Notes From Workshop #24: Food And Arts: A Marriage In The Public Market
JANUARY 26, 2016
FROM THE WORKSHOP ANNOUNCEMENT:
What kinds of installations, performances, and interactive engagement will work in the Boston Public Market/The KITCHEN?
What does, or could, a marriage between food and art look like?
Are there ways to incorporate into this new generation of activation other elements within the Trustees’ portfolio -- which now includes The KITCHEN -- of community gardens and open space?
Helping to frame up this brainstorming workshop were: John Vasconcellos, formerly Senior Regional Director, Boston and the Southeast, for The Trustees; Cheryl Cronin, CEO of The Boston Public Market; and Mackenzie Sehlke, Assistant Market Manager, Programming. This will be the start of a long-term initiative, and we’ll be announcing next steps at the workshop itself.
Workshop participant responses/recommendations, by category:
Outside: projections/light shows/lasers/lighted sculptures
Signature art piece: cf. BSA Green Staircase
Simple, but fun, signage
Need to communicate experience to those who may be interested (both in- and out-of-town)
Consider building’s visibility
Generate attention/curiosity via building mapping, projections, art
Lighting: opportunity for contemporary projection on exterior
3. Vendor engagement
Programming: vendors bring live music from their area/farm/town
Local music/local food
Screens in market with recipe ideas, based on specific ingredients from vendors
Branded bags with spaces for vendor-specific info stickers
4. Civic engagement
Outside “directional” interventions/art that lead people to the BPM/KITCHEN
Live streaming video of kitchen activities, visible in the market and/or on the street
Create a “community table,” instead of a buffet experience: people talk about their food experiences/share recipes/knowledge
Field trips: from schools to market, AND from market to schools, via truck/bus
Students study grocery/market layout, food production, entrepreneurship, design
Traveling empty school bus w/pop-up kitchen
Farm visits: sign up at Market
Culinary competitions: different age groups
Interview people: experience in the market; sound bites for media
Develop a BPM/Kitchen app, to include:
Storytelling (about vendors, farms)
Pop-up BPM/Kitchen-branded stall(s) to be placed in different communities
Community Garden “State Fair” – e.g., which garden has the best tomato?
Connect Market to:
5. Partnerships: “home-made food,” “home-made art”
Bring artists/artisans into Kitchen to demonstrate
Find out what surrounding groups/businesses/organizations do/need, and find a connection via the content of the Market/Kitchen.
Promote homesteading programming:
Canning, cheese-making, kombucha-making, candle-making, etc.
Give space over to craft market once/month or so, focused on food-farm-related items
Work with region-wide waterfront fish businesses, including fishermen/women
Competitions for all ages to make food art
Extend market and kitchen images/atmosphere/character into (throughout) other parts of the building
Kitchen doesn’t look inviting from street; looks like private space: make it look exciting
Both BPM and Kitchen need to be or feel “messier”
Make the street entrance the primary entrance
Activate the public/private perimeter – i.e., the outside edges around the building
Flowers, stands with produce, street performers, painted murals on sidewalks
Add art in hallway + lighting +vendor programming and art in hallway: call it Nourish
Art installation in hallway, changeable, a la Dewey Square
Overall, plan for/implement ongoing series of temporary installations throughout the two spaces