“Some people care too much. I think it’s called love.”
How do we show care for each other and for our communities? How can we teach others about care? Care is an integral value core to the CTRL+SHFT Collective community. In this activity, you’ll create your own recipe sharing what care means for you.
You can use things you have on hand; here are some ideas for different materials:
Find at least one other person to chat with. You can talk about your ideas, but you can also draw, sing, act out, or write.
Choose one (or more) of the questions below to discuss:
Using your conversation as inspiration, what are the objects, actions, feelings, people, animals, smells, or places that you will use to make your care recipe? You can have as many ingredients as you want, but try for at least three.
Using your art materials, you can write, draw, or otherwise represent your ingredients. Here are some example ideas:
Assemble your recipe using your ingredients. Your recipe can be a list, a drawing, a collage, or a photo series.
One of the best parts about recipes is sharing them with others. Will you tape your recipe to your window for your neighbors? Play your recipe for a loved one or friend in need? Enact one or more of your care ingredients?
We would love to see your recipes and try them out. When you’re finished, post a photo of your recipe to Instagram using the hashtag #RecipesForCare. If you would like your recipe shared with others, please email it to us at, firstname.lastname@example.org. or send a copy to CTRL+SHFT Collective, 1430 34th St, Oakland, CA 94608. We hope to gather recipes to create and send out (electronically) a shared cookbook of care to all who participate.