Viernes (Friday) 02 de Septiembre (September) del 2016

Week 9 


Well, we should have seen it coming, “elotes" are now becoming the latest trend around various culinary endeavors. We’re so happy to see a crop that holds so much history and purpose resurface with that memory.




One of our first customers of the day was community member Phil. As he walked towards the elotes cart, he paused in his tracks to admire the sculpture saying, “It seems to finally be coming to life”. The sculpture is  acquiring such a distinct spirit that a young girl around the age of three walked up to the sculpture  greeting it with a “hello!” repeatedly. Her father knelt down encouraging her to stand in front of the “people" to snap a photo. “She started waving hello to the sculpture from down the path” said the father. Perhaps its the intention that the art piece was created with that illuminates it.


Today, Jason Fitz-Gerald graced us with his beautiful drum as he played the rhythms to La Danza del Permiso (The permission dance) as Veronica Robles taught the dance moves to various people at the Farmer’s Market. The dance is an ode to Mother Earth for permission to eat elotes that she nourishes. Although it is a straightforward dance, the majority of the moves include jumping continuously. People had beads of sweat running down their faces, but with a smile and determination completed the full dance with success. We like to call it the Dancing Elotes Experience - eat,  dance, sweat, art.


Later in the afternoon, Fitz-Gerald shifted his rhythms towards an accompaniment for community activist and artist C.D. Storm as he performed a spoken word  honoring the Ladies of East Boston. "The men of East Boston, we honor you women. We thank our Dear Lord for a wonderful Queen”, he passionately expressed to the crowd.


As the commotion from the spoken word simmered,  children ran to the art table where Cancun Business owner, Irene,  set up a hand painting opportunity. In the midst of it all, fellow farm stand seller Lang lingered around the elote cart. “ I see everyone walking around with corn in their hands and I thought, man  I guess i need to get one too”, he said. He said he would come back later to receive the classic elote shirt stain, a badge of dedication in our eyes.


As the Farmer’s Market started winding down, and everyone started cleaning up we realized that it is already September. It has been two months full of learning, memories, sharing, inspiration. But the best of the   Dancing Elotes Experience is just beginning.


Just as we were cleaning up, Lang passed by the stand with dollar coins requesting an additional three elotes to take home after his original one. “It’s so good. 100% good. If i didn’t like it I would tell you. It just makes your want to eat more, addicting”.



This project was made possible with funding by the New England Foundation for the Arts' Creative City Grant, with funding from The Barr Foundation.

Written by Chantelle Bacigalupo

Photos by Chantelle Bacigalupo

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