The Fruity Pop Workshop is a pop-up educational experience that takes place at farmers’ markets, community centers, and other public spaces in low-income neighborhoods. Free to the public, the project is geared toward children aged 4–11 and aims to help them form healthier relationships to food through visual art and creative practices. Working collaboratively, a teaching artist and food educator show children how to make a “Fruity Pop”—a low-cost and healthier alternative to sugary sodas and fruit juices—and how to turn the leftover fruit scraps into art-making tools or works of art!
Artist Tattfoo Tan’s Nature Matching System Placemat, with its eighty-eight colors drawn from photographs of fresh fruits and vegetables at farmers’ markets, is used as a teaching aid to help children see connections between fresh produce and some basic building blocks of art, such as color, texture, and shape. Fruity Pop educators relay the message inherent in Tan’s object: a colorful diet is a healthy diet.
In 2015, The Fruity Pop Workshop was sponsored, in part, by the Greater New York Arts Development Fund of the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, administered by Brooklyn Arts Council (BAC).
What Participants Are Saying
“Tattfoo’s Nature Matching System Goes Fruity Pop,” Mold Magazine, 2013.
“Kids’ Day at the Heights Community Farmers’ Market,” BronxNet Television, 2014.