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Foodways Initiative

NYBG’s Humanities Institute recently launched the Foodways Initiative, an important project that explores and celebrates the relationship of food to culture and identity.

Foodways—the cultural, historical, and social traditions that surround food—provide context for what we eat, how it gets to us, who prepares it, and who is at the table.

As foodways are central to understanding the experience of immigrants, Indigenous peoples, and descendants of the African Diaspora, food can lead us to stories of survival and help reclaim a sense of identity and kinship—especially when languages or cultural traditions have been prohibited and erased.

The initiative has four main components—all of which will be recorded and archived below. Check back regularly for news and updates.

A Seat at the Table Symposium

June marks the opening of NYBG’s Garden-wide exhibition, Around the Table: Stories of the Foods We Love. This symposium brings a unique perspective to those stories, with two compelling sessions that explore how Black farming informs American history and culture in New York City and across the country. Register now.

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Generous support provided by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation