Sunday, August 26, 2012

Let Them Eat Cupcakes, September 22nd.

Performance artist Elizabeth Tobias will arrive at Dinnerware Artspace, 425 W. Sixth Street, on Saturday, September 22nd, 6-9pm with her "LET THEM EAT CUPCAKES"

What are your thoughts about hunger? Maybe you have a personal story about hunger.

Write those thoughts on an index card provided by Ms. Tobias, and earn a cupake.
 The index cards will be added inside a tent installation for others to see those thoughts.

Let Them Eat Cupcakes (aka The Cupcake Project) combines performance, outreach and installation to create a sobering commentary about the scale of hunger in the United States.

During her one night only appearance on September 22 from 6 to 9 pm, Tobias will barter scrumptious cupcakes to visitors who share an idea or memory about hunger on an index card. The hunger index cards from the evening, along with earlier iterations of the performance in Los Angeles, Boston, Salt Lake City and other American cities, will be arranged inside a colorfully lit emergency relief tent surrounded by images of confectionary sprinkles.

The cupcake is both an iconic symbol of celebration, and an ironic reference to, “let them eat cake,” a statement falsely attributed to Marie Antoinette during the French Revolution to underscore the division between social classes.

Leave a food item such as a can of food, or other item:
"Let Them Eat Cupcakes" supports Wingspan's Homeless Youth Project (HYP), which offers support and crisis intervention to homeless, and near-homeless
LGBTQ, and straight-allied youth, including street outreach, referrals
to social service agencies, and advocacy. Food, bus passes, clothing
and hygiene supplies are also available Monday through Friday to youth
through this resource. For more information about homeless and at-risk
youth services, contact Kevin Jackson, at
Outshine Transitional Living Program for LGBTQ Youth.