The Welcome Project was selected as the partner organization as part of United Way's 'The Shift" program, entitled 'Cincinnati's Table'. The Cincinnati's Table project aims to bridge relationships within neighborhoods including but not limited to helping immigrants connect with each other and their neighbors through shared meals.
Welcome will implement one meal per month for 13 months across Cincinnati. Each meal will revolve around a theme or focus (such as peace-making, introductions, diaspora, etc.), which will be introduced by a local artist through an interactive artwork or installation, and also strengthened by food cooked by both a long time Cincinnati native from each neighborhood as well as by an immigrant or refugee, to best start conversations across many groups and bridge divided within our city.
This series of meals will begin in late October at Tikkun Farm in Mt. Healthy with the theme of "repair/restore", featuring the cooking of a Palestian neighbor as well as the work of artist Denise Burge. In October 2019, the final meal will be a pot-luck and will also be the reveal of a culminating cook book that features all of the chefs, artists, and organizations that partook in this year-long project.