Art, food, well-being, and community! Viva La Cook!

Winter 2015 Artist-in-Residence Robert Karimi made a huge impact on McColl Center for Art + Innovation and Charlotte during his art residency.

As a performance artist, foodie, and activist, his community engagement was off the charts and filled our calendars with fun things to do in Charlotte. 

Karimi’s mission of cross-cultural cooking and promoting well-being—and creating fun and engaging ways to do both—was a source of constant nourishment for those he met and broke bread with during his time here.

He hosted dinners, a food competition, and food prep sessions at McColl Center with doctors, community activists, corporate leaders, school kids, Center staff, other artists, and everyone that stopped by during our Open Studio Saturdays.

Karimi also led two big events at the 7th Street Market in uptown Charlotte: Viva La Bicycle Parade + Progressive Food Party and Viva La Cook Triple Crown Grill Off + Food Wisdom Day. Each event brought out participants of all ages to prep, cook, and taste healthy food, learn about good eating habits, and ride bicycles through uptown Charlotte on a chilly Saturday morning.

See for yourself:



It was a residency we won’t soon forget. Thanks, Robert!