A dinner series collaboratively planned and prepared by people of all abilities (many suffering from the stigma associated with the label: developmentally disabled) inside of an institution providing sub minimum wage work.
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Labels act as a straightjacket. Labels lock people into institutions that society insists are ‘homes’ and ‘day centers’. Labels prevent people in love from being together and experiencing the ecstasy of the everyday. Labels force people to sit at a dinner table and await paid staff members to serve another meal from a box.
As an act of rebellion a group of artists chopped vegetables, boiled water, marinated meat. Inside of the break room of a sheltered workshop (an institution which employs people it labels as having disabilities and confining them inside these segregated spaces and offering rote, repetitive work and paying far below minimum wage) we touched food that would feed our souls. We rebelled against labels by fighting for the simple act of making dinner.
For three years, artists normally barred from having agency in their own lives dreamed up menus, shopped for the ingredients, prepared the food, and enjoyed it together.