Nature Matching System commissioned by Empire State Partnerships for their Summer Seminar - Habit of the Creative Mind
The Empire State Partnerships Summer Seminar is designed to support partnerships between cultural organizations and schools which integrate the arts into the curriculum. Teachers, teaching artists and administrators will attend, whether or not their partnership receives funding from the New York State Council on the Arts.
Over 350 arts-in-education professionals will explore the theme, "Habits of the Creative Mind," through a variety of events: workshops, creativity labs, discussion groups, keynote address and plenary meetings. Seminar attendees also will have opportunities to meet with consultants and to plan for the upcoming year, as part of their team and with their regional network groups. I was invited as a professional artist to attend the Creativity Labs where I presented Nature Matching System in the form of edible art where they have a chance to work together to create a dish that can be enjoy and nourishes both the mind and the body.
Nature Matching System popsicle
What is better than a popsicle to indulge this summer? Now NMS is available as a fun popsicle. Bring your inner child out and try doing one yourself by simply freeze pure fruit juice or smoothies.
The Fruity Pop Workshop with Nature Matching System
With Food in Mind's new pop-up workshop roams New York City, teaching children aged 4-11 how to make healthy sodas with fruit from their local farmers market.
Commercial sodas and fruit juices containing high-fructose corn syrup and other additives play a big role in the childhood obesity epidemic. With Food in Mind believes that children who possess the skills to make their own beverages can lead healthier lives and positively influence the health of their families, friends, and neighbors. Taking the age-old lemonade stand as inspiration, we encourage Fruity Pop Workshop participants to set up soda stands in their communities, becoming artisans, entrepreneurs, and community changemakers in the process.
The Fruity Pop Workshop was developed in collaboration with New York-based artist Tattfoo Tan whose Nature Matching System Placemat, pictured above, is incorporated into the learning experience. Its colorful chart, based on Tan’s photographs of farmers market produce, serves as a reminder to consume our daily dose of color. The artist says, "These intense colors might even be called nature's nutrition labels."
The Fruity Pop Workshop will roam New York City this summer, popping up at Down to Earth farmers markets and other public spaces in low- and moderate-income areas. Children and parents are invited to join a group of artists, educators, and volunteers between 11am and 2pm for hands-on and delicious fun. There is no cost to participate.
Nature Matching System syllabus - Art, Food, and Community
The team: Jason Foggie, Jungone Cho, Jaimeson Daley, Ryland Heagerty, Daniel Blaushild, Becky Cohen, Stacey Lindbloom, Brian Luce, Victoria Lee