Programming Meetings, February 25 & 26, 2010

FOTM programming activities are taking shape. The Programming Committee met with Richard on Feb. 26 to go over our ideas for programming, and particularly the opening.

The components of programming will be:

1. Opening reception on April 14

– Looking into the feasibility of having a speaker give a lecture prior to reception.
– Invitations should go out in about 2 weeks. Richard would like to mail paper invites. Sara and Elena are planning to meet with Richard and Creative Services late next week to go over design elements for exhibit panels and invitations.
– Guests will receive paper program which features historical recipe or food related item
– Richard is looking into airline caterers catering the reception using airline food carts. Otherwise Johnson and Wales students will do the catering.

2. Small Bites blog (http://smallbitesrhodeisland.blogspot.com/)
– Erin Boyle designed the blog which will explore the spices and stories of Rhode Island’s local eateries. These aren’t restaurant reviews but musings on food and place. We welcome and encourage contributions from other FOTM members!
– The blog will be going live shortly, and we will post an update when that happens.
– The blog will also be the main web presence from which to promote the exhibition. There is also a Twitter account whose feed will appear on the blog.

3. Kennedy Plaza Event (tentative)
– Researching the possibility of having a booth at Kennedy Plaza in conjunction with a program already taking place there sometime in May.
– This would give the exhibition and its concepts exposure to people who might not necessarily visit the museum.
– Include an interactive activity that makes people think about food and travel.
– Also an opportunity to distribute promotional materials.

Food on the Move: ??

So, we’ve got this title, Food on the Move. Does it stand alone? Does it have an “unsexy” part after the “Sexy:”? Please brainstorm with ideas and suggestions so we can take something to Richard and get the ball rolling on this. Sara and I received a wake up call from Chelsea when she offered us free publicity we were essentially unable to take because the title and opening date aren’t final, so we’d like to lock that up.