I’m Cary Umhau, Creative Director and Founder, and I welcome you to SPACIOUS! I’m simply the chief among equals of a team of people, including Co-founder and Cultural Catalyst Joey Katona, who are starting a movement that needs you!
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Of course you can follow us on Twitter or Facebook, but real community happens in person and, second best, through being one of the weekly email subscribers, for whom we reserve our best sources, ideas and shout-outs.Read More
The once-humble cupcake has had a nice long stay on the cool desserts list. I thought the bubble was going to burst, but it hasn’t. So SPACIOUS has jumped on the bandwagon, and we now have a SPACIOUS “state cupcake,” much like we have a “state dance,” a “state meal,” and a “state playlist.” We need all these things because SPACIOUS is a state; SPACIOUS is a “state of mind.” And all states have symbols (think “state bird of Florida”).
SPACIOUS celebrates our very own cupcake, created by Xiaolu Hou of 6 Bittersweets fame. Man, can she bake. And her website and food styling are gorgeous. And we’re proud to be collaborating with her.
The idea is that she created a juxtaposition of unusual flavors to represent the partnership and friendship between Joey Katona and me, an unorthodox relationship that we hope will encourage other in developing deep connections with those not obviously like them.
Things that don’t seem like they go together can sometimes be powerful combinations. Whom do you think you could collaborate with for fun and good things, perhaps someone not in your usual circles? Perhaps they are pomegranate to your red velvet, even. I’m getting ahead of myself. Read about the actual cupcake here in this excerpt from the order page of 6 Bittersweets:
Tangy, moist red velvet cake filled with tart pomegranate jelly and topped with silky smooth vanilla Swiss meringue buttercream frosting
We love what Xiaolu has conjured up. We’ll be ordering up more of these for future events, just as we continue — at SPACIOUS — to juxtapose unusual ideas, inviting people to events that they may not have experienced with people they may not usually meet. That’s our hallmark.
And we encourage you to explore your life’s version of unusual relationships and new tastes.
And order a bunch here (if you’re in the DC region)! If not, just enjoy Xiaolu’s beautiful blog.
Do “folks” really dress up like Eskimos for Christmas?
Does Richard Simmons wear that outfit to church and to the opera?
Can the cowboy and the farmer really be friends?
Has Elton John been waiting all these years to name a kid “Levon?”
When we see those we consider “downtrodden,” do we ever wonder who’s been treading?
Do fathers wake up in the night wondering if their adult children remembered to take the GPS on their trip (as mothers do)?
What’s Harriet the Spy doing now?
Did Elvis ever wear shorts?
What’s the world record for eating Krispy Kreme doughnuts? Oh, I found it: 48 doughnuts in 8 minutes. I think I can beat that.
And finally I wonder what you wonder about.
If/since SPACIOUS is a state of mind, it needs state symbols like any good state has — a state reptile, a state protein, or perhaps the more common state flag, state bird, or state dog.
Today we’re celebrating a SPACIOUS playlist that my partner Joey and I have co-created. Yes, it represents the weird combination that we are — 23 and 51 years old, respectively. And Joey is a love-to-go-to-shows sort of guy, and I am a love-to-get-to-bed-early-to-read gal.
Perhaps you can figure out who contributed which songs from the songs themselves or from the descriptions:Read More
What do you want to do before you die?
Art installation walls asking that question are popping up around the world. D.C. is sporting one down near Logan Circle at 14th & Q Streets, NW. You can read about it in The Washington Post.
I’ve loved visiting; I went twice in the first three days. It’s such a joy to see the connections made between people who are simply stopping by to add something or to read the entries. And it’s fascinating to read what people are writing.
I love it that the Post article says that the D.C. one is more multi-lingual than others and that we are a bunch of do-gooders. Not a shock. I love my gloriously intense city.Read More
Emily Wax of the Washington Post has more or less written my blogpost for me today. Because how can I improve on her story about SPACIOUS and other cool organizations that are advocating and facilitating play!?
We’re definitely about recess. Add to that a desire that people are known deeply, that we banish “us and them” thinking, that we realize our creativity and practice generosity, and that’s what SPACIOUS is about.
Thanks to Emily Wax and to photographer Evy Mages (and to our friend Mitko Gerensky for his video of our pie fight at our recent adult recess day).
It’s so much fun to be featured in the Post, and we’re already seeing new connections and new relationships develop as a result. That’s what it’s all about!Read More
If I’d met you when you were three, what would I have been able to predict about your future loves and passions? Because the clues were likely there.
I’m a big believer that we are most ourselves in elementary school and the young years, and that, sadly, we then often go off in directions of people pleasing, familial expectations, and “shoulds” and thus move away from what we were made to do.
My own theology includes the idea that we were each prepared with good works to do, and it sure makes sense to me that the things we’d do in the world, the beauty we’d create, the gifts we’d exercise for the flourishing of our culture… well, it makes sense to me that those would develop organically from the raw material of US.Read More
Many of you simply read our blog. And a “thank you” is in order. But there’s so much more to SPACIOUS than the blog that I wanted to take the opportunity to fill you in on who and what we are if you only know our blog.
SPACIOUS came about after years of dreaming and praying. I’ve long wanted to do something radical that does nothing less than create the space for people to reimagine the worth of everybody they run into and to begin experiencing more freedom in life, more love, more connection, more of everything.
In an increasingly complex world, people tend to insulate themselves with people like themselves and take in information from only the sources they agree with. Yet at the same time, people idealize globalization and yearn for one, connected society.
The Internet is where we spend much of our time. That creates an illusion of unity, logistically keeping us connected to far-flung people while at the same time isolating us and preventing in-person connecting, even with our friends, much less people we wouldn’t normally meet.Read More