As we began planning for the May Mash-Up, we had to come up with an objective and purpose for the event. After reviewing the things we learned about food, health, community, and social capital, we determined that our main objective for the night was to bridge gaps in the community and bring people together over food.
One of our very first concepts was an exquisite corpse. This was a way to weave two different perspectives together by having people come together and draw different parts of the same object while getting them thinking about healthy food. We started combining aspects of several of these ideas. We decided to make vegetable characters that kids could color and attach a recipe to the other side of the sheet. The purpose of this exercise was to help kids get excited about healthy foods, put their artwork on the refrigerator, and hopefully convince an adult to help them make the recipe. We tested the idea at Assemble. We learned that kids were less excited about “Rockin Radish” or “Zippy Zucchini” and more excited about the actual recipes. So the the next iteration included the recipe on the same side of the paper as the illustration.
As we thought more about the May Mash-Up event, we decided to create a scene where the community could imagine a cooking show in the space. The idea was to have kids decorate a recipe and then pretend to make it on a “Kids Cooking Show”. They could dress up as chefs and get their pictures taken with a cooking show backdrop. Post by Kaylee White (project partner Tamara Cartwright)