Artwork dedication at Beacon Hill Food Forest

Saturday, September 16, 2017, 2 p.m.
15th Ave S & S Dakota St, Seattle, WA 98108

On September 16th, during the Beacon Food Forest’s monthly work party, we will dedicate Nicole Kistler’s artwork Vessels. The artworks are a series of cast iron sculptures that dot the community garden on Seattle Public Utilities property at Beacon Reservoir. Building on the inspiration of the reservoir as a container, they evoke puffball mushrooms holding spores, berries holding seeds, seed pods, and ceramic water jugs. Likewise, the sculptures hold stories from the community. Kistler interviewed Food Forest volunteers and neighbors over several summer months capturing food stories and traditions on audio, and imbedding them into the permanent works. The artist also held a series of seed ball workshops bringing attention to fruit and vegetable production in an urban settings. Kistler worked closely with the Food Forest’s Steering Committee, Co-founders Jacqueline Cramer and Glenn Herlihy, and Arts and Culture Chair Julia Haack, all artists in their own right, to integrate the organically shaped sculptures throughout this urban permaculture garden.

Seattle Public Utilities (SPU) encourages urban farming through its solid waste program; Kistler wrote an Urban Agriculture art plan following a residency investigating opportunities for artist engagement in urban settings, such as P-Patches run by the Department of Neighborhoods, Seattle Parks and Recreation ‘s food production facilities and SPU’s Beacon Reservoir. Kistler identified Beacon Food Forest as a potential site for a community-engaged process to develop and locate a permanent art project.

SPU entered into an agreement with the P-Patch program to develop and expand the Food Forest. This artwork, on SPU property, highlights the opportunities to raise food in city as a community-centered activity, and the need to encourage sustainable practices in urban food production.

Community invited to Jefferson Park Jubilee on Sept. 13

The third annual Jefferson Park Jubilee is on Saturday, September 13, 2014. This popular community festival organized by the Beacon Hill Merchants Association will begin at noon and run until the park closes. Jefferson Park is located at 3801 Beacon Ave S, a 10-minute walk from the Beacon Hill light rail station.

This year the Jubilee is proud to collaborate with the Beacon Food Forest’s Opening Celebration, marking the creation of permaculture gardens in Jefferson Park. The combined events will feature a world music stage, community dance groups, food trucks and booths, craft vendors, informational tables, speakers and tours, and kids’ projects and games. Attendance is expected to be between 3,000 and 5,000 people.

A partial list of performers includes the Seattle Midori Taiko Ensemble, Danca Brasil, Latin folk duo Correo Aereo, and the reggae/hip hop sounds of Unite One. At nightfall there will be an outdoor cinema showing “The Avengers” sponsored by the Jefferson Advisory Council. The main stage schedule is as follows:

12:30 p.m.       Seattle Midori Taiko
1:00 p.m.         Betsuin Obon Dancers
2:00 p.m.         Dança Brasil
3:15 p.m.         Correo Aereo
4:20 p.m.         Katrina Ji and Culture Shakti
5:00 p.m.         Mochima
6:05 p.m.         Unite One
8:00 p.m.         Outdoor Cinema:  “The Avengers”

For more information, please visit www.jeffersonparkjubilee.com and www.beaconfoodforest.org.

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