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With Food in Mind operates at the intersection of food, visual culture, and social change. Because food is relevant to every living person, we believe that it is uniquely capable of engaging many different audiences in learning about the arts. We develop drop-in workshops, afterschool programs, and other educational programs that dynamically combine the two disciplines, fostering art and food appreciation. As a nomadic organization, we partner with a wide range of other organizations and creative professionals to bring our programs to low-income communities and people of color in New York City and beyond.


With Food in Mind was founded in 2012 by Nicole J. Caruth, a Jill-of-many-trades with over 15 years experience working in the art, food, and fitness industries. The organization affirms her ongoing commitment to art and health education, and personal belief that art can inspire social change. Caruth has written extensively about food in contemporary art and has been called one of the leading voices on the subject. Her writing has appeared in a range of publications including ARTnewsBig, Red & ShinyC MagazineGastronomicaNka: Journal of Contemporary African ArtPublic Art Review; the Phaidon Press books Vitamin D2 and Vitamin Green; and numerous exhibition catalogues. She resides in New York where she works as a writer, editor, and curator.

Who We Are
  • Youth Programs

    With Food in Mind is cultivating future generations of art enthusiasts and healthier eaters, too. We teach children about palettes and palates at a crucial time in their lives—when their tastes are still developing. Our programs, which are taught by practicing artists and food professionals, provided children with unique multisensory learning experiences that include engaging lessons in art history, studio art, farming, cooking, and nutrition. Teachers encourage children to look at art in new ways, make healthful food choices, think across disciplines, and act as agents for change in their communities. To learn more about our current youth programs, scroll down to “What’s Coming Up.”


    Currently in development, With Food in Mind’s artist-in-residence program brings together a practicing artist and a food professional to experiment and design innovative classes for youth. Our staff and consultants help artists in residence to merge their individual ways of thinking and creating into “digestible” lesson plans. We actively seek diversity in terms of artistic media, culinary experience, and cultural background. Residencies are by invitation only, though letters of interest are accepted and reviewed on a rolling basis. Acceptance into the artist-in-residence program is based on the quality of one’s work, a demonstrated interest in education, and the ability to communicate effectively, among other criteria. If you are interested in the program—or in teaching for us, generally—please email a one-page letter of interest to info [at] withfoodinmind [dot] org and use the subject line “Artists in the Kitchen.”

  • Adult Programs

    With Food in Mind’s adult programs offer opportunities to obtain new knowledge or skills at the intersection of art and food. Recent classes included “Grow a Salad in Your Apartment,” in which students learned how to farm indoors and cook with microgreens; “Still Life iPhoneography,” a workshop in creating still lifes from fresh produce and then photographing them with iPhone apps, such as Instagram; and “Playing with Your Food,” an online course on DSLR food photography. For information about upcoming programs, scroll down to “What’s Coming Up.”


    With Food in Mind aims to offer free and low-cost educational programs to youth living in low-income communities. We can only do this with your support. By making a cash donation, you are helping us to enrich the lives of children wherever our programs may travel. With Food in Mind is a sponsored project of Fractured Atlas, a nonprofit arts service organization. Contributions for the purposes of With Food in Mind must be made payable to Fractured Atlas and are tax-deductible to the extent permitted by law. PLEASE DONATE HERE. You can also help us meet our goals and reduce our budget by providing in-kind donations, such as pro bono professional services, free access to meeting facilities, art making materials, and cooking utensils. Our Amazon WISH LIST shows some of the materials we currently need. Please email info [at] withfoodinmind [dot] org if you require a receipt for your in-kind contribution. Thank you for supporting us.

What we do
Why We Do It

With Food in Mind is motivated first and foremost by rising rates of childhood obesity. In the United States, nearly one in three children are overweight or obese. The numbers are even higher in low-income areas and in communities of color. Nearly 40% of the children in African American and Hispanic communities are overweight or obese, placing them at greater risk for heart disease, cancer, diabetes, and other illnesses. Increased food education is necessary to combat these statistics.

Also affecting young people’s well-being is the growing scarcity of arts education programs. National data repeatedly suggests that the child groups most afflicted by obesity are the ones who also suffer disproportionally from cuts to K–12 public school arts education. Years of research show that arts education is closely linked to social and emotional development, academic achievement, civic engagement, and equitable opportunity. By engaging youth in our dynamic art and food program, we are cultivating future generations of art enthusiasts and healthier eaters, too.

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Who We Love
What's Coming Up

Prospect Park 10k

Prospect<br />Park<br />10k

Join With Food in Mind’s running team! We’re training for the Mother’s Day 10k in Prospect Park.

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Jamaica Harvest Festival

Jamaica<br />Harvest<br />Festival

With Food in Mind wraps up the first season of the Fruity Pop Workshop on Saturday, October 19 at the 12th annual Jamaica Queens Harvest Festival.

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Park Slope Farmers Market

Park<br />Slope<br />Farmers<br />Market

Bring the kids to the Park Slope farmers market at the Old Stone House on Sunday, September 29. We’ll be there from 11am to 2pm, teaching children how to make healthy sodas with farm-fresh fruit.

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See You, Tomorrow

See<br />You,<br />Tomorrow

Join us at Fort Greene Park on Sunday, September 15. We’ll be there to help celebrate Akihiro Ito‘s Tomorrow sculpture, and bid her farewell as she travels to her next home. 

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Hunts Point Farmers Market

Hunts<br />Point<br />Farmers<br />Market

Live in the Boogie Down? Drop by The Fruity Pop Workshop at the Hunts Point farmers market on Saturday, August 1. We’ll be there from 11am to 2pm.  

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Morningside Park Farmers Market

Morningside<br />Park<br />Farmers<br />Market

Join the Fruity Pop Workshop at the Morningside Park farmers market on Saturday, July 27, 11am-2pm.

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Jamaica Farmers Market

Jamaica<br />Farmers<br />Market

Drop by the Fruity Pop Workshop at the Jamaica (Queens) farmers market on Saturday, July 20. We’ll be there from 11am to 2pm.

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Cooper Park Farmers Market

Cooper<br />Park<br />Farmers<br />Market

On Sunday, July 14, With Food in Mind launches The Fruity Pop Workshop. Join us at the Cooper Park farmers market in East Williamsburg, Brooklyn. This new pop-up class teaches children how to make healthy sodas with fruit from their local farmers market.

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Making Art with Food in Mind

Making<br />Art<br />with<br />Food<br />in<br />Mind

With Food in Mind is thrilled to participate in the 2013 Just Food Conference. In our conference session artists will offer practical advice on using food as medium or material when working to foster social change.

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Still Life iPhoneography

Still<br />Life<br />iPhoneography

Art meets technology in this three-hour workshop for iPhone-owning food lovers. Students will style and shoot still life compositions and learn the tricks to creating delicious photographs.

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Two exhibitions to see this spring

Two<br />exhibitions<br />to<br />see<br />this<br />spring

  Two food + art exhibitions currently on view in the California Bay Area and the Dallas-Fort Worth vicinity highlight the ingenious ways that artists are depicting and working with food.

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What Learning Tastes Like

What<br />Learning<br />Tastes<br />Like

  With Food in Mind had an incredibly transformative year.   Thanks to the generous contributions we received last fall, we launched our first official youth program

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New Youth Program

New<br />Youth<br />Program

  With Food in Mind’s new pop-up, The Fruity Pop Workshop, roams New York City, teaching children aged 4-11 how to make healthy sodas with fruit from their local farmers market.  

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WFiM at TEDxGrandRapids

WFiM<br />at<br />TEDxGrandRapids

“People say that art saves lives, but really art is a tool that can help people help people.” —Nicole J. Caruth, Founder and Director, With Food in Mind

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We’re Growing

We’re<br />Growing

With Food in Mind is growing. Not only have we added this blog to our website, we’ve added two new people to our family! 

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