Image from THE FUNGUS AMONG US (Spring, 2019) by Naoko Wowsugi
Watch Fantastic Fungi - online now! - in Honor of Earth Day 2020

Dear Friends,

Food, shelter, water, healthcare -- essentials. And then, somewhere in the mystery -- in the ineffable -- there is the art. There is creativity. The songs we sing, the prayers we offer, the rhythms we dance, the films we watch, the poems we write.... can you imagine these past 5 weeks without art? Without TV or movies? Yoga or dance-a-thons? DIY face masks? Handmade signs in people’s windows or yards? If we've learned anything these last surreal weeks, it's this: Creativity is essential. 

Tomorrow -- Wednesday, April 22 -- marks 50 years of celebrating Earth Day. A day to stop and smell the roses -- quite literally. These days, the earth has delivered her colorful spring to a silent audience. A stillness has crossed the planet that humans have never extended. We are all part of a living JUBILEE! – a break from the hustle and bustle of cars, industry, and constant motion. Mountain ranges are becoming visible, smog is clearing in cities, the stars are more visible than ever before. We are poised for quite an Earth Day this week.

During this time, we are more deeply reflecting on what is ESSENTIAL and what is NON-ESSENTIAL. Day by day, we recognize how important it is to keep our dollars local, to connect to our neighborhoods, to slow down, to grow gardens, to create in our homes and with our friends & family -- to be a part of earth. 
*artwork by Mary Edna Frasier as part of AWAKENING: KING TIDE 

While we can’t take to the street in 2020 like we did during AWAKENING: KING TIDE above, we can take to other forms to connect and acknowledge Mother Earth during this time of reflection, care and celebration. Join EP & our community to mark Earth Day 20/20 creatively:

DANCE: We're offering a dance celebration @ 5pm for Earth Day (and the New Moon) called RAINBOW CONNECTION inspired by EP-artist Sarah Stewart of Rattlesnakes & Rainbows and the rainbows that grace windows and porches across the country. Here is the FB invite, and the zoom details are:
Password: 005673. We gratefully accept love offerings to Enough Pie if you feel moved by our dance.

HOWL:  Join millions across the world to HOWL AT THE NEW MOON on Wednesday (and everyday) at 8pm. My household does it nightly – very liberating. Learn more about this satisfying movement here.

SING: Let’s STAY HOME AND SING with the talented Elise Witt (based in GA) on Wednesday from 1-2:15pm. We met Elise many years ago at the Alternate ROOTS Annual Gathering in the mountains of Western NC. Her process is strong, clear and deeply rooted and offers a way for everyone to participate of every skill & level. This is sure to be an incredible experience for adults & children alike. Register here: or sing along to the Global Village Project: This Land is Your Land, This Land Is My Land on YouTube.

PLANT: Plant a tree or a Victory Garden. Plant bamboo (responsibly). Plant herb spirals. Visit Rita’s Roots and buy some starts from a local business -- or start from seeds. 

POETRY: Passion, pain, boredom, fear, relief -- a potent place to express emotion is on paper, a mic, sidewalk chalk.... Whether you keep a journal or share it with the world via the interweb, poetry has a profound ability to shed light & inspire growth. Charleston Poet Laureate & occasional EP collaborator Marcus Amaker created the website We Still Create to showcase your creative expressions. Write, if it moves you, then share. Email it to a friend. Mail it in a letter. #sharingiscaring

YOUTH STRIKE: It’s Earth Day’s 50th Anniversary and there are youth-led strikes and demonstrations of collective actions through community building and storytelling with People’s Climate Movement. Register for Earth Day Live here.

: Charleston Climate Coalition is seeking creative art for their #EarthDayArtChallenge -- you can share what you create Wednesday here.  Or, print out 4 of Enough Pie's new COLORING PAGES (a preview from our coloring book of SC botanicals inspired by the Mural project) -- full-size images at the end of this newsletter! And, get creative! Create new things from your old things -- reuse, mend and fix versus tossing and buying new stuff. Imagine landfills slowly becoming extinct because we recognize that waste is simply an underutilized resource and that we can, and must, have a regenerative approach.
WATCH & EDUCATE: Working with partners, EP & collaborators created a lot of very helpful videos specifically for the Lowcountry regarding flooding during AWAKENING: KING TIDE. Take yourself back to school and immerse yourself in these short, Pecha-Kucha style presentations from a few years ago. So much wisdom shared!

COMMIT TO OUR INTERDEPENDENCE: our country values independence AND interdependence. This quarantine is reminding us how very connected we are. #WeavingCommunity is a huge part of Enough Pie’s mission, and we have created a pledge of interdependence as part of AWAKENING: WEAVE THE PEOPLE. Take a look -- would you sign it?


Cathryn the Grateful & Team EP


At lunchtime this past Friday, April 17, Enough Pie, working with JFM staff, arranged for a lunch & mask distribution for all residents at the Joseph Floyd Manor. We served a hot cooked fried chicken lunch (see all amazing contributors below) and distributed handmade face masks made by EP artists, a roll of toilet paper secured by Charleston Promise Neighborhood. In every bag was also a colorful card made by Charleston children and the artists from HEART, an inclusive arts community.

The fried chicken lunch was thanks to an amazing team effort of Charleston folks: the staff at 5 Church prepared, cooked and delivered the meal, a large chicken donation was arranged by EP Piemaker BoomTown! to the Lowcountry Food Bank, and locally grown rice and cowpeas from GrowFood Carolina, along with apple crumble from WNC apples, completed the meal.

The distribution on Friday included sanitation and paper product donations from St. Stephens Episcopal Church as well as live music from Noodle McDoodle, a local musician who is a neighbor and regular EP collaborator. Enough Pie and volunteers, alongside the elders at Joseph Floyd Manor, danced, sang, and stood in a socially distanced line while all the bags were handed out. Then, we feasted — some back in their apartments, others at the tables or benches outside.

Enough Pie is all about creativity and community engagement, which was really at the core of so many different organizations and people coming together to make last Friday happen at Joseph Floyd Manor. We do larger outreach at our partners at least bi-monthly through this quarantine, but every day, we are working with our COMMUNITY BUDDY PROGRAM with volunteers, Rent Sons, and others to offer one-on-one support to our neighbors at the Joseph Floyd Manor. 



EP & supporting makers and artists are working around the clock to create 1,000 DIY masks by May 1. We've already made and distributed almost 200 masks -- and we have many requests left. Want to become an EP Mask Maker? We need help cutting fabric & elastic (for the non-sewers) and then mask making. Stipends available for this work. Please email our EP artist lead, Trina Lyn, to learn next steps. Thank you!


Here’s to CREATIVELY coming together to support ourselves
& our neighbors during this challenging time. 

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