In Arugula! Arugula! an artist and a chef work together to take families on an exploration of greens, from soil to stomach. While children build portable arugula farms in recycled containers, parents learn how to prepare a delicious arugula dish. Based on the work of Brooklyn artist Jenna Spevack, Arugula! Arugula! was created for The Laundromat Project's 2012 eco-art festival, "Greening the City," hosted by Weeksville Heritage Society. The program also featured Community Chef Melissa Danielle.
Jenna Spevack is an artist living and working in Brooklyn. She holds an MFA in Painting/Printmaking from the Rhode Island School of Design. Using drawing, installation, digital media, and permaculture design, her recent work focuses on resilience in the shifting natural and social-political environments. Her work has been shown by local art spaces, including Hendershot Gallery, White Columns, Art in General, Artists Space, Monya Rowe Gallery, and Mixed Greens; and at venues in Beijing, Budapest, and Zurich. Spevack is recipient of numerous grants, residencies, and fellowships. Her work has been recognized by the New York Times The Daily News, and New York Arts, among others. She is tenured Associate Professor of Creative Media at the College of Technology at the City University of New York.
Melissa Danielle is a health coach, yoga instructor, good food guide, and self-proclaimed know-it-all intersecting food, farming, wellness, and community.