Urban camping: The S’mores vending cart
Good street food is a work of art and both will be on display tonight in front of the Urban Culture Project’s Paragraph Gallery. Between 6 and 9 p.m., the S’mores Cart raises funds and awareness for artists who want to help the community through public and interactive pieces.
The brainchild of Kurt Flecksing and Sean Starovitz, who met as undergraduates at the Kansas City Art Institute two
years ago (Starowitz graduates this May with a degree in
interdisciplinary arts), the cart uses an open, wood-burning fire attached to a rolling S’mores prep station.
“A S’more is a handmade, American DIY tradition — a backyard campfire tradition,” says Flecksing.
“I roast, he squishes marshmallows and chocolate together as I pull away the roasting sticks — we’ve perfected the art of making S’mores,” adds Starowitz.
The S’mores Cart is a fundraiser for the S’mores Grant, which is meant to support artists who are using shared public spaces and nontraditional approaches to call attention to social issues.
“We’re interested in public art — art that creates an environment as opposed to simply being a part of the traditional commercial environment,” says Flecksing.