In spring 2021, we are thrilled to be launching our new initiative, Flatbush Eats: Food, Survival, Celebration. Partly inspired by the 1930s Federal Writers’ Project’s collection, America Eats, Flatbush Eats aims to document the pleasures, cultural traditions and histories of food as well as a wide range of issues, including food access, hunger, mutual aid, gender and food, and food and the environment.
I need to know how we celebrate our victories, our very survival. What did we want for dinner? What was good enough to commemorate our humanity?
IF I CAN COOK/YOU KNOW GOD CAN
Flatbush Eats is a multimedia storytelling project that will be carried out in partnership with local groups, including CariBBeing, the Maple Street Community Garden, RTV Community Garden, Q Gardens, Seeds in the Middle, and the Jewish Food Society.
Throughout the spring, we will engage the community in writing workshops, oral history interviews, and a series of face-to-face (or virtual) public listening, author reading, and story circle events geared toward eliciting stories, recipes, knowledge, cultural histories, and celebrations of food.
The project will culminate in the publication of a special journal issue and the development of a new website, which will archive written narratives, images, audio, and video.