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With Food in Mind is cultivating future generations of art enthusiasts and healthier eaters, too. We do this through drop-in workshops, afterschool classes, and other educational programs for youth that provide equal parts art and food education. Our programs are guided by the belief that positive food choices begin with knowledge and that can be filtered through visual art to address two important issues at once: high rates of child obesity and challenges of access to art education in low-income communities and communities of color. As a nomadic organization, we partner with a wide range of other organizations and creative professionals to bring our programs to children and families 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 fifteen years experience working in art, food, and fitness. With Food in Mind 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 Brooklyn, NY where she continues to work 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. Our educational programs are designed to teach youth about palettes and palates at a crucial time in their lives—when their tastes are still developing. Teaching artists and food professionals provide children with multisensory learning experiences that include engaging lessons in art history, studio art, farming, cooking, and nutrition. Our 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. With Food in Mind youth programs include:

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    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. 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, 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 hands-on classes for adults are opportunities to obtain new knowledge or skills at the intersection of art and food. Classes include “Grow a Salad in Your Apartment,” in which students learn how to grow microgreens indoors and prepare them after they sprout; “Still Life iPhoneography,” a workshop in creating still lifes from fresh produce and photographing them with iPhone apps; and “Playing with Your Food,” an online course on DSLR food photography. Scroll down to “What’s Coming Up” to get information about upcoming classes.


    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. 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 your support.

What we do
Why We Do It

With Food in Mind is motivated first and foremost by national 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 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. Positive food choices begin with knowledge and that can be filtered through visual art—addressing two important issues at once. Read more →

Who We Love
What's Coming Up

Harlem Healthy Soul Festival

Harlem<br />Healthy<br />Soul<br />Festival

  Join With Food in Mind at the second annual Harlem Healthy Soul Festival at the Apollo Theater.

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Heights Community Farmers’ Market

Heights<br />Community<br />Farmers’<br />Market

  Bring the whole family for a fun day of kid-friendly activities at the Heights Community Farmers’ Market on Thursday, August 21! 

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  Workshops, panel discussions, and other events since 2012.

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