there and tell them why they're beautiful," Del Buono said. "I want to do the opposite of what we're bombarded with in magazines everyday, to have sort of an interactive performance where we tell people they're perfect they way they are."
After the meal and each presentation has concluded, diners at FEAST vote on which project should be funded, and a recipient will be named that evening. A small percentage of contributions will be taken to cover expenses, but the rest goes to the artist with the highest votes, Caraballo said.
"I've seen other models where there's a 1st, 2nd and 3rd, but then the money is not significant enough," Caraballo said. "It's more important that the actual amount of money makes a difference, which we're expecting to be anywhere between $1,000 to $3,000. It's a suggested donation of $40, however, we do encourage people to give more."
FEAST Miami will produce about nine dinners by October 2016 using their $40k Knights Arts Challenge funding. Caraballo says the organization combines both founders' visions: Dedication to South Florida-based artists and commitment to the local food movement.
"I think it's something that will be sustainable even beyond the Knight Foundation grant," she said. "It's the perfect time in Miami for this right now."
Tickets for FEAST Miami's event include vegan dinner, dessert, drinks and donation. To read more about the finalists' projects and to purchase tickets, visit feastmiami.org.
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