Our second manifestation was in Charlottesville, VA in the fall of 2013.
The Demonstration Village occupied Sojourners United Church of Christ’s old playground, while the Carnival Big Top and Midway filled an adjoining lot. Generous support came from Casa Alma: The Charlottesville Catholic Worker, Charlottesville Community Bikes, Food Not Bombs and many local churches, and righteous food donations poured in from Radical Roots Farm.
- Joining the weekly street-side peace vigil held by the Charlottesville Peace and Justice Center.
- Painting a mini-mural in Casa Alma’s main space and covering their mailboxes in crazy color.
- Mask-making with 4th and 5th graders at the Boys and Girls club
- Jay and Joby sharing a drum workshop at Clark Elementary School
- Getting our hands dirty in Patch Community Garden.
- Receiving surprise meals and laundry support from friends through Sojourners.
- Our potlatch ceremony, where locals and Carnival folk shared gifts and stories.
- Joining a thriving local hip hop and poetry slam
- Going the mic to local hip hop artists to perform an opening act for our productions.
- Joining Presence theater in a class on Theater of the Oppressed.
- A visit from our mentor Jim Perkinson, who helped us animate the Midway and dig into a discussion on white privilege.
- Enjoying Sarah Thompson’s sermon at Charlottesville Mennonite Church.
- Continual gifts of peanut butter (a precious staple) from our neighbors!