Grant #38

Performance, Potluck & Punch

November 4, 2013

Potlucks include two ingredients key to cultural transformation: food and shared experience.

That recipe was top of mind when Sherrine Azab and her partner Jake Hooker decided to plant their own artistic roots in Detroit. By infusing the potluck concept with another special additive, theater, they believed they could further the rehabilitation and community building already underway.

Part of Detroit-based theater company, A Host of People, the price of admission to a Performance, Potluck & Punch event is a shared dish. Before watching a performance (or two), curated for that particular evening, guests gather around a punch bowl to meet and get to know one another. Afterwards, they return to the bowl for a discussion on the piece and a meal.

Says Sherrine, “We invite our audience into our art as we would guests into our home, whether it is in a house, on the street, in a gallery, or in a theaterĂ¢ . By sharing a communal art experience in a familial way we hope more people will feel invited into alternative art.”

Learn more about A Host of People via their Facebook page, Twitter and Instagram channels and website.

Category: Art, Philanthropy, Theater



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