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Jay Shells w/ Bun B for "Rap Quotes" project/ Rock The Bells Festival via Metra PR for use by 360 Magazine

Rock The Bells Festival

Rock The Bells, the global lifestyle brand and preeminent voce for classic and timeless Hip-Hop founded by LL COOL J, announces it has partnered with New York native street artist, Jay Shells, for a special Rock The Bells Festival themed edition of his viral “rap quotes” project.  

The project first launched in 2013, where multi-disciplinary artist, Jay Shells, began installing over thirty street signs with lyrical references to Hip-Hop songs at their appropriate NYC location. The project helped highlight Hip-Hop’s deep rooted connection to the streets, places and neighborhoods that fueled the creativity and lyrics behind the music. Over the past 9 years, the Rap Quotes project has expanded to other Hip-Hop hotbeds featuring iconic quotes from rap legends across Philadelphia, Los Angeles, Houston and Atlanta.

Last week, Jay Shells brought the “Rap Quotes” project back to New York City, in celebration of Black Music Month and the forthcoming Rock The Bells Festival, where he will post iconic quotes from the full Rock The Bells lineup which includes MC’s LL COOL J, Ice Cube, Rick Ross, Lil’ Kim, Cam’ron, Jim Jones and Juelz Santana from The Diplomats, Fat Joe, Remy Ma, Jadakiss, Scarface, Trina, N.O.R.E, Ladybug Mecca & Butterfly  Digable Planets and Roxanne Shanté. The Rap Quote street signs can be found across New York City, while they last. 

“The Rap Quotes campaign has become a creative journey that’s allowed me to discover a deeper understanding and connection to some of my favorite Hip Hop artists by providing additional context to their lyrics,” says artist Jay Shells. “I’m excited to be working with Rock The Bells during Black Music Month to celebrate the festival lineup and showcase their lyrics around New York City. As long as Hip Hop artists keep making new music, this public art campaign will never be done, and I’m excited to bring it to life in new and unique ways with partners that share the same vision.”

Rock The Bells Festival is a day-long celebration of Hip-Hop culture taking place Saturday, August 6, 2022, in Queens, New York – the week of Hip-Hop’s anniversary (August 11th). The experience will feature live performances, interactive experiences, art exhibits, food, fashion and much more.  

Tickets for the ROCK THE BELLS FESTIVAL are available for purchase  at HERE. For every ticket sale, Rock The Bells will donate partial proceeds to the Universal Hip-Hop Museum in the Bronx whose mission is to celebrate and preserve the people, artifacts, and stories that echo from 1973 to the present.  

ABOUT ROCK THE BELLS

Rock The Bells is a global platform elevating Hip-Hop culture from its roots to modern-day. Founded in 2018 by LL COOL J, Rock The Bells focuses on content, experiences, and commerce that honor the timeless elements of Hip-Hop (MC’s, DJ’s, B-Boys and B-Girls, Writers [aka graffiti artists], etc.) that drive mainstream culture today. Visit HERE, stream LL COOL J’s Rock The Bells Radio on SiriusXM (Ch. 43) and follow @RockTheBells.

Trina rap quotes for "Rap Quotes" project/ Rock The Bells Festival via Metra PR for use by 360 Magazine
Jay Shells for "Rap Quotes" project/ Rock The Bells Festival via Metra PR for use by 360 Magazine
Fat Joe rap quotes for "Rap Quotes" project/ Rock The Bells Festival via Metra PR for use by 360 Magazine

Village Voice × Goldco

Founded in 1955, the Village Voice was the nation’s first alternative newsweekly and maintains their high-spirited, and passionate journalism today to give its readers the latest local, national and entertainment news.

Village Voice’s mix of in-depth newswriting and reporting provides readers with a unique look at New York’s vibrant culture and this indispensable perspective has earned them three Pulitzer Prizes, along with many other notable awards.

They have now published a detailed Goldco review, which highlights how the gold IRA company has earned its reputation as the best overall precious metals company, due to its great customer service, low fees and large selection of highly rated customer reviews.

Receive The Gold Standard At Goldco

At the Village Voice you can find their Goldco Precious Metals review which not only features the company’s important pros and cons that you should consider, but also provides you with what investing in a gold IRA (Investment Retirement Account) entails, including the minimum investment cost and the selection of other precious metals (such as, silver, platinum and palladium) that you can invest in.

Goldco was founded in 2006 and is a very well-established, full-service gold and precious metals company based in Woodland Hills, California. They specialize in precious metals IRAs and are an excellent company if you are considering a gold IRA rollover or want to establish a new gold IRA.

With their business model and relationships built wholly on trust, as well as the rapport between their gold and silver experts and their clients, you can be assured that you will receive expert advice, including videos and e-books, to help you build up the perfect precious metals portfolio to reach your financial goals.

As shown in the in-depth review by the Village Voice at https://www.villagevoice.com/2022/05/10/goldco-review/, Goldco has received an A+ BBB rating with the Better Business Bureau and a Triple A rating from the Business Consumer Alliance that are based on positive reviews from customers regarding ethical business practices and reliability. On top of these impressive ratings, Goldco also has over 600 reviews and 4.8/5 stars on Trustpilot that supports their excellent customer service and commitment to protect your IRA for a long time.

Investing in gold and other precious metals can diversify and stabilize your portfolio, help protect your income when you retire and safeguard your investment capital from stock market volatility and runaway government spending.

Along with these positives in precious metal investing, there are several key benefits in choosing Goldco as your gold IRA company, such as:

  • Client Focused – Compared to other precious metal IRA companies, Goldco places emphasis on educating their clients on precious metal investment by supplying educational materials and professional advice, so that you can make an informed decision. Not only this, but their knowledgeable team will listen to your financial goals and work together with you to help select the best investment to suit your specific needs.
  • Wide Range of Precious Metals – By offering a wide range of different precious metals, from gold, silver, palladium to platinum, Goldco can advise you on which will be the most advantageous metal to maximize your investment.
  • Experience – Goldco has been working with gold and silver IRAs for over 15 years and use this experience to stay on top of market trends and offer reliable and expert advice to their clients.
Lola Brooker is chosen to be in campaign for Foot Locker NYC & Converse via Foot Locker NYC for use by 360 MAGAZINE

FOOT LOCKER NYC × CONVERSE

In celebration for Black Music Month, Foot Locker NYC, in partnership with Converse, has selected Brooklyn-born artist Lola Brooke for their latest campaign, ‘Create Next.’ Launched earlier this month with an accompanying photoshoot, freestyle, and interview feature, ‘Create Next’ showcases the next class of rising champions poised for success in many dimensions from New York. Watch the official launch video for ‘Create Next’ HERE. Watch Lola’s freestyle HERE.

Foot Locker NYC furthermore shares, “Packed into Brooklynite raptress Lola Brooke petite frame are all the makings of the music world’s next superstar: a boisterous personality, the versatility to carve her space in any creative medium; and above all, the lyrical ability to hold her own against any competitor. Lola is one of Brooklyn’s finest, coming up as one of the NEXT big rappers in the game.” 

Lola has made tremendous gains for her artistry receiving international recognition for her distinctive appeal. Earlier this year, Lola made waves with her viral freestyle on Charlie Sloth’s Fire In The Booth‘ series. Watch HERE. Lola’s recent AMPD Official performance, released last month, where she geniously flips Sisqo’s “Thong Song,” further attests to her star quality. Watch HERE.

Lola is set to make her Rolling Loud NYC debut on September 23, 2022.

About Lola Brooke

Packed into Brooklynite raptress Lola Brooke’s petite frame are all the makings of the music world’s next superstar: a boisterous personality, the versatility to carve her space in any creative medium; and above all the lyrical ability to hold her own against any competitor. As the Hip-Hop world finally begins to make space for female artists, Lola Brooke not only stands out in a sea of interchangeable newcomers; she also has the self-awareness to recognize that she is still discovering herself as a young woman, and the confidence to let that self-discovery play out in her music. The resulting relatability allows her to connect with a fan base that will continue to grow with her.

Discovering Hip-Hop in her early teens, Lola was instantly drawn to this new take on poetry, the artform that had allowed her to navigate the challenges of adolescent life. She quickly made a name for herself on New York’s unforgiving freestyle circuit, drawing the attention of producer Reefa Slater, who signed her to his newly formed Team 80 imprint in 2016.

Lola Brooke’s steady flow of releases and charismatic personality helped her to continue to grow her fanbase. The outcome with over a Million streams across 91 countries, on Spotify alone. As with several of her previous releases, her music has also caught the attention of the press, several of her music industry peers and even some of the OGs who have inspired Lola over the years: including Snoop Dog and Foxy Brown.

Lola has been hard at work and it is paying off with several videos in BET Jams rotation, appearances on Sirius XM’s Shade 45 Grindsetters, being ranked on Audiomack’s Artists To Watch, and being recognized on the coveted Spotify RapCaviar list and RapRadar.

VOICE × NFT.NYC

Team Voice on stage

Voice’s Director of Partnerships & Artist Relations, Eliza Fish, talked about our focus on environmentally responsible NFTs. On a different stage, the CEO of Voice Salah Zalatimo discussed the future of NFTs, and the CTO William Anderson spoke about the future of digital art. 

Voice x Street Theory collection drop

Voice’s community showed up in full force to celebrate an incredible collection, with beats by DJ Center and gorgeous displays of each artwork.

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Meet the Voice NFT Partner Studio

Voice’s booth welcomed steady traffic throughout the week, as they met members of the broader NFT community to discuss their platform and partnerships. The highlights: giving away succulents (and earning ourselves a nickname of “the plant booth”), meeting Voice artists IRL, and airdropping free NFTs to everyone who stopped by. 

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About Voice

Voice is an NFT platform that is carbon neutral, easy to use and multi-chain compatible. At Voice, we believe that NFT technology will change the internet by introducing verified ownership to our digital world. We’re building a way for digital art to be collectible. 

Jennifer Jolley Joins Into A College via Lehman College for use by 360 MAGAZINE

Lehman College

After an extensive national search, Lehman College of the City University of New York will welcome internationally-renowned composer and conductor Jennifer Jolley to the Music, Multimedia, Theatre, and Dance faculty in August 2022. Jolley will be joining Lehman as an assistant professor of music theory and composition, teaching music theory, composition, orchestration, form and analysis.

Her works have been commissioned and performed by ensembles worldwide. This summer, her piece March! will be performed at the 2022 World Association for Symphonic Bands and Ensembles Conference in Prague, Czech Republic, and the Seogwipo Philharmonic Wind Orchestra in Jeju, South Korea.

Jolley has been composer-in-residence at multiple institutions and promotes composer advocacy through her articles for NewMusicBox and I CARE IF YOU LISTEN. Additionally, she sits on the Executive Council of the Institute for Composer Diversity and the New Music USA Program Council.

“I am so excited to join the faculty of Lehman College,” Jolley said. “I hope to build and grow the music department and champion its work promoting social justice, diversity and inclusion.”

Jason Noble, who chaired the search committee, called Jolley a change-maker and leader in the field.

“Our Lehman College family has gained a dynamic new member who will help lead us forward into unknown and exciting spaces,” said Noble.

Dr. Jolley received degrees from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music (DMA & MM composition) and at the University of Southern California’s Thornton School of Music (BM composition). She has been a member of the composition faculty at the Interlochen Arts Camp since 2015. She previously held positions at Texas Tech University and Ohio Wesleyan University

About Lehman College

Lehman College, CUNY has ranked among the top five institutions in the nation for fostering social mobility. A four-year Hispanic-Serving Institution in the Bronx, it offers bachelor’s, master’s, and advanced degrees and certificate programs in the Liberal Arts, sciences, and professions. The College’s community-driven mission and notable academic programs attract a diverse, international enrollment of over 15,000 students who take courses on its 37-acre, tree-lined campus and in its online degree programs. Many thousands more community members benefit yearly from its active cultural, educational, health, and economic outreach programs and services. 

Although the College is teaching-focused, faculty at Lehman are active in research, scholarship, creative work, and public engagement. Service to the college, university and community is highly valued, as is a strong commitment to the success and wellbeing of Lehman students.

For more information about Lehman College’s Department of Music, Multimedia, Theatre & Dance program visit: HERE

For more information on Jennifer Jolley, visit: HERE

Daniel Carrera student at P.S. 090 Horace Mann in Queens.

A LEGOLAND® VACATION

Mrs. Nanjad got a well-deserved teaching break from, of all people, a student, and some LEGO® Bricks. Daniel Carrera, the recent winner of the Mini Master Model Builder competition at LEGOLAND® Discovery Center Westchester and a 5th-grade student at P.S. 090 Horace Mann in Queens, gave a mini LEGO building lesson about how to create graduation-themed LEGO® models.

LEGOLAND® Discovery Center Westchester donated hundreds of LEGO® bricks to help Carrera teach the class of 25 about building special items for their 5th-grade graduation. They created a name badge, apple, pencil, and notebook as part of the special fun session, giving Mrs. Nanjad a well-deserved break to enjoy seeing one of her students become a budding LEGO® builder. On top of it all, LEGOLAND Discovery Center Westchester surprised each student with the new Summer Play Pass so they can keep building, creating, and playing for the rest of the year at the attraction. The summer play pass will launch this weekend for the general public to purchase. $39.99 for admission Sunday – Friday until Dec 31, 2022.

Daniel is also competing to become the North American Mini-Master Model Builder. New Yorkers looking to support their local Mini-Master Model Builder can vote to start tomorrow at 9:00 AM, Jun 22, through Monday, Jun 27, at noon at LEGOLAND Discovery Center Westchester’s Facebook page. The votes will be combined with Master Model Builders at all LEGOLAND Discovery Centers to decide the winner. Daniel thanks you for your support and hopes the first-ever North American Mini-Master Model Builder will reside in New York

YellowHeart and NFT.NYC partnerships for 2022 Conference via Cryptoland PR for use by 360 MAGAZINE

YELLOWHEART × NFT.NYC

YellowHeart, the NFT marketplace for ticketing, music, and community tokens, which accepts both crypto and credit card payments, has announced that it will be the official NFT ticketing sponsor of the upcoming NFT.NYC awards ceremony on June 21 at New York Marriott Marquis. The awards mark the pinnacle event of the three-day festival, which is projected to have a record turnout of 15,000 people and 1,500 speakers from 42 countries.

“As one of the earliest adopters of NFT ticketing, we are incredibly proud to be partnering with NFT.NYC to ticket its biggest awards ceremony to date,” said Josh Katz, Founder, and CEO of YellowHeart. “With every year, decentralization and blockchain technologies continue to become more mainstream because of their ability to disrupt industries that historically haven’t been innovative. The ticketing space is one of the most obvious use cases, and we’re elated that NFT.NYC understands this and is eager to evolve alongside us.” 

The partnership between YellowHeart and NFT.NYC will grant conference attendees exclusive access to the awards ceremony and dinner. Guests can purchase their NFT tickets from YellowHeart’s mobile wallet, so they can be easily scanned and admitted to the event. By issuing NFT tickets instead of traditional tickets, NFT.NYC will be able to help eliminate scalping, fraudulent tickets, and high secondary ticket prices. YellowHeart uses on-chain analytics, which allows the company to identify if a user has purchased several tickets but transfers them all to other users, which likely indicates they’re a scalper. The ticket issuer is also in complete control if a ticket is resold, and if it is, for how much, so they can help prevent high resale prices.

NFT.NYC often referred to as the “Woodstock” or “Super Bowl” of NFTs, brings together thousands of guests from around the world, including artists, developers, and journalists. During the conference, guests have the opportunity to attend the industry’s most prevalent panels, thought leader talks, workshops, and briefings from numerous household names and brands. There are hundreds of events outside of the conference during the week. This year, YellowHeart has also partnered with Tao Group Hospitality, the biggest global hospitality company in the world, to roll out three nights of NFT ticketing at Marquee in New York. The events will run on June 22, 24, and 25.

Strawberry icecream graphic via 360 magazine

AMANDA LEPORE × BURGEROLOGY

In celebration for PRIDE month, Burgerology NYC has partnered with the nightlife queen and LGBTQ+ icon, Amanda Lepore to launch “The Amanda Lepore Milkshake.”   The customer with a sweet tooth will love the vanilla shake with raspberry puree with fresh rainbow cookie crumbs.  With the outside being coated with vanilla icing and confetti sprinkles, the milkshake is topped with candy bracelets, cotton candy, Pixie Stixs, giant lollipops, a slice of rainbow cookie cake, whip cream and Amanda inspired candy lips all topped with Pop Rocks.

“Our family atmosphere is a testament to the fact that every member of our family is apart of Burgerology and we wanted to do something to embrace our LGBTQ+ family,” says John Galatoulas, co- owner of the successful burger chain.  “Amanda was a pleasure to work with and definitely worked with us to bring her iconic spirit to this Milkshake and we hope her fans and our customers will love this exclusive month-long menu item as much as we loved creating it!”  Amanda Lepore purrs,  “I hope everyone has as much fun drinking the drop dead gorgeous The Amanda Lepore Milkshake as I did making it with Burgerology and red lipstick kisses! Happy Pride!”

About BurgerologyThe Galatoulas Family has spent decades mastering the art of creating a restaurant experience that is not only fueled by good food, but by a family atmosphere. With their current venture Burgerology, the family provides a unique feel—with a menu that is both personal and diverse—and a testament to their love of bringing people of all ages together for a meal.

The family atmosphere is a testament to the fact that every member of the Galatoulas Family is a part of Burgerology. Eddie Galatoulas is the CEO, while his business partner and wife Georgia runs HR. Their son John Galatoulas is the head of the kitchen and runs the back of the house, while his sister Maria runs the front of the house. “It’s a chance for my husband and I to spend more time with our kids and operate the business together,” Georgia explains. 

Burgerology offers a distinct menu with a B.Y.O.B. (Build Your Own Burger) that includes everything from Dry Age to Maple Aioli. There are gourmet burgers as well, including Eddie The Greek which includes lamb and feta cheese to the Einstein Burger with braised short ribs and the Saratoga BBQ which is a traditional barbecue dish in burger form. In addition to burgers, there are fried chicken sandwiches, assorted mac ‘n cheese, as well as tacos, salads, and small plates. There are even dessert “burgers” of sorts, known as Doughwiches, along with specialty shakes. For the grown-ups, there are signature cocktails and craft beers. Visually, each item is a work of art in and of itself, with over the top designs that range from gigantic burgers and elaborate desserts, to potion-like cocktails with dry ice and stunning blinking LED ice cubes.

With eight locations across Long Island, Queens, and Manhattan, Burgerology is growing and growing, catching the taste buds of even celebrity patrons like the cast of Power and rapper FivioForeign. At the heart of it, however, Burgerology is a place where memories are made for family members of all ages. Every time they experience Burgerology, they are experiencing a part of the GalatoulasFamily. 

Tricia Helfer

Regard Magazine Summer Issue Release

By: Yash Thadani

Summer is just around the corner, and the best way to start the season off is taking a deep dive into Regard Magazine’s new summer issue. To celebrate the release of their new piece, Regard Magazine partnered with Burn180 to throw a night to remember at the breathtaking Sofitel Hotel in Beverly Hills.

As people entered the venue, celebrities were greeted with a VIP red carpet entrance. Some of the talent in attendance included the likes of Top Gun: Maverick’s Jay Ellis, ABC’s Lost Elizabeth Mitchell, and lets not forget Regard Magazine’s summer cover, supermodel and actress Tricia Helfer.

360 Magazine had the honor of interviewing Tricia about her career, and how she was able to yield the level of success. Some advice that she offered to any self-starting individual was “travel as much as you can. I know it’s not feasible at all times, but learning about different cultures and environments can really open your eyes to new things.” It was her way of saying success comes naturally when you have an open mind.

As the red carpet welcomed new attendees, the current patrons were relaxing on the building’s outdoor patio, mingling and partaking in spicy palomas made with Tepozan Tequila. The tequila itself was phenomenal and included benefits of it being estate grown, and 100% additive free. To complement the drinks, Burn180 had presented full-body workout demos with their cutting edge technology. 

Safe-to-say, the night was one to remember, and the best part was nobody left empty handed. Public figures and media left with gift bags that had luxury products from brands like High on Love, Calyfx and Tiffany Scott Extensions. For more information on Regard Magazine’s Summer issue, click here!

About Regard Magazine:

REGARD is a leading digital fashion and lifestyle magazine founded in February 2010 by celebrity fashion photographer, Dimitry Loiseau, and celebrity hair and makeup artist, Valerie Noble. With a focus on television and the talent that brings mini-series and TV movies to life, each issue features top actors and actresses, up and coming stars and industry leaders behind-the-scenes. With four issues a year, you can expect to see edgy style, grace, exclusive interviews, and candid behind-the-scenes videos. REGARD is the number one source for beauty, fashion, and everyone’s favorite faces. http://regardmag.com/

About BURN180:

PRO Fitness Concepts releases the BURN180 universal resistance band system, with its patent pending re-positionable suction cup plate, that elevates resistance band training to the Pro Athlete Level with a next-generation compact system designed for use anywhere, anytime, by anyone. The BURN180 kit ($299) offers an all-in-one convenient, effective pro-level workout or can be used to enhance any fitness regimen, including rehabilitation/low-resistance strength building, HIIT, functional training, yoga, pilates, and more. Discover versatility at a whole new level and take your workout anywhere. Follow @BURN.180 on Instagram for pro trainer developed 5-minute workouts, fitness motivation, and more. BURN180 – Anywhere. Anytime. Anyone.

NYBG – ATT

The New York Botanical Garden‘s major, institution-wide exhibition Around the Table: Stories of the Foods We Love examines the art and science of foodways and food traditions, many dating back thousands of years. Visitors can explore the rich cultural history of what we eat and learn that – from global dietary staples such as rice, beans, squash, and corn to the regional spice and flavor provided by peppers, greens, and tomatoes – plants are at the base of all culinary customs. The presentation features expansive displays of living edible plants; art and science installations; weekend celebrations; wellness, culinary-themed, and children’s programming; and opportunities to gather at artist-designed tables set throughout NYBG’s 250 acres, bringing to life stories about the featured and other notable edible plants. Around the Table: Stories of the Foods We Love is on view June 4 through September 11, 2022.

“We are thrilled and gratified to be able to present Around the Table: Stories of the Foods We Love,” said Jennifer Bernstein, CEO and The William C. Steere Sr. President of The New York Botanical Garden, “The creation of this exhibition has truly been a collaborative and communal experience and a labor of love. We hope everyone will visit the Botanical Garden this summer and take a little time to uncover the botanical origins of the foods they think they already know, cultivate deeper understanding of the environmental and social impacts of our food choices, and discover the diversity and beauty of plants that are grown for cuisine around the world.”

Displays of Living Edible Plants at the Enid A. Haupt Conservatory

Showcasing hundreds of varieties of edible plants, including peppers, squash, cabbage, beans, grains, corn, banana, sugarcane, taro, and breadfruit, three installations in and around the Haupt Conservatory beckon visitors to explore the diversity and beauty of food plants grown around the world.

  • In the Conservatory’s Seasonal Exhibition Galleries, a wide assortment of edible herbaceous plants and fruit-bearing trees flourishing in containers, entwined in overhead trellises, and reaching skyward from green walls ideal for compact urban spaces inspire appreciation of the plants that nourish us.
  • The Conservatory Courtyards offer an array of familiar and surprising edible plants from across the globe – from dietary staples of the tropical regions of the world, including rice, taro, and banana, to crops suited to arid regions of the globe, including figs, citrus, and pearl millet. Peppers and tomatoes and other nightshades, grapes and olives, a gourd trellis, and a spirits garden featuring plants used in the creation of beer, wine, and liquors round out this diverse display.
  • A portion of the Botanical Garden’s Conservatory Lawn is transformed into an undulating field of dwarf sorghum and barley, traditional grains well-suited to NYBGߣs climate, allowing observation of the sowing, nurturing, harvesting, and replanting processes of these foundational food plants over the course of the exhibition.

African American Garden at the Edible Academy

Curated by Dr. Jessica B. Harris, America’s leading scholar on the foods of the African Diaspora, African American Garden: Remembrance & Resilience celebrates African American food and gardening histories and the contributions of essential plants to American foodways. Dr. Harris has worked with historians, heritage seed collectors, and NYBG’s Edible Academy staff to present a sequence of eight garden beds arranged in a semi-circle that celebrate African American food and gardening histories and their ongoing contributions to America’s plant and food culture. The experience also includes an orientation center, shaded seating areas, and a Hibiscus Drink Station designed by scenic designer Lawrence E. Moten III, whose include Broadway’s Chicken & Biscuits. The African American Garden also features a Poetry Walk curated by Cave Canem Foundation, the premier home for Black poetry, committed to cultivating the artistic and professional growth of African American poets.

Art and Science Installations Throughout the Garden

After a call for artists that resulted in many impressive submissions, The New York Botanical Garden selected 30 local artists, living or working in the Bronx, to design and create tables that explore central themes from Around the Table. On display across the Botanical Garden’s 250 acres, the artist-designed tables incorporate notable food plants, highlighting the plants’ history and cultural significance as well personal stories of food traditions and celebrations. The tables and accompanying interpretation encourage sitting, sharing, and storytelling. Visitors are prompted to learn more via the Bloomberg Connects mobile application, and at select tables, to create artworks or tell their own food stories.

In the LuEsther T. Mertz Library Building Art Gallery, visitors can examine the social and cultural impacts of the American food system through displayed works by contemporary Colombian-American artist Lina Puerta in Lina Puerta: Accumulated Wisdom. Puerta celebrates and acknowledges the essential, often invisible, role of farmworkers, the relationship between nature and the human-made, and ancestral knowledge in mixed-media sculptures, installations, collages, hand-made paper paintings, and wall hangings that incorporate materials ranging from textiles and handmade paper to found, personal, and recycled objects.

Launched in 2021, NYBG’s Bronx Foodways Oral Histories Project is a multiyear effort to collect, record, and archive personal food narratives from Bronx urban farmers and gardeners who focus on community gardens as centers for food, heritage, community, and social justice – making them accessible to the public. Each year, The New York Botanical Garden commissions two public murals celebrating the gardens and farmers from the Oral Histories Project. As part of the Around the Table exhibition, celebrated Bronx-based artist Andr Trenier is creating the initial murals. In NYBG’s Arthur and Janet Ross Gallery, . . .la tierra es nuestro alimento/the land is our nourishment presents oral history videos and photos of Bronx gardens taken by students from the Bronx Documentary Center as well as highlights Trenier’s murals.

Also in the Mertz Library Building, the creativity and ingenuity of plant scientists and plant-based chefs is exhibited, revealing the science and art of agriculture and cuisine. In Sowing Resilience: Origins and Change in Agriculture in the Elizabeth Britton Science Gallery, visitors learn how scientific knowledge from both ancient and recent pasts’ traditional and Indigenous methods of agriculture to new genetic technologies’ can provide insight into creating a more resilient food system to feed the growing planet in the face of the climate crisis and other environmental challenges. The work of NYBG scientists and others highlights how far domesticated plants have come from their origins and the importance of conserving crop biodiversity into the future. In the Rondina and LoFaro Gallery, Steam, Sear, Saut: 150 Years of American Vegetarian Cookbooks showcases 19th- and 20th-century plant-based cookbooks from the LuEsther T. Mertz Library‘s William R. Buck Cookbook Collection, as well as colorfully illustrated seed catalogs, to highlight the ways home chefs’ relationships to vegetables have changed through time. Recipe Roundtable in the Nathaniel Lord Britton Science Rotunda offers visitors an interactive opportunity to connect with Around the Table exhibition content by responding to various prompts calling for drawings of favorite veggies to reflections on culturally significant plants and ingredients to be recorded on recipe cards, which are then displayed throughout the Rotunda.

Bountiful Programming for All Ages

Visitors to Around the Table: Stories of the Foods We Love can enjoy diverse and engaging public programming for all ages. Highlights include artist-designed table tours, food demonstrations, children’s activities, themed weekend celebrations, and more.

On Saturday, June 18, 10 a.m.ߝ12p.m., a symposium, A Seat at the Table, includes two compelling sessions exploring how Black farming informs American history and culture in New York City and across the country:

  • In “Celebrating the African American Farmer,” Natalie Baszile, author of the 2021 anthology We Are Each Other’s Harvest, joins Dr. Jessica B. Harris, food historian and scholar, for a conversation in Ross Hall. Their wide-ranging dialogue covers topics from the historical perseverance and resilience of Black farmers and their connection to the American land, to the generations of farmers who continue to farm despite systemic discrimination and land loss.
  • “Stories from the Farm,” moderated by farmer, urban gardener, food advocate, activist, and NYBG Trustee Karen Washington, is a multigenerational panel discussion devoted to stories of Black farmers from many historical perspectives: North and South, Upstate New York and the Bronx, sharecroppers to family growers and urban farmers. Panelists including “chefarmer” Matthew Raiford and farmer/cultural anthropologist Dr. Gail Myers give historical and contemporary context for Black farmers’ contributions to communities and food justice movements in urban and rural America.

Each week during Around the Table, Wellness Wednesdays serves up the NYBG Farmers Market, food demonstrations, and health and wellness activities.

Offerings at the Edible Academy include food demonstrations and tastings, participatory gardening activities, , and food-themed celebration weekends such as Totally Tomatoes throughout the run of the exhibition.

In “Around the Kids’ Table,” guided by Everett Children’s Adventure Garden Explainers, children and their families tell stories about the foods that are most meaningful to them and enjoy exhibition-related writing, art, and nature-based activities. A Story Walk showcases author Tony Hillery’s children’s book Harlem Grown (Simon & Schuster/Paula Wiseman Books, 2020)about a community garden started by schoolchildren in an empty lot in Harlem, New York, in 2011 that has grown into a network of gardens throughout the city.

On select days, complementary exhibition programming includes “The Art of the Table,” during which individual table artists engage with visitors in special activities such as demonstrations, group painting, or storytelling.

About the Exhibition Advisory Committee

The New York Botanical Garden engaged advisors with expertise in documenting recipes and food histories, edible gardening past and present, food justice and food insecurity, global and local foodways, nutrition, the science of edible plants, and the visual arts to join a committee and participate in the development of Around the Table: Stories of the Foods We Love. Members include:

  • Toby Adams, Gregory Long Director of the Edible Academy, The New York Botanical Garden
  • Journei Manzayila Bimwala, leader and co-chair, Foodway at Concrete Plant Park
  • Garrett Broad, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Communications and Media Studies, Fordham University, and author of More Than Just Food: Food Justice and Community Change (University of California Press, 2016)
  • Kate Gardner Burt, Ph.D., R.D., assistant professor, DPD Director, and Undergraduate Program Director, the Dietetics, Foods, and Nutrition Program at Lehman College, City University of New York
  • Ursula Chanse, Director of Bronx Green-Up and Community Horticulture, The New York Botanical Garden
  • Winston Chiu, chef and co-founder, Rethink Food NYC, Inc.
  • Von Diaz, documentary producer, author of Coconuts & Collards: Recipes and Stories from Puerto Rico to the Deep South (University Press of Florida, 2018), and recipe and essay contributor to The New York TimesThe Washington PostBon AppetitFood & WineEater, and Epicurious
  • Sheryll Durrant, urban farmer, educator, and food justice advocate; Food and Agriculture Coordinator for New Roots Community Farm, and resident manager of Kelly Street Garden in the South Bronx
  • Jessica B. Harris, Ph.D., Americaߣs leading expert on the food and foodways of the African Diaspora, author of 12 critically acclaimed cookbooks, and 2020 James Beard Lifetime Achievement Award recipient
  • Mohammed Mardah, chairman, the African Advisory Council to the Bronx Borough President, and co-founder and executive director of Africans Help Desk
  • Alex McAlvay, Ph.D., Kate E. Tode Assistant Curator in the Institute of Economic Botany, The New York Botanical Garden
  • Lauren Mohn, Ph.D., Visiting Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies, Swarthmore College
  • Dario Mohr, New York-based educator and interdisciplinary artist who creates interactive sanctuary experiences, and founder and director, AnkhLave Arts Alliance, Inc.
  • Gary Paul Nabhan, internationally celebrated nature writer, agrarian activist, and ethnobiologist who works to conserve the links between biodiversity and cultural diversity
  • Henry Obispo, founder and CEO of Born Juice and ReBORN Farms
  • Lina Puerta, mixed-media contemporary artist whose work has been exhibited at the Ford Foundation Gallery, El Museo del Barrio, Wave Hill, and 21c Museum Hotels, and who recently completed an artist residency and exhibition at the Sugar Hill Children’s Museum of Art & Storytelling
  • Michael Purugganan, Ph.D., Silver Professor of Biology and former Dean of Science at New York University

About The New York Botanical Garden

Founded in 1891, The New York Botanical Garden is the most comprehensive botanical garden in the world and an integral part of the cultural fabric of New York City, anchored in the Bronx. Visitors come to the Garden to connect with nature for joy, beauty, and respite, and for renowned plant-based exhibitions, music and dance, and poetry and lectures. Innovative children’s education programs promote environmental sustainability and nutrition awareness, graduate programs educate the next generation of botanists, while engaging classes inspire adults to remain lifelong learners. The 250-acre verdant landscape, which includes a 50-acre, old-growth forest, and the landmark Enid A. Haupt Conservatory support living collections of more than one million plants. Unparalleled resources are also held in the LuEsther T. Mertz Library, the world’s most important botanical and horticultural library with 11 million archival items spanning ten centuries, and William and Lynda Steere Herbarium, the largest in the Western Hemisphere with 7.8 million plant and fungal specimens. Committed to protecting the planet’s biodiversity and natural resources, Garden scientists work on-site in cutting-edge molecular labs and in areas worldwide where biodiversity is most at risk.

For more information about and to purchase tickets for Around the Table: Stories of the Foods We Love, please go HERE.