On September 14th, 2,000 people gathered at a half-mile long table on Victoria Street in Saint Paul to share a healthy, locally grown meal and pledge their commitment to healthier eating.
Though the September 14 meal is complete, CREATE is a catalyst for larger conversations about how public art can inspire food system change.
Public Art Saint Paul has two opportunities for the community to support and replicate the spirit of CREATE going forward:
Mobile ArtKitchens – Designed by Seitu and artists Emily Stover, Peter Kramer and Asa Hoyt, one will be operated by Youth Farms and the other by the Science Museum’s Kitty Anderson Youth Science Center. These visual extensions of CREATE will present healthy eating and cooking demonstrations in communities that are vastly underserved.
CREATE: The Neighborhood Meal – On Sept. 14, many people resolved to gather with neighbors for similar, smaller-scale community meals. Beginning in November, Public Art Saint Paul will provide CREATE kits, which include the poetic grace, closing, prompts and handmade placemats used on Sept. 14, along with a small food stipend and local food maps to meal hosts.
On September 14th, we took the first step in creating a healthier future and transforming the urbanfood system.
If you believe in the spirit of CREATE: The Community Meal and want to contribute to the improvement of the local food system,
Please Contribute Today!
Frequently Asked Questions
Is CREATE: The Community Meal a one-off initiative, or part of something bigger?
The Community Meal is the catalyst for ongoing conversations about food, art and community. Our hope is that CREATE will inspire further dialogue, awareness and action to ensure access to fresh, locally grown produce in St. Paul neighborhoods. In fact, CREATE itself began in 2013, with neighbors gathering for meals and sharing food stories with Seitu. Those neighborhood gatherings will expand in the years ahead. CREATE’S Mobile ArtKitchens will roll out this summer, bringing interactive demonstrations of healthy food preparation to block parties, urban farms and backyards.
Where can I learn more about CREATE?
Visit CREATE for regular updates from our partners and participating artists, and further information on how you can be a part of CREATE.