Join us for the opening night of Breaking Bread! Live music from Sac Au Lait and Mariachi Rey Azteca, a beautiful new lit art installation, mexican food, beer and wine, neighbors, and more! As a part of Neighborhood Lights and Light City 2018, the Creative Alliance in association with BE|THE|TO Studio, K.Lechleiter Architect, and LED-BETTER Studio, and in collaboration with Elemental Metalworks, are creating “Breaking Bread”, a permanent installation to activate The Conkling Street Community Garden in Highlandtown. The artists include two architectural firms and a 3D visualization and virtual reality company whose frequent collaborations include the Light City 2017 installation ”The Divided Line”. The project will open to the public on Friday, April 6th with a massive community celebration at the conclusion of the First Friday Art Walk in Highlandtown, a live mariachi band, catered Mexican food, and a special performance by the beloved Baltimore band Sac Au Lait. Breaking Bread builds upon the natural nexus point of any neighborhood: the community garden. In this place where food is grown, connections are shared, and neighbors collaborate to produce by and for each other, Breaking Bread enhances these flavors of interaction by emphasizing the actions already taking place there. Gathering over a meal is one of the most ancient forms of community process, as people sharing food tend to appreciate each other at a profound level. ‘Breaking Bread’ affirms a cultural continuity built upon gathering, upon sharing, and upon eating food made well, together. What is already a strong communal feel to Highlandtown is enhanced with a seat at the table, a neighbor seated across from you, sharing food, and conversing. Envisioned as a three-part installation, “Breaking Bread” features a lighted steel trellis, a 40-foot long illuminated table, and an illuminated area for projecting films or featuring lit performances. The Conkling Street Garden is a community-driven small-plot urban garden on land leased from a private owner by the Highlandtown Community Association (HCA). Funded by Healthy Neighborhoods, Inc., the Baltimore Community Foundation and the Parks & People Foundation as a catalyst project for the Highlandtown neighborhood, the committee that operates the garden is made up of the diversity represented throughout the community, and staffed by members of the Southeast CDC and the International Rescue Committee. With a series of beautifully crafted murals as the backdrop, the property is divided into two parts - a raised, concrete platform that formerly served as a rail stop, and a lower level where the garden plots can meet native soils.