THE WHICH HOUSE is a 501(c)3 non-profit collaborative arts organization committed to individual and community liberation through practices rooted in compassion and joy.
We define collaborative arts as:
process-based creative expression and play
works of art developed & created in community
the art of collaboration & network creation - Be The Mycelium
THE WHICH HOUSE ETHOS
Art is creative, generative change.
EVERYONE CAN BE AN ARTIST.
There are as many multi-faceted, intersectional SOLUTIONS
as there are multi-faceted, intersectional problems.
Our practices are rooted in Emergent Strategy principles as communicated by adrienne maree brown. It is not simply new ideas or new systems that we need - but new ways of being in and changing with the world. (BUY HER BOOK)
A Tale of People Power
A Tale of People Power
What is Participatory Budgeting (PB)? And why should I care?
Participatory Budgeting is a chance for communities to decide together how government money is spent. The process is simple: craft proposals and then vote on how to invest in your neighborhood.
In 2022, there will be 2 MILLION DOLLARS allocated to projects of the people, by the people, for the people of the North Nashville / Bordeaux neighborhoods. Community brainstorms go to Budget Delegates, who turn the community's ideas into drafted proposals - which then become a ballot that the community votes on.
We are working with the Nashville mayor’s office to get the word out and tell the story. We’ll be conducting interviews & collecting stories from the citizens involved with last year’s pilot PB cycle; then working within community networks to share those stories.
The first project from 2021's pilot cycle broke ground in February and the 2022 PB cycle starts in March.
Let’s all tell the story of how our money gets spent!
Nella 'Ms. Pearl' Frierson
Nella 'Ms. Pearl' Frierson
Artist-Farmer, Community Healer, Dancer, Storyteller, Joyful Spirit...And Soon To Be TikTok Star
Ms. Pearl is the steward and owner of Brooklyn Heights Community Garden & Urban Farm in North Nashville. She is also a mother & grandmother & mama; a certified reflexologist, permaculturist, cosmetologist & Montessori educator; a member of a dance company, an author, a comedian, a poet, and infinitely more. Her mantra is "Start where you are, use what you have, do what you must - just get busy!!!" - and she will always leave the light on for you.
We were fortunate to feature her & the farm in our first project, STAND. Now we are deeply grateful to have an evolving partnership, currently providing production and technological support to help Ms. Pearl connect with the wider (viral!) audience her inspiration & hilarity deserve.
Photo by Nina Covington
Grounds to Gardens
Coffee grounds are Compost Superfood - their high levels of much-needed nitrogen as well as calcium, potassium, iron, phosphorous, magnesium & chromium can all be returned to the Earth to stimulate growth. Local food-growers and their soil would benefit immensely from an influx of coffee grounds in their compost.
While helping produce a coffee & art festival in 2021, we heard from vendors & coffee sponsors of their desire to put their bounty of coffee grounds to good use - and keep them out of the landfill. While the entrepreneurs of the commercial compost pick-up world understandably need to generate revenue, the cost is often not sustainable for many food & beverage services with slim profit margins.
Being connected to local food growers (and compost nerds ourselves!), we saw a future solution waiting to emerge!
Partnering with Honest Coffee Roasters in West Nashville, we are developing reliable, flexible, free-to-ultra-low-cost systems to connect this valuable resource back to the local food system that needs it. Utilizing a network of volunteers from the passionate coffee community, we will scale our processes to other Nashville-area coffee shops, community gardens, and urban farms once we have tested and developed sustainable methods and communication systems.
WATCH OUR MUSIC VIDEO
"STAND" is a call to artists and community members to come together in the name of our food and to regard our slow Earth with care.
Music written & performed by Ariana Hodes
Featuring our artist-partners Nella 'Ms. Pearl' Frierson & Brandon Johnson
Storyboard by Anne Veal & Sarah Sixt
Edited by Sarah Sixt
ARIANA HODES is a 2021 graduate of the Arts Management and Entrepreneurship Masters of Arts at The New School. After covid hit New York City, she relocated to New Hampshire, worked and learned on Dimond Hill Farm, and played music with her parents, Peggo and Paul Hodes. A multi-disciplinarian artist, Ariana aims her work at the intersection of art and regenerative farming. It is her belief that if we can get the food system right, we have a decent chance of saving humanity as well as most life on earth. She mourns the species already extinct and maintains hope that we can change course. She believes art has a vital role to play in helping cultures and societies make this shift toward collaboration and care-based systems rooted in the Divine Feminine.
ANNE VEAL is a creator / performer / educator who specializes in improvised and ensemble-devised theatre. She taught improv in NYC from 2016-2020 and performed internationally with Rapid Fire Theatre, Det Andre Teatret, and the Vancouver International Improv Festival. Since the outbreak of the pandemic, she has been more grateful than ever for the life lessons of this art form: being in the moment, riding the waves of chaos + surprise, and not getting stuck in "plans." Her scripted work has been seen in Washington, DC; Prague, CZ; Chicago, IL; Basin, MT; Louisville, KY; and NYC, housed in theatre spaces, haunted mansions, and historic buildings. Anne roots her work and life in the practice of active compassion and studies with the Compassion Institute. On the autodidactic side of things, she nerds out about cognitive neuroscience, mythic cycles + archetypes, quantum mechanics, and shamanic practices. Recently, Anne played lots of zany characters on Podglomerate's weekly innovation podcast Live! From Tomorrow.