Grant Recipient Details

Jamaica Plain, MA
Melissa Nussbaum Freeman | Red Sage Stories, Jamaica Plain, MA
Project Title
The Table/La Mesa: The Welcome Project
Fiscal Year Awarded
Grant or Program
Creative City Boston - Artist Grant
Grant Amount
  • June 15, 2017 | Performance | 6:00 PM
    Dudley Café | 15 Warren St, Roxbury, MA 02119
  • June 19, 2017 | Performance | 6:00 PM
    The Strand Theater | 543 Columbia Rd, Boston, MA 02125
  • June 24, 2017 | Performance | 11:00 AM -12:30 PM
    Nightingale Community Garden | 512 Park St, Dorchester, MA 02124
  • June 28, 2017 | ​Performance, Dudley Street Neighborhood Initiative Annual Meeting | 5:30 PM
    St. Patrick's Church | 10 Magazine St, Roxbury, MA 02119

The Table/La Mesa: The Welcome Project is a multi-faceted performative social engagement that invites community members to take a literal seat at a table – to share tea, a treat, and their own story related to being welcomed. The community ensemble Red Sage Stories, directed by Melissa Nussbaum Freeman, will then devise 30-45 min performances about being welcomed to be performed at these Table sites and at the Dudley Street Neighborhood Initiative’s annual meeting. At a time when racist and xenophobic acts are headlines, The Table/La Mesa offers an inclusive experience of being heartily welcomed in unlikely places. 

A women stretches out a green scarf towards the sky as a man and a woman watch while sitting on pedestals.
Photo by Maureen White
Melissa holds a mug in front of her while sitting in a gallery space.
Photo by Maureen White