Columbia Pike Recipes for You 2016,
a Community Book Art Project
It started with a visit from Cynthia Connolly, special projects curator for Arlington Arts. She brought me many ideas and on a very very cold winter morning, and we brainstormed till a one hour meeting went on for three. Her dream project was collecting recipes from Columbia Pike restaurants and creating a display board where the public could “see” the food diversity of The Pike. I added to that my interest in people’s stories and teaching people to make simple books and we had the Columbia Pike Recipes for You 2016 project, featuring restaurants and recipes for people to pick from and make their own recipe book. Oh, and they could bind the pages using a cinnamon stick, chopsticks, or a spoon. Simple!
Make it at Home: Here is a pdf version of the recipe book for you to download, print, and make you own book at home.CP Recipe2016Download
We Are All Arlington! The Columbia Pike Recipes for You display and book project was on display at the Arlington Central Library as part of the We Are All Arlington! exhibit for the month of October 2016. A wonderful way to share recipes and community stories with Arlington! Photos here.
Columbia Pike Farmer’s Market: Come make your own copy of the Columbia Pike Recipes for You community book project at the Columbia Pike Farmer’s Market in Sept, Oct, and Nov. Pick recipes from down the street, and get ingredients to make them at the market itself. Also, make books to share with family and friends over the holidays. Photos here, and here.
Final count: 400 books made, at 7 events (6 in South Arlington, and 1 in Central Library), over 2 seasons!