August 27, 2013

Come and Get it! Fresh Art, Fresh Food at AAC!

Any community-based arts center should be a resource to the residents who support it. This summer we’ve partnered with two small organizations to offer Arlingtonians some alternative and affordable sources of fresh, local foods. Along with our community supported agriculture (CSA) partner Groundworks Farm, we’ve also recently joined forces with online grocery store Relay Foods.

Groundworks Farm

Groundworks is a 40-acre family-owned and operated farm in Pittsville, MD (about two and half hours southeast of Arlington). Every Wednesday evening since early June they’ve been distributing fresh produce, meat, eggs, and cheese to Arlington subscribers. But this isn’t their only stop! They also distribute in Alexandria and Annapolis.

Not only have they been distributing food to local residents, but Groundworks has also provided weekly produce samples for the GREEN ACRES Soil Olympics exhibit. In this way, Groundworks has really become part of the living exhibition that is GREEN ACRES.

A sampling of the awesome produce grown and distributed by Groundworks
A sampling of the awesome produce grown and distributed by Groundworks

Groundworks co-owner Farmer Margaret Evans said  “The Arlington Arts Center has been a great location for our CSA pick up. Many of our members live right in the neighborhood and walk or bike to the pick up. It has been really great working with them and having them allow us to use the space. It’s our first year delivering CSA shares to Arlington and we’ve been blown away by the interest and support we’ve gotten here!” Registration is open for the upcoming Winter CSA, and they always offer earlybird discounts!

Our most recent partnership affords a different sort of distribution for the community. Relay Foods carries your standard groceries, but they specialize in locally sourced foods. Rather than grow it, they procure and deliver it. Part of the reason Relay Foods is excited to work with AAC is because GREEN ACRES instigates conversation and ideas about what really happens to your food before it gets to your refrigerator.

Last week team member Madeline Hall was here to talk about how the Relay Foods system works
Last week team member Madeline Hall was here to talk about how the Relay Foods system works

The basic idea behind this startup company is “Save time, save your community, save the planet!” With this partnership, AAC has become part of a network of more than 20 Relay Foods pick-up sites in the DC Metro area. They initially found us in a search for a drop-off site for Arlington shoppers, and the relationship has since expanded to include Relay Foods’ participation in some of our fall programs with a generous offer to help sponsor some events by donating food and gift certificates.

Like art-making, food production and preparation requires collaboration, direction, talented players, and enthusiastic audiences. As we continue to grow our community presence we look forward to keeping it local, buying organic, and improving the quality of life in Arlington, which is what excites us about our relationship with organizations like Groundworks and Relay Foods.

Relay Foods Arlington Team: Dave Mueller, Mara McLaurin, Madeline Hall, Christopher Frost , Ralph Sajous, Rayne Kates
Relay Foods Arlington Team: Dave Mueller, Mara McLaurin, Madeline Hall, Christopher Frost , Ralph Sajous, Rayne Kates

Written By Beth Evans, Education Intern at AAC

This exhibition is made possible by an Emily Hall Tremaine Exhibition Award. The Exhibition Award program was founded in 1998 to honor Emily Hall Tremaine. It rewards innovation and experimentation among curators by supporting thematic exhibitions that challenge audiences and expand the boundaries of contemporary art.

Emily Hall Tremaine Exhibition Award

Performances by Isa Leal & Liz Ensz + Skye Fort in conversation with NO GRIDS NO MASTERS

Saturday / April 20 / 6pm-8pm

An evening of performances by Isa Leal and Liz Ensz + Skye Fort in conversation with Ensz’s exhibition NO GRIDS NO MASTERS currently on view at MoCA Arlington.

Artist Talk at the Innovation Studio + Store: Chris Combs

Wednesday / April 17 / 6pm-7pm

Join us for a conversation with current Innovation Studio artist in residence Chris Combs and Blair Murphy, MoCA Arlington’s curator of exhibitions, about Combs’s new wall-sized installation The Next Big Thing.

2024 Art Classes for Kids, Teens, and Adults!

Register now! Classes begin April 7!

Less than 2 weeks left to register! Sign up today to secure your spot in one of MoCA Arlington’s award-winning programs! From drawing and painting to ceramics and mixed media, you are sure to find an inspiring art class. Enrich your creative journey with our talented instructors and explore the world of art in a fun and supportive environment.

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