Death Over Dinner Event – Mel Day, openIDEO, and Manresa Gallery

Interdisciplinary artist and experimental designer Mel Day used the work of a group of healthcare and wellness leaders who were committed to breaking the taboo regarding conversations about the end of life. They launched the website and interactive adventure, “Let’s have Dinner and Talk about Death.” As a way to engage people on their varied viewpoints towards death, I commissioned Mel Day to host a Death Over Dinner at Manresa Gallery.  The dinner was designed to transform and empower seemingly difficult conversations about the unknown- about absence, ambiguity, and uncertainty-into an experience of generous engagement, radical empathy, and presence.  The event included various artists and community member.