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Creativity Kitchen in Jackson Public Schools

Mississippi Museum of Art and Jackson Public Schools announce

Creativity Kitchen: Chef Inspired Cuisine for Healthy Scholars

Partnership led by Chef Nick Wallace brings culinary arts, nutrition, into local schools

(Jackson, Miss…) Jackson Public Schools, the Mississippi Museum of Art, and the Museum’s Executive Chef and Culinary Curator Nick Wallace announce Creativity Kitchen, an initiative designed to spark excitement and education about eating and preparing healthy food in middle school cafeterias. The program will be piloted in two Jackson Middle Schools, Blackburn Laboratory Middle School and Powell Middle School, before rolling out in a wider launch to more middle schools around the city.

The purpose of Creativity Kitchen is to connect culinary arts, nutrition education, and creativity to engage students, staff, families, and the community to foster the desire in students to eat well, eat fresh, and enjoy the process of preparing healthy meals. Through the partnership, JPS students, staff, and supporters will be exposed to the fruits of culinary...

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Posted on Monday, January 25, 2016 by MMA

Chef’s Eye - Marie Hull’s Watermelons

See more in our Chef’s Eye series, where Executive Chef and Culinary Curator unearths culinary inspiration in the galleries of the Museum.

Coming around the corner in the Marie Hull exhibition, I was delighted to confront a painting of one of my favorite naturally occurring treats, the watermelon. When I look at this painting by Hull - Rinds, painted in 1947 - I see a world of stories. You’ll notice the bite marks – whoever was eating the watermelon took it all the way down to the rind.

That’s how we did it as kids. Watermelons were the perfect Saturday snacks. The whole family would sit outside on a picnic table eating and there wouldn’t be a napkin in sight. It’s all about getting up close and personal with the food. Eating every bit, and spitting the seeds out on the ground.

I always get a kick out of eating watermelons because it’s food play. And play is so important in...

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Posted on Monday, January 4, 2016 by MMA