Mushroom City Art Festival Oct 1-4 2020

Mushroom City Art Festival Oct 1-4 2020

This year’s Mushroom City Art Festival hosted in connection with Bloom Baltimore is online!! That means you can attend from wherever you live. Head to their website to register and see the schedule. October 1-4, beaming to you from Baltimore on the East Coast of the U.S.

At Mushroom City Art Festival, you can experience mushroom foraging, nature art trail walks, lectures, live music, all ages art workshops, interactive art installations and more!!

Sculptures, paintings, film, and music inspired by this mysterious mycelial life form will be featured alongside hands on workshops and educational discussions revealing the many real world applications for mushroom cultivation in contemporary urban life. Mushroom City is also a space to build community aligned with and beside the wonders of our natural world.

This year’s festival theme:

Reciprocal restoration is the mutually reinforcing restoration of land and culture such that repair of ecosystem services contributes to cultural revitalization, and renewal of culture promotes restoration of ecological integrity. Based on the indigenous stewardship principle that ‘what we do to the land we do to ourselves’ restoration of land and culture are inseparable. This approach arises from a creative symbiosis between traditional ecological knowledge (TEK) and restoration science, which honors and uses the distinctive contributions of both intellectual traditions. Reciprocal restoration recognizes that it is not just the land that is broken, but our relationship to it. Reciprocal restoration encompasses repair of both ecosystem and cultural services while fostering renewed relationships of respect, responsibility, and reciprocity. All flourishing is mutual.” Dr. Robin Kimmerer ∞∞∞∞∞∞∞∞∞∞∞∞ #mushroomcityartfestival#mushroomcityvirtualartfestival2020#plantmedicine#reciprocalrestoration

Sunflower Spirals!

Sunflower Spirals!

Rhizae Renewal Collective (part of Bloom Baltimore) in collaboration with the 6th Branch (a veteran’s group) and with the support of Re-Build Johnston Square (community association) and grant funding from The Pollination Project are working to bioremediate a lead-contaminated lot which has 1200 ppm of lead in the soil. This is 4 times over the national safety standard of 400 ppm of lead. Sunflowers, however, are lead extractors and in combination with mycorrhizae (underground fungal root networks)- the plants and fungi make a powerful team! We are working to remediate this lot with sunflowers and mycorrhizae to build healthy relationships in the soil, which are the foundation for healthy community relationships above ground! Currently, we are in conversation with Re-Build Johnston Square to have a mural painted on the house next to the lot. This space holds the promise of being a yearly sunflower garden for residents! 


Robin Gunkel, Lead Organizer with Bloom Baltimore
Doctoral Candidate in Sustainability Education
Prescott College

Baltimore – Mushroom City presents: A Mother’s Day Foray/Soirée

Baltimore – Mushroom City presents: A Mother’s Day Foray/Soirée

Mushroom City Art Festival, the main project affiliated with Bloom Baltimore, presents a Mother’s Day Foray/Soirée! We will be hosting a foray followed by music & crankies in the chapel. This event is an all ages benefit to help us raise money for this year’s festival and to celebrate all mothers and Mother Earth! Recommended donation $10-$30. No one will be turned away for lack of funds.

At 3 pm Samantha Feld (The Mushroomworks) will be leading a foray beginning at the Nature Art Trail.

At 5 pm The Mole Suit Choir, Marian McLaughlin & Kim Moon will be performing in the chapel!

with Hemp Kettle Tea Company selling delicious drinks!