The Frank Highlights Food Insecurity and Social Isolation Through Arts Workshop Series Feed Your Soul


The Frank art gallery, in collaboration with Feeding South Florida, will spotlight food insecurity and social isolation with a series of “Feed Your Soul” workshops. Feed Your Soul will launch with a meet and greet with the teaching artists from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, September 14.

Feed Your Soul encourages residents, through interpretive arts activities, to be aware of their neighbors that are affected by social isolation and food insecurity. The Frank will bring art enthusiasts, families and residents together through a series of interactive art workshops. Community members are invited to The Frank onSeptember 14 to meet the artists, learn more about the workshops and register to participate. All workshop participants must be 18 years old or older.

“Feed Your Soul encourages residents to get involved in the community, joining together as neighbors to face the silent but serious challenges of food insecurity and social isolation,” said Holly Bonkowski, Pembroke Pines Division Director of Cultural Arts. “Participants of Feed Your Soul will have the opportunity to express their artistic side, share their story and invigorate the community collectively and as individuals.”

Under the guidance of accomplished arts professionals, Feed Your Soul will offer sessions in various arts disciplines. Space is limited.

Writing/Theater: Storyteller Matt Stabile will conduct a six-week story-telling program where participants will learn to write and perform a monologue. They will meet for 90 minutes on Tuesday evenings. Registration is on Tuesday, September 14 and Tuesday, September 26.

From 7 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, September 26, professional theatre artists will perform “Hunger,” which is open to the community.

Music: Attendees can participate in this one-time drum circle activity onSeptember 14 led by Just Add Rhythm.

Design: Jeff Huber will work with theatre artist Matt Stabile to obtain stories from monologue participants for use in the design and fabrication of the table to be installed as a public art piece at Fletcher Art and Culture Center.

Painting: Cushy Gigs will participate in this workshop by asking the community to conceptualize through drawing what social isolation and food insecurities is and how it has affected their lives. These drawings will be used a steppingstone for the concept of a large scale mural, which will be painted on Saturday, November 4 beginning at 9 a.m. The community is invited to assist in the painting of the mural at Pines Place Apartments in Pembroke Pines.

Feeding South Florida: Representatives from Feeding South Florida will be in attendance to discuss their organization and what contribution they will have with this project. A food drive is scheduled at Pines Place Apartments in Pembroke Pines for Saturday, November 4 at 9 a.m. for the local community.

“The art-rich atmosphere that Feed Your Soul fosters allows people to shed their insecurities, explore arts disciplines and create deeper connections with their neighbors and community,” added Bonkowski.

RSVP is requested to Feed Your Soul on September 14. Call 954.392.2129 or email thefrank@ppines.comto RSVP.

The Frank is located at 601 City Center Way in Pembroke Pines. Follow The Frank on Facebook and Instagram at The Frank Pembroke Pines.

About The Frank

The Frank is a two story art gallery named after Pembroke Pines Mayor Frank C. Ortis for his decades-long commitment to the cultural arts. The Frank art gallery will showcase multi-disciplinary inclusive exhibitions to foster connections, initiate cultural change and promote innovation. The gallery’s exhibition and learning space will serve as a site of convergence for artists, performers, thought leaders and community members to create partnerships for social engagement, leveraging the power of the arts to create a sense.

The Frank is located at 601 City Center Way Pembroke Pines, FL 33025. Stay connected and follow The Frank on Facebook and Instagram at The Frank Pembroke Pines. For more information, call 954.392.2129 or email:

Open Tuesday through Saturday, 11:00 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission charges are subject to change during special events. Times and dates for special events will be announced.

Funding for this organization is provided in part by Broward County Cultural Division, Culture Builds Florida, Hello Sunny-Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention Center and Visitors Bureau and National Endowment for the Arts.

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