OlioHouse | Breaking Bread: An Olio Salon Dinner

Who are we, as Americans really? What are American's guiding mythologies and what is its power in the world? Am I personally and publicly implicated in America's domestic and international actions and influence? What does it mean to be a critically engaged citizen at a time of intensifying US influence (power) and apparent empire. Can I be a citizen of this nation while still claiming a broader allegiance to a global community and humanity at large? These are just some of the questions that prolific poet and professor Sekou Sundiata explored through his highly collaborative work, produced in the final years of life. Instigated by the events of September 11th, Sekou brought together students, artists, and audiences and invited them to join him on his journey to try to uncover, distill and articulate the essence of American identity and American soul at a pivotal moment in our nation's contemporary history. One of the central methods Sekou leveraged as part of his "Research-to-Performance" method, was the Citizenship Dinner- a call for individuals from various walks of life to build community through the shared experience of food. 

At this OlioHouse weekend, we will explore some of the key themes and questions that drove Sekou so many years ago while tapping into our own stories and identities to see what it means to be a radical and critically engaged citizen in the current American context. We will share food, stories, poetry, laughs and most importantly build community while attempting to break the barriers that so often divide us and keep us from recognizing our shared humanity and responsibilities to one another to address some of our most pressing issues.

Rough Schedule: 


2pm: Arrive at OlioHouse to lunch 

3pm: Brian will teach an Olio on the Mythology of American Identity 

4:30pm: Free time to explore Wassaic, check out the art residency and swim/hike! 

7:00pm: Communal cooking and an Olio Salon Dinner 


 9:00am Yoga and Breakfast 

11:00am Closing Reflections

People can catch a ride for the noon or 2pm train back to Grand Central 

Location: OlioHouse | Wassaic, NY

296 Old Rte 22, Wassaic, NY 12592

This is our gorgeous home up in Wassaic, NY. We hold weekend seminars and welcome members of our scenius for creative residencies and projects. It is located less than a 20 min walk from the Metro North station in Wassaic and 2 hours from Grand Central. We are the proud neighbors of the Wassaic Project.

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