Youth Food Lab

Youth Food LabUPDATE:  The Youth Food Lab public event scheduled for June 7, 2013 at the Union Square Greenmarket, is being RE-SCHEDULED due to Tropical Storm Andrea.  Stay tuned! Tracy Candido, in collaboration with young people and staff from The Door, gives a public demonstration of cooking skills learned in recent workshops that were a knowledge exchange between LBGTQ food professionals and LBGTQ youth. Come share in the fruits of their experience with delicious snacks and delectable conversation.

The Youth Food Lab is a project in service of positive social change in the LGBT teen community.  Blurring the lines between art, politics, and daily life, the Youth Food Lab is a series of workshops for LGBTQ teens that use food and creativity as vehicles for personal growth and transformation. The Youth Food Lab is a response to the anti-bullying campaign, “It Gets Better," recognizing that change will come with time.  My desire is to empower LGBTQ youth now, using and understanding food as a revolutionary tool for individual health and vitality and for the strength of their community.

The Youth Food Lab will bring together NYC’s LGBTQA culinary and agricultural experts, including chefs, farmers, food journalists, restaurateurs, food artists and activists to teach workshops about topics such as sustainable food, cooking with healthy recipes, food history and cultural traditions, food journalism and photography, and sustainable agriculture.  The Youth Food Lab will aid in introducing LGBTQ teens to the queer food world in NYC, to help them see a future in creative food through positive and affirming role models.

About 2012 Fellow Tracy Candido:

Tracy Candido is a cultural producer and designer that creates public projects ranging from highly participatory artworks to social events. Candido’s work focuses on the intersection of visual culture, social networks, gastronomy and pedagogy.  She sees her work as crafted experiences that use objects and traditions of the everyday to analyze the politics and practices of our world.  Candido has presented public projects in and around NYC, including at the Whitney Museum of American Art and at the New Museum; curated interdisciplinary exhibitions and public programs for Chashama, New York University and Secret Project Robot; and worked at various arts and cultural institutions to develop and implement special projects, public programs, and exhibitions.  As a museum educator, she has developed and taught educational programs at the Brooklyn Museum and the International Center of Photography.  She is also a founding editor of 127 Prince, an online journal about socially engaged art, where she edits the occasional column titled "Instructions For Eating" featuring artists' experimental food essays. She has also facilitated extensive research on the history of participatory art and actively studies new scholarship in the field, contributing texts to, NYFA Current and Culturehall.  Candido holds a Master’s Degree from New York University in Visual Culture Theory and a Bachelor’s Degree in Visual Media Arts with a focus on film and video production from Emerson College.