Melting Map Potluck

Posted on Oct 29, 2015 | No Comments
Melting Map Potluck

The Melting Map Potluck was a dual fundraising effort between the Detroit Atlas Collaboration and Peace Meal Kitchen. We had a delicious and exciting evening of mapmaking and conversation on food, it’s role in our cultural encounters, and it’s relationship to our identity! 

Participants were invited to share their personal tastes and favorite food from their Detroit community and print their food maps with the help of printmaker and founder of Detroit Atlas Collaboration, Lyz Luidens, while enjoying different dishes prepared by Peace Meal Kitchen, as well as a number of other FoodLab Detroit businesses. 

What is a Melting Pot(luck)?
A community potluck that gives everyone the opportunity to share a piece of their culture with the community. You can participate by bringing a dish to feed 4-6 people that is a reflection of your heritage and community inDetroit or enjoy food brought by other participants.

About the organizers & beneficiaries:

Peace Meal Kitchen is a low-profit organization dedicated to educating diners on regions that are either misrepresented by the U.S. media or are struggling with political conflict. The hope is to create awareness about the diverse range of cultures that exist within the Detroit community and initiate meaningful discussion regarding cultural misconceptions. In the spirit of their mission, the majority of profits from each event are donated to a non-profit dedicated to the betterment of citizens in the country/region of focus. Learn more at

Detroit Atlas Collaboration is a non profit collaborative art project, aiming to share and combine the art of printmaking and mapmaking with residents of Detroit and it’s surrounding communities! This project will consist of free and donation based printmaking classes in Detroit until October 2017, where participants will learn printmaking techniques and create prints of memory and experience based maps of Detroit with them. These maps will be handbound into books, Atlases of Detroit, at the end of the project. The Detroit Atlas Collaboration is funded by a Knight Foundation grant, and needs to raise matching funds to receive that grant. You can read more about it

The Arab American National Museum (AANM) is the first and only museum in the United States devoted to Arab American history and culture. Arab Americans have enriched the economic, political and cultural landscape of American life. By bringing the voices and faces of Arab Americans to mainstream audiences, we continue our commitment to dispel misconceptions about Arab Americans and other minorities. Since opening in 2005, the Museum has shed light on the shared experiences of immigrants and ethnic groups, paying tribute to the diversity of our nation

Freedom House Detroit is a temporary home for indigent survivors of persecution from around the world who are seeking asylum in the United States and Canada. Our mission is to uphold a fundamental American principle, one inscribed on the base of the Statue of Liberty, providing safety for those “yearning to breathe free.” In 2012 we became a formal partner in the Northern Tier Anti-Trafficking Consortium servicing victims of human trafficking.
Guided by our belief that all persons deserve to live free from oppression and to be treated with justice, compassion and dignity, we offer a continuum of care and services to our residents as well as to other refugees in need. We advocate for systemic change that more fully recognizes the rights of asylum seekers.

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