Do You Know Maple?

Sheila Novak

M.F.A. '25, Cornell AAP

Sheila Novak (she/they, b. 1990) is an interdisciplinary artist and curator living and working on Gayog̱hó:nǫ́ (NY), Massa-adchu-es-et (MA), and Očhéthi Šakówiŋ (MN) land. Currently enrolled at Cornell University, Sheila is pursuing her Master of Fine Arts Degree in Visual Creative Arts.

Sheila’s honors include the Creative Community Fellowship with National Art Strategies (2018) and Artist Residencies with Pao Art Center (2021), the Urbano Project (2020), Hennepin County Medical Center (2015-2017), and Holden Village (2014). Sheila received her B.A. in Studio Art and Environmental Science from St. Olaf College (2012).

A collective maple sugaring project, Do You Know Maple? invites community members to boil down maple sap to syrup alongside food scientists, art historians, foresters, indigenous storytellers, and others with unique insight into this important tree. While stirring the pot over a fire, a few hours of conversation will allow this cross-cultural and multi-disciplinary community to boil down ideas through fireside storytelling. To keep it fun, a few maple nymphs will pull pranks and share jokes while enjoying the stories as they are shared.

For those who are curious to learn more about the maple tree and the maple sugaring process, who want to connect to local foodways and culture, or who are just looking for some entertainment on a Saturday afternoon, this event is for you!

Do You Know Maple? is family-friendly and open-house style, so you can come and go as you please. The main event is on Saturday, March 23 from 1–4 pm, and will be followed by a community potluck 5 pm. Stick around to eat some fresh syrup! This event is hosted outdoors to allow for a campfire environment. A rain date is held for the following day, Sunday, March 24.  Please RSVP to get event updates.

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