Hen Institute is a mobile chicken coop, inhabited by egg-laying chickens, that serves as a public art project, a classroom, and community space in Raleigh.
Hen Institute invites artists and community members to use the space as a curatorial framework to create artistic, community-based and educational programs.
It’s sponsored by the City of Raleigh and the Raleigh Arts Commission, as part of SEEK Raleigh.
Want to check it out? It will be at Raleigh City Farm, 800 N. Blount Street, Raleigh, from July 5th to August 8th, 2021.
Throughout the month there will be special events at the mobile chicken coop. Here are a couple that have been announced, but please check back soon for more.
Free Range Family Yoga at Raleigh City Farm
Saturday, July 31st, 2021
9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m.
$15 for a family with one child ($5 more for each additional child) Follow above link to register.
This activity is brought to you by the Triangle Families Explore Adventure Club, and benefits Raleigh City Farm. The event includes a 30-minute family yoga and movement class, followed by a story time and a take-home craft. The story and craft will be hen-themed, and participants will have the chance to meet and learn about the hens.
Alasitas – Chicken Manifestation — a sculptural installation at the Hen Institute
August 1st to 7th, 2021
Description, below, from Hen Institute:
Manifestation is ubiquitous in the span of our religious and cultural practices, an inherent product of innate desires and aspirations. Whether through action or belief, the practice of manifestation is supplemented through physical objects that serve as tools for visualization and focalization. One such cultural practice of manifestation is the month-long Alasitas festival in Bolivia.
Alasitas is a month-long festival that sells miniature embodiments of desired manifestations for offering and blessing to the Ekeko figure, the Bolivian God of Abundance. The blessings made to this figure would be promised to you in the coming year. The word Alasitas comes from one of the predominant indigenous languages, Aymara, meaning “buy me”. The festival is representative of the syncretism of both indigenous and Catholic tradition with the culture of modern-day consumerism and the overall fecundity of humanity. Probably the most representative figure of these notions sold at the festival is that of the chicken, traditionally representing love and abundance in the shape of a rooster or a hen.
Storytime with Chickens
Eggs-traordinary Storytime with Miss Melissa
Saturday, August 7th, 2021
Free (no registration required)
This activity is designed for toddlers. Enjoy chicken themed stories, songs and rhymes with local librarian, Miss Melissa. After the storytime, there will be a chance to observe the chickens in the coop. This event was originally scheduled for July 18th, but was rescheduled because of rain.