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Food + Conversation = FoodSpark Miami

Downtown Miami’s Art Days weekend Sept. 11-13 features the debut of FoodSpark Miami, one of the winners in the 2015 Public Space Challenge to connect Miamians to the community and each other. We talked with Naomi Ross, founder of Celebrate Diversity Miami, who submitted the idea for the social-issues brainstorming meal, held on Sunday at the DWNTWN Arts Fair:

What can visitors expect?

FoodSpark Miami is much more than a traditional pop-up potluck. It’s about people from different walks of life throughout greater Miami coming together to connect around important social issues that impact us all. Our kick-off event coincides with The Feast Worldwide’s Global Action Dinner, so we’ll be joining groups across the world in an action-oriented movement focused on empowering and inspiring each other to create a better future for our communities. In addition to guests enjoying savory and sweet bites of food provided by local restaurants, we’ll be encouraging people to bring prepared dishes of their favorite food too if they want to. There’ll be music playing in the background thanks to a local DJ, and after everyone eats, the main program consisting of group dialogue activities will begin.

What’s on the agenda?

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Bakehouse Art Complex

Wynwood gets a greenmarket







The very best markets both reflect the character of the community around them and serve its residents, too – which makes the debut of the Wynwood Green & Art Market at the Bakehouse Art Complex such a natural fit. Beginning Sun., Mar. 1, the historic Art Deco bakery art center will host a regular farmers market on the site. As a community space for working artists for nearly 30 years – long before Wynwood’s emergence as a thriving arts neighborhood –  Bakehouse has been home to a culturally diverse group of over 60 contemporary artists, and the site of exhibitions, cultural programming and other resources. With the addition of a green market, the 2.3-acre space can expand its offerings to the community by being a source for fresh, healthy local food.

Marte Siebenhar

“I see this as a major initiative to welcome the public to this space,” says executive director Marte Siebenhar. “We are in a food desert. [The market] can truly serve the neighborhood in ways we hadn’t imagined.”

Sarah Vargas, who runs the Miami Springs farmers market, was tapped to organize this green market, which made possible by the Our Miami Public Read More

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What’s Your Idea?

Turn a vacant lot into a community garden? Transform a parking lot into a farmers market? Convert a school bus into a fitness caravan? These ideas – and others – got funding last year through The Miami Foundation’s Our Miami Public Space Challenge. The initiative awarded $100,000 to the best ideas for improving, creating and activating local public spaces.
Of particular interest to us is an additional $30K from Health Foundation of South Florida for ideas that promote access to fresh food through gardens and farmers markets and healthy exercise. If you visited the Biscayne Farmer’s Market in the median of Biscayne Blvd. in the last month, then you experienced one of the winning ideas in 2013! The Challenge is looking for ways to use parks, libraries, public buildings, markets, plazas, playgrounds or any place where people can convene and connect. The challenge is open to anyone: individuals, groups, for-profit companies or nonprofit organizations. The best ideas will be selected by community experts and professional placemakers.
Last year’s winners included ideas from Urban Paradise Guild, the Bayfront Park Management Trust and Maggie Fernandez and Melissa Hunsberger. Get inspired by the full list of ideas here. Then take a … Read More
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