Sweet Water News: Volume 2, Issue 1

Sweet Water Foundation News: Volume 2, Issue 1  
Winter 2018
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Sweet Water News
It may still be cold outside, but Sweet Water Foundation's work of regenerative development continues on. At the onset of winter's cold weather, the team turned its attention to planning, design, carpentry, and conducting education and community workshops. Since last November, SWF has hosted 2 retail pop-up shops showcasing products of our carpentry program, conducted 6 workshops reaching nearly 500 people, and developed plans for programming and projects for the spring and summer.

With longer days and warm weather on the horizon, we are literally planting the seeds for our best summer and harvest season ever. This year, we will host the First Annual Juneteenth Celebration at the Commons, a new event through which we hope to inspire the radical [re]construction of Chicago's south side. We look forward to welcoming you back to the Perry Ave Commons this spring and summer!  Read on to learn more about our work.


Sweet Water Stories
SWF Launches the Year-Long Radical [Re]Construction of Values Workshop Series
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SWF Pop-Up Shops Bring the Carpentry Program to Life!
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From Dublin to Chicago: Fractal Seating Workshop @ the Smart Museum
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Humans of Sweet Water

In 2010, Orrin Williams met Sweet Water Foundation's Co-Founder, Emmanuel Pratt, at a meeting in West Englewood. An instant bond was formed as they quickly recognized the synergies in their work and a shared vision of transformation on Chicago’s  South side. The two have been working together ever since and Sweet Water Foundation has benefited greatly from Orrin’s leadership, vision, and contributions over the years.  Click here to learn more about Orrin.


What's Happening at the Commons?

This Saturday, focus on building, construction, and architecture! Learn how to use wooden peg carpentry techniques (inspired by the work of Emmanuel Pratt and Sweetwater Foundation), build a large structure out of sunflower stalks, and play and build with blocks of all sizes. FREE, all materials provided. Activities best for kids ages 4–12, accompanied by an adult. For more information, click here.

Save-the-date for the first annual Juneteenth Celebration at the Perry Ave Commons. Join us as we celebrate this important, historical event with live music, arts & crafts, health & wellness activities, and much more. More details coming soon.
The Radical [Re]Constructions exhibit will connect the Smart Museum of Art at the University of Chicago to Sweet Water Foundation's Perry Avenue Commons. The installation features a large, three-dimensional representation of a house, set against the Museum’s central lobby wall and constructed from salvaged materials including wood that SWF apprentices finished with the traditional Japanese shou sugi ban charring technique. The Smart Museum is free and open to the public. For museum hours and directions, click here.

Collard Greens & Chorizo Soup
with Black Eyed Peas
Did you freeze kale or collards last summer? If you did (or even if you didn't), now is the perfect time to make this delicious salad from Angela at the Kitchenista Diaries.  It's the perfect meal for cold  winter (or early spring) day. 

  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 1 lb cured Spanish chorizo or Portuguese linguica sausage links, sliced
  • 1 large red onion, diced
  • 1 fennel bulb, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/4 tsp crushed red pepper flakes
  • 2 tbsp tomato paste
  • 1 tbsp smoked paprika
  • 1/2 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 fresh bay leaf
  • 6 cups chicken stock, preferably homemade
  • 1 lb chopped collard greens
  • 2 cups rehydrated black eyed peas (or 15.8 oz canned black eyed peas)
  • 2 tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • Kosher salt, to taste
  • Black pepper, to taste

To try this recipe, click here

Fractal Seating Workshop

@ the Smart Museum
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