Many of you know that this past weekend (August 23rd-24th) courageous heARTS hosted a Bake Sale. The Youth Advisory Board and members of the community made delicious goodies for us to sell. But what you may not know, is how crazy baking can really be.
On Friday morning, my fellow board member Antonia and I met at her house around one to begin baking. We only had a few hours and we had to make gluten-free as well as normal brownies, Rice Krispie treats, banana bread and rhubarb muffins! With five recipes, three hours, two people, and one kitchen, we began baking. I threw on some Taylor Swift and we hit the cook books.
Since I am not gifted in the art of baking, I decided to be the one to continuously stir a pot of butter and chocolate for our brownies. It was daunting but important to keep the chocolate from burning and was something I could easily handle. While I did this, Antonia mixed together all the other ingredients for our brownies. After about thirty to forty minutes, the chocolately buttery concoction was melted and had cooled enough to mix with the other ingredients. We got both the gluten free and normal brownies topped with chocolate chips and into the oven. Now was time for the Rice Krispie treats and guess what my job was?! Stirring the marshmallows until they were melted! Which ended up being a pretty challenging task for both me and Antonia. After many attempts to get the marshmallows to melt properly, we found that putting butter into the pot first is a very helpful tip.
We mixed the marshmallows to the Rice Krispie’s and let them sit a while, during which we wrapped some cookies and biscuits Antonia had already made. Then, with only an hour left, we formed the Rice Krispie’s into balls and mixed the banana bread ingredients together. We put chocolate chips on it and after only five minutes of it being in the oven, a truck hit the power lines in the alley and knocked out the power! We spazzed for about ten minutes and listened to the only song I had on my phone three times and by then, the power was back. Antonia quickly prepared the muffins and I left to go see Katy Perry (whoop whoop).
I woke up early and arrived at courageous heARTS at 9:45, just in time to help price the items before we had our first of many customers. It ended up being a long day full of dancing, yes dancing, and meeting members of our community. It felt so amazing to exceed our fundraising goal of $500, knowing that it was because of the hard work we put in and generosity of our community. By the end of the sale on Sunday, we raised almost $780!
It started as an idea thrown out at one of the YAB meetings and with a little planning and hard work, ended up being a very fun, rewarding and successful experience that I can’t wait to do again.
Thanks so much to everyone who came out to support us!
...and the Youth Advisory Board is taking over! Every other week, members of the YAB will share their perspective on the work happening at heARTS and the value it has had in their lives. Many of these youth have been with us since the very beginning and are committed to making courageous heARTS a safe space for young creatives for years to come! Posts will rotate between YAB members so you will get to hear from all of them over the course of the year.
I wouldn't be doing my job, if I didn't take the opportunity to tell you about a couple awesome projects the YAB has in the works.
The weekend of the LoLa Art Crawl - Aug. 23rd and 24th - the YAB is planning an Art Crawl Bake Sale from 10a-4p both days. Many of them will be baking and have also enlisted the help of family and friends to ensure we have a full selection of goods- even gluten free and vegan options! If you are around, we hope you will stop in to purchase some yummy treats and learn more about our mission. We also hope to have our Doodle murals in the back parking lot for some creative community building!
We have all the bakers we need for this event, but if you are available to support the space during the sale we would love your help with a shift!
The other project the YAB is working on is in conjunction with the City of Minneapolis' Blueprint for Action. We have been awarded a grant from the city to create an art project that works on youth violence prevention in our communities. The project they designed will use polaroid pictures to create a dialogue about the ways and reasons that people fight. It is called "Why Fight?" I'll let them tell you more about it in a future post, but will leave you with a sampling of the kind of pictures we'll be taking at pop-up locations near South and Roosevelt.
This blog is written by our Creative Community Apprentices, members of our Youth Advisory Board, and other occasional guests.