Warm Cookies of the Revolution is a non-profit organization founded by Evan Weissman. His civic health club is a place “where you go to exercise your Civic Health, a measurement of how well we participate in our community as citizens.” Through a series of interactive happenings that blend music, poetry, comedy, speakers, art, food and his trademark at every event, warm cookies, he aims to connect communities and civic responsibility in an engaging, fun and offbeat way.
Evan Weissman calls his Warm Cookies of the Revolution a “civic health club.” What better place to stretch your community-minded muscles than its ‘hood-hopping Stompin’ Ground Games?
In 2013, Evan Weissman wanted to spur Denverites to civic action. So he cooked up Warm Cookies of the Revolution, a “civic health club” that uses quirky public events with speakers, entertainment and snacks to encourage citizens to actively engage with their community. The events have been laid-back and social in nature, and often feature a comedic bent, such as Civic Stitch ‘N Bitch or Sunday School for Atheists.
Warm Cookies of the Revolution, a civic health club, is the Denver Art Museum’s current creative-in-residence.
“You go to a gym to exercise your physical health, a religious institution to exercise your spiritual health, and a therapist to exercise your mental health. Warm Cookies of the Revolution helps you exercise your civic health,” said Evan Weissman, founder of the organization.
“A neighborhood Olympics… in the name of civic pride.” That’s how Evan Weissman, who founded the Denver “civic health club” Warm Cookies of the Revolution, describes his latest project. The “Stompin’ Ground Games” is a friendly competition with no losers and no winners. A twist on Denver’s urban development debates, it tours to a different community each month, showcasing arts and culture while exploring that area’s history.
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Molina is the Live Scribe for Warm Cookies of the Revolution’s Stompin’ Ground Games, a monthly event series that highlights Denver’s historic neighborhoods. Four Mile Historic Park was featured in November 2015, dedicated to storytelling.
In a land known for its craft beer and craft herb, it can sometimes be hard to find entertaining stuff to do when you are constantly being asked for your ID.
But the good news is, there are still plenty of opportunities to check out a local band, learn a new hobby, hear a sordid tale, and/or have a good laugh…you just need to know where to look.
Peep the list below for a variety of stuffs to do and feel free to add anything that’s missing in the comments section. Have fun!
Warm Cookies of the Revolution – Civically minded community events, featuring local artists, musicians, lecturers, nonprofits, DIY activities, and sometimes even soup. Most events are FREE or donation-based.
Janae Burris, Jordan Doll, Timmi Lasley and Nathan Lund interwove the ins and outs of four big issues – homelessness, immigration rights, queer history and housing alternatives – faced by the community in Denver’s Capitol Hill into special routines at this month’s Stompin’ Ground Games session, hosted by Warm Cookies of the Revolution at the Grant-Humphreys Mansion. Oh, and there were doughnuts! All photos by Ken Hamblin.
Evan Weissman thinks every neighborhood in Denver is important. That’s the point of his 3-year-old nonprofit group, Warm Cookies of the Revolution, a “civic health club” that uses quirky public events with speakers, entertainment and, yes, warm cookies to fire people up about issues in their community.
“I really want human beings to win, and I’m deadly serious about that,” said Weissman, 37, a co-founder of Buntport Theater Company and instructor at Colorado College. “And the more I look at it, the more I realize that smashing together fun, weird, creative things is the best way to do it.”
Founder Evan Weissman, who also directs the civic health club Warm Cookies of the Revolution, will take the monthly event to 11 other neighborhoods starting in October.
“We have to know these stories, where we’ve been, the struggles and victories of the past, and what the culture is now, how it is changing, and who has a say in what the future is going to be like,” Weissman said. “We want to create a space where diverse groups of people can come and strengthen bonds and to get people who typically aren’t engaged in civic issues to get involved.”
Evan Weissman talks about civic health, engagement, creative revolution, and how his Warm Cookies of the Revolution is trying to encourage those things. Building on his success founding Buntport, Evan wanted to help artists and activists better engage in their city. The solution he settled on was Denver’s first “Civic Health Club” and the promise of warm cookies. He calls it “Warm Cookies of the Revoution”.
The central idea is that while people go to gyms to exercise physically or sacred places to exercise spiritually, we’re missing the ability to exercise our ability to take part in our city in a way that contributes to our personal and civic health. Evan will talk with us about Warm Cookies of the Revolution and how we can all get in better civic shape.