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Poetry in the Garden: Bringing Art and Community Together in Southern Nevada

This past Saturday night, I had the pleasure of attending Poetry in the Garden, an event held by The Solidarity Fridge. This indigenous-led community serves as a food pantry, a garden, and a library. A mutual aid initiative with the goal of tackling one of southern Nevada’s most concerning social issues—food insecurity and being one of many food deserts in the United States. The founders, Connie and Victoria partnered with poet and curator Alicia Sincera and brought together artists and vendors from across the valley to showcase their talent. Performers included Jack Flower, a singer who gave us the smooth sounds of the southwest. Vogue Robinson, our host, who is also a major contributor to the community of local art. She along with poets, Elle Hope, Kreative Kenn, Brittany Soul, Ms. AyeVee, and others, performed their poetry with the backdrop of music from Latin psychedelic rockers Viaje Nahual to set the tone for the night, just right.

Refreshments (from the garden) were prepared by local chef and street foodie Brent Holmes. Words can’t truly express how tranquil and angelic the space is that these women—Connie and Victoria have created. Not just a safe space for local creatives and community-driven supporters, but also a voice for the marginalized and disenfranchised people of the valley. A kinship of sorts. A place that welcomes all those willing to pay it forward and be part of the change we wish to see.

“Food is where we meet, where we are nourished. The stories of food inspire empathy, compassion, and connection.”

Other performers included:

(and a few other open-mic performers whose names I didn't get.)

Vendors Included:

You can visit The Solidarity Fridge to support in person at 5502 Blackthorn Dr. or visit their website for more information on how to volunteer/support/donate.

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