School of Visual Arts is a for-profit art and design college located in Manhattan, New York, founded in 1947. The college is a member of the Association of Independent Colleges of Art and Design, a consortium of 36 leading art schools in the United States.SVA offers 11 undergraduate and 22 graduate degree programs and is accredited by the Commission on Higher Education of the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools and the National Association of Schools of Art and Design. The BFA interior design program is accredited by the Council for Interior Design Accreditation; the MPS art therapy program is approved by the American Art Therapy Association; and the MA art education program is accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation.SVA's stated mission is to provide "undergraduate degree programs in art and design that prepare students for entry into an array of professional fields in or related to the visual arts, while also equipping students with the skills necessary to become productive and thoughtful members of society; rigorous and practice-based graduate programs in the visual arts and its allied fields; a continuing education program intended to meet the diverse needs of New York City’s professional art and design community and the larger community within which the college resides; and a commitment to serving the greater good through community service." Wikipedia.
News Article | December 6, 2016
Coinciding with Computer Science Education Week, Turner’s Cartoon Network announced today a new board of leading industry and academic experts who will advise, shape and inform the network’s STEAM (Science, Technology Engineering, Arts and Math) efforts. This is the latest in a series of initiatives and collaborations that began with a $30 million commitment by Cartoon Network, in conjunction with President Obama’s Computer Science for All initiative. Since then, Cartoon Network has partnered with leaders such as MIT Media Lab’s Scratch project, DIY and Google’s Made with Code to leverage coding as a means for kids to express ideas, craft stories and create art. “Cartoon Network’s unparalleled multiplatform reach uniquely positions us to meet kids where they are and find new ways to unlock their creativity through technology,” said Christina Miller, president of Cartoon Network. “Now, with the leadership of this incredible group of dedicated visionaries, we will accelerate and expand our reach, fulfilling our goal of giving Plurals creative confidence to become the next generation of creators, animators and makers.” The new advisory board, consisting of highly regarded professionals in research, education and technology are as follows: Mimi Ito is a cultural anthropologist of digital culture and an advocate for connected learning - learning that is youth-centered, interest-driven, hands-on and social. Her research looks at youth engagement where creativity, technology and learning intersect. This includes a three-year collaborative ethnographic study, funded by the MacArthur Foundation, examining youth new media practices in the U.S., and focusing on gaming, digital media production, and Internet use. Her work on educational software appears in Engineering Play: A Cultural History of Children’s Software. She also serves as research director of the Digital Media and Learning Research Hub and as chair of the Connected Learning Research Network. She is also co-founder of Connected Camps, a benefit corporation that provides online creative learning opportunities for kids in all walks of life. Zach Klein is the CEO of DIY Co, which hosts two online platforms - diy.org and JAM.com - where kids can learn new skills online and share what they make and do with other creative kids. He is best known for co-founding and designing Vimeo. Other start-ups he is associated with include: Supply, College Humor and Boxee. He is a venture partner of Founder Collective, a seed-stage venture capital firm based in New York City and Cambridge, Mass. He was a faculty member at the School of Visual Arts, where he taught in the MFA program in interaction design. Karen Peterson has over 25 years of experience in education as a classroom teacher, university instructor, teacher educator, program administrator, and researcher. Currently, Peterson is the National Science Foundation’s (NSF) principal investigator for the National Girls Collaborative Project (NGCP). Designed by Peterson, the NGCP seeks to maximize access to shared resources for public and private sector organizations interested in expanding girls’ participation in STEM. She is also co-principal investigator for the Citizen SciGirls Transmedia and Research to Encourage Girls in STEM, SciGirls CONNECT – A Diffusion Scale Up Project, ITEST Learning Resource Center, and Build IT Underwater Robotics Scale Up for STEM learning and workforce development projects. Resnick develops new technologies and activities to engage children in creative learning experiences. His Lifelong Kindergarten research group collaborated with the LEGO Company on the development of the LEGO Mindstorms robotics kits, and it developed the Scratch programming software and online community used by millions of young people around the world. He also co-founded the Computer Clubhouse project, an international network of 100 after-school learning centers for youth from low-income communities. Diana leads business development efforts for moonshot solutions involving robotic technologies. Since joining Google in 2008, Diana has led the partnerships effort for a number of initiatives across the company including Google Research, with a focus on machine intelligence, the Google Art Project where she has made artwork more universally accessible (including artwork at the White House), and she started the health apps ecosystem on Android when the platform was just launching. In addition to her business responsibilities, Diana has a demonstrated commitment to increasing the number of girls pursuing computer science and engineering and is an emerging thought leader on the issue within the business community. “To flourish in today’s fast-changing society, kids must learn to express themselves creatively,” said Resnick. “The collaboration between Scratch and Cartoon Network has unleashed the creativity of kids around the world, enabling them to program interactive games and animations based on their favorite Cartoon Network characters. I’m excited to join the Cartoon Network STEAM Advisory Board to explore new ways to engage kids in creative learning experiences." Learn more about Cartoon Network’s work to engage children in creative coding at http://www.cartoonnetwork.com. Cartoon Network is Turner’s #1 U.S. ad-supported cable network with kids 6-11. Seen in 192 countries and over 370 million homes, it is an industry leader known for putting its fans at the center of everything by applying creative thinking and innovation across multiple platforms with a global offering of the best in award-winning animated entertainment for kids and families. Home to the original hit series Adventure Time, Steven Universe, The Powerpuff Girls, We Bare Bears and The Amazing World of Gumball, Cartoon Network also takes its responsibilities to its audience seriously by addressing those issues affecting families with the Stop Bullying: Speak Up campaign and by promoting education and creative development through their commitment to STEM enterprises and an integral involvement in Computer Science for All, the White House initiative empowering young people to generate skills to thrive in our digital world. Cartoon Network is part of Turner, a Time Warner company, and creates and programs branded news, entertainment, animation and young adult media environments on television and other platforms for consumers around the world.
News Article | November 3, 2016
This crucial hire supports the global expansion strategy of the company as an electronic payments leader IMPESA®, developers of Monibyte®, an innovative SaaS solution for corporate payment methods, and first in a suite of FinTech applications, announces that kHyal has been named Chief Marketing Officer as part of an ongoing commitment to their strategic global expansion plan. Mario Hernández, Impesa’s founder, Chairman and CEO explained that bringing kHyal on as CMO is part of a focused plan to develop and unify the company’s brand voice and market reach, while launching new and existing products across international channels. “We couldn't be happier with kHyal joining our team. kHyal brings amazing experience and an outstanding track record to the company; and in a very short time she has become a key member of our team. When building a global company, you need to bring world class people on board, and kHyal is definitely world class. I am sure she will lead our marketing, communications and public relations strategies beyond our expectations,” Hernandez said. Cliff Wildes, IMPESA’s Chief Strategy Officer, noted, “I have worked with kHyal for over 25 years. First, at Microtech International, Inc. where I was CEO and founder, and she spearheaded marketing initiatives as Creative Director, and later, when we became cofounders and partners at SunStar Interactive. I have never met a more creative and talented individual. Her role as Chief Marketing Officer is essential to the growth and success of the company.” Digitally Driven. kHyal’s experience in digital spans three decades. A pioneering internet professional and award-winning creative, she was a founding member of the Women’s Internet History project and recruited member of the MIT Enterprise Forum of New York City, Inc.’s Marketing Committee. Strategically Poised. Prior to joining IMPESA, kHyal was President at fiZz Agency, and has held the positions of Chief Creative Officer at Metropolitan interactive; Creative Director at Havas Worldwide, NetKey and Microtech International; Vice President of Marketing at blowtorch studios and SunStar interactive; and Controller at Cello, Ltd. Her client roster spans a wide range of brands and corporations including: Pitney Bowes, Sharp Electronics, Xerox, Lexmark, Konica Minolta, ProLabs, MTV, Showtime Networks, GAP, BMW, UPS, Diageo, Datto, Centerplate, LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton SE, Deutsche Bank, Black&Decker, UBS Investment Bank, Whitney Museum of American Art and Carnegie Mellon University. With extensive experience working with national and international brands, corporations and agencies in the US, UK, Canada, Argentina, Germany and Costa Rica, kHyal’s background traverses technology, healthcare, education/digital publishing, finance, non-profit and consumer product verticals with an emphasis on software and hardware development. Active in industry associations, kHyal has co-chaired the Fundraising Committee of Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts, Los Angeles; and was a member of the Connecticut Technology Council’s Vice President of Marketing Forum. She has been a juror for the London Interactive Advertising Awards; a judge for Hasbro’s Project Upcycle Design Awards; served as Communications Chair for the American Institute of Graphic Arts (AIGA) Brand Central Chapter, and was on the advisory board of GraphicDesign.com. kHyal majored in Mass Communications at Emerson College in addition to studies at The School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; The Art Institute of Boston; Boston Film and Video Foundation; Loyola Law School; Kodak’s Center for Creative Imaging and FIT. Passionate about education, kHyal is an Adjunct Instructor at Miami Ad School New York where she teaches Product Creation and Innovation; and was Adjunct Professor at Anhui Polytechnic University in Wuhu City, China through the Shintaro Akatsu School of Design at University of Bridgeport where she taught Design Thinking and Methodologies. She has been an invited senior portfolio reviewer at RISD, SVA, FIT, The One Club, ADC Global, Graduate Fashion Week London, Miami Ad School, The Portfolio Center, CADC, AIGA Rhode Island, AIGA Philadelphia, AIGA Connecticut, Pratt Institute, Parsons The New School for Design, Creative Circus, Hartford Art School at University of Hartford, Advertising Women of New York (AWNY), Moore College of Art and Design, Carnegie Mellon University, Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University, Massachusetts College of Art and Design, Cleveland Institute of Art, Tyler School of Art at Temple University, Kutztown University and Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT). kHyal regularly speaks and facilitates workshops on branding, digital media, design, marketing, social media and business practices. Her engagements include: FleetBoston Financial’s Women Entrepreneurs’ Connection, Advertising Women of New York (AWNY) Annual Career Conference, Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT), Sacred Heart University, Connecticut Art Directors Club (CADC) Student Conference, The Creative Circus–Atlanta, School of Visual Arts (SVA)–New York, The Grove–New Haven, HOW Design Live–Boston Creative Freelancers Conference, Hygienic Academy, Wakefield Boys and Girls Club, AIGA Rhode Island, The Amistad Center for Art & Culture at The Wadsworth Atheneum, AIGA Upstate New York Student Conference and Syracuse University. She was a media partner for the international design conference “A Better World by Design” at Rhode Island School of Design and Brown University; for the inaugural Leaders in Software and Art (LiSA) conference at the Guggenheim Museum in New York; and designed, planned and facilitated a fundraising event for New York Creative Tech Week 2016. A forerunner in the use of technology in her art and design practice in the early eighties, kHyal’s work has been exhibited in the American Visionary Art Museum, Ricco/Maresca Gallery—New York, Pavilion der Volksbühne–Berlin, New Britain Museum of American Art, la Gaîté Lyrique–Paris, Housatonic Art Museum, City Museum–Washington–DC, Intuit–Chicago, EGGO Arte–Buenos Aires, Cooper Union–New York, Art Basel–Switzerland, Art Basel—Miami and galleries worldwide. She is a contributing writer to numerous industry publications on art, design and technology. Founded in Costa Rica in 2013, IMPESA is an innovator of electronic payment solutions, licensed with VISA®and MasterCard®, and compliant with all government banking and card issuer regulations. The company has developed technologies such as card integration with satellite positioning systems (GPS) for large local and multinational distribution companies that use the software to manage their fleets. These technologies are included in IMPESA’s revolutionary flagship SaaS platform, Monibyte. Developed completely in-house by a dedicated team of engineers and programmers, the software has processed millions of transactions with major international corporate clients since launching in 2014, and will expand into US markets in Q4 2016. For banks, Monibyte is an unprecedented addition to their commercial credit card portfolios, and mitigates credit card fraud, potentially saving millions. For companies that are corporate customers of banks that offer Monibyte, it is an invaluable tool that allows 100% control of how every credit or debit card within the organization can be used. From sums of money, to type of currency, days of the week, time of day, geographic location and specific merchant; parameters can be changed instantly from the easy-to-use, web-based interface or smart phone app, without having to contact the bank. Monibyte integrates with most major ERPs, saving time and money on accounting tasks. IMPESA’s Founder, Chairman and CEO, Mario Hernández, is a known expert in the field of electronic payment innovation. He was honored with International Banker’s Best Innovation in Retail and Commercial Banking award in 2015, interviewed at The London Stock Exchange, and a featured speaker and panelist at the Mobile Payments Latin America Summit in 2016. IMPESA has offices in San José, Costa Rica and Orlando, Florida. For more information, visit impesa.net
News Article | November 25, 2016
BOULDER, CO, November 25, 2016-- Frances Charteris has been included in Marquis Who's Who. As in all Marquis Who's Who biographical volumes, individuals profiled are selected on the basis of current reference value. Factors such as position, noteworthy accomplishments, visibility, and prominence in a field are all taken into account during the selection process.As the founder and owner of Charteris Art Tours, Ms. Charteris spearheads the company's mission to allow women to travel safely and comfortably while seeing art in a foreign setting. Her goal is to ensure that each trip is a unique and memorable experience while building a sense of community among travelers. Typical mornings during an art tour will feature a group visit to an art museum, gallery or other site of cultural interest. Afternoon activities are individually tailored to each traveler's taste, and may include painting, writing, taking photographs, shopping, and more. Ms. Charteris is happy to assist with anything that will allow women to fully immerse themselves in each travel destination, while taking time for themselves to create, explore and discover. Her maiden tour will take place in February 2017.Originally from France, Ms. Charteris earned a Bachelor of Arts from the University of York in 1970. She relocated to the United States in 1977 and graduated with honors from the School of Visual Arts in New York City in 1979. Years later, she expanded upon her education by receiving an MFA from the University of California, San Diego in 1992 and a Master of Arts in clinical counseling from the University of Colorado in 2012.Ms. Charteris has spent a majority of her career as an art educator, writer and artist. She worked as a photographer and acted with Inroads Performance Group prior to leaving England. She also spent two years teaching at Kingston College in Jamaica. From 1980 to 1983, she worked with Bettmann Archives in New York City, and then garnered experience as a photo printer for the United Nations, also in New York City. Ms. Charteris then moved across the country to become a teaching assistant at the University of California, San Diego while earning a Master of Fine Arts. Her career proceeded to take her to the University of Colorado, Boulder, where she spent more than two decades as a senior instructor. While working at the school, she also directed global seminars in Madrid and Paris for many years.Outside of her professional experiences, Ms. Charteris remained busy through involvement with a number of civic and art associations. She founded and directed the Farouche Performance Troop from 2006 to 2007, and has had her artwork exhibited at museums and galleries in Colorado, California, Argentina, Slovenia and more. Further, Ms. Charteris is proud to be a member of Women in Network Generate Success, also known as WINGS.In light of her accomplishments, Ms. Charteris was chosen to be featured in the 62nd through 70th editions of Who's Who in America, the 26th edition of Who's Who in the World, and the 26th through 28th editions of Who's Who of American Women.For more information about Charteris Art Tours, please visit http://francescharteris.com About Marquis Who's Who :Since 1899, when A. N. Marquis printed the First Edition of Who's Who in America , Marquis Who's Who has chronicled the lives of the most accomplished individuals and innovators from every significant field of endeavor, including politics, business, medicine, law, education, art, religion and entertainment. Today, Who's Who in America remains an essential biographical source for thousands of researchers, journalists, librarians and executive search firms around the world. Marquis now publishes many Who's Who titles, including Who's Who in America , Who's Who in the World , Who's Who in American Law , Who's Who in Medicine and Healthcare , Who's Who in Science and Engineering , and Who's Who in Asia . Marquis publications may be visited at the official Marquis Who's Who website at www.marquiswhoswho.com
News Article | December 21, 2016
NEW YORK, NY, December 21, 2016-- "Marian," a feature-film-in-progress, written and directed by Monika Vega Abate, who also fills the title role, will debut a promo "sizzle reel" tomorrow on the internet, embedded at the showcase website http://marianthepromo.com/ Ms. Abate describes the coming feature film."The story is about a woman who hits rock bottom and is forced to make the choice between life or death, after she encounters a mysterious phantom guardian," she says. "Her protector affirms that she is the re-embodiment of a legendary woman warrior, whose duty it is to battle against self-destruction."Patrick A. Berzinski, CEO of Tranquility49 Productions, and Ms. Abate, principal of MVA films, are co-producers of the promotional reel.In addition to Ms. Abate, the promo piece stars actors David Serero (Father), Sheila Ball (Mother) and Jayson Wesley (Guardian), with actor Manuel Acevedo. A team of video/film technicians based at Ramapo College of New Jersey executed the production phase. Members of the production crew include Giancarlo Sepulveda (co-director), Jesse Muller (associate director), Bret Arndt (director of photography), Ryan Policastro and Peter Logan (sound design), and Jamar Kennedy (production associate).The showcase website is a production of MVA films and Tranquility49 PR, designed and executed by T49 PR digital media associates Kelsey Holland, Murphy McDaniel and Jennifer Nardello.Ms. Abate is a resident of Weehawken, N.J., and a professional actress, writer and director. "Marian" is her first feature film project. She is a graduate of the School of Visual Arts (SVA) in New York City. By day, she is a Facilities Supervisor at a major corporate organization in New York.To arrange an interview with Monika Vega Abate, please call Tranquility49 PR at +1-212-519-8628 and ask for Ms. Jennifer Esposito.Tranquility49, the "communications boutique for the 21st century," is a broad-spectrum media-communications firm located in the heart of New York City. For more information, please visit www.tranquility49.com
News Article | March 1, 2017
The W. Eugene Smith Fund announced it is now accepting applications for its 38th annual Grant in Humanistic Photography. Since presenting its first grant in 1980, the Fund has awarded more than one million dollars to exemplary photographers whose works, created in the tradition of Eugene Smith, have brought light to contemporary issues that call for compassion and attention. The Smith Fund also announced it will increase its annual grant to $35,000, beginning this year. Photographers interested in learning more about the grant and fellowship, and submitting an application should visit SmithFund.org. The deadline for submitting applications is May 31, 2017. About The Smith Fund Grant The Grant is presented annually by The W. Eugene Smith Memorial Fund to photographers whose work is judged by a panel of experts to be in the best tradition of highlighting untold stories, as exhibited by W. Eugene Smith during his 45-year career in photojournalism. The grant, which honors the legendary photo-essayist, enables recipients to undertake and complete their proposed photojournalistic and documentary projects. Past recipients have included Sebastião Salgado, Eli Reed, Matt Black, Donna Ferrato, Lu Guang, and James Nachtwey. “We continue to be overwhelmed and inspired by the quality of work submitted by photographers all over the world in the name of humanistic photography,” said Lauren Wendle, president of the Fund’s Board of Trustees. “Last year’s recipient, Justyna Mielnikiewicz, is a great example of the quality of work being submitted and the significance the Smith Fund has established internationally.” In A Diverging Frontier, Justnya looks at Russians living in the former soviet states, 25 years after the fall of the Soviet Union, and the role ethnicity plays in the political development of these countries and the formation of social identity. The recipient of the 2017 Smith Award will receive a $35,000 grant to complete a current or future documentary project. In addition, one or more Fellowships totaling $5,000 will be given to photographers to fund worthy projects. Each year, the Board of Trustees appoints a three-member international jury that meets twice during the adjudication process. Finalists are selected based on the substantive, photographic, and intellectual merits of their project. They are then asked to submit a comprehensive electronic portfolio, and write, if necessary, a more detailed and focused proposal to answer questions by the jury regarding their project. The 21st Annual Howard Chapnick Grant Applications for the annual Howard Chapnick Grant are also open through May 31, 2017. The grant is presented to an individual for his or her leadership in any field ancillary to photojournalism, such as picture editing, research, education and management. This grant is not intended for photographers, but for champions of photography. It was established in 1996 to honor the memory of Howard Chapnick who led the Black Star photo agency, and to acknowledge his enormous contribution to photography. The annual $5,000 grant may be used by the recipient to finance a range of qualified undertakings, which might include a program of further education, special research, a long-term sabbatical project, or an internship to work with a noteworthy group or individual. This grant is not for the creation or production of photographs. The W. Eugene Smith Memorial Fund is supported by generous contributions from The Incite Project, and Canon USA. Additional support is provided by Photo District News, International Center of Photography (ICP), School of Visual Arts (SVA) BFA Photography, MFA Photography, Video and Related Media departments, MediaStorm, Brilliant Graphics, Synergy Communications, and Aperture. “Awarding these grants each year is made possible through industry-wide support and by private donors,” Lauren Wendle explains. “As it is important that we continue the funding which allows these photographers to share their stories with the world, we invite any who are philanthropically minded and share our interest in this special form of photography, to contact us. The W. Eugene Smith Memorial Fund is a not-for-profit corporation qualified under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Contributions to the Smith Fund are tax-deductible.” Each year, the Smith Fund hosts an award ceremony in New York City and invites the grant recipient to attend, at the Fund’s expense. This year’s event will be held at the SVA Theater in New York on Wednesday, October 18.
News Article | February 15, 2017
The University of Oklahoma has received an Andrew W. Mellon Foundation grant for $750,000 to support a four-year initiative to increase cultural diversity while seeking to grow a mutually beneficial relationship between OU's doctoral program in Native American art and the Institute of American Indian Arts. The comprehensive program will increase the representation of Native Americans in curatorial and academic positions through collaboration, creativity and commitment toward the goal. "The university is extremely pleased to receive this grant from the Mellon Foundation. It is a recognition of OU's strong reputation in the field of Native American art," said President David L. Boren. The program will include six core projects, including paid internships for the museum's Native American art collection and pre-doctoral fellowships, accompanied by a teaching assistantship to students dedicated to the study of Native American art and culture. A biannual museology course will provide graduate students an opportunity to study museum theories and practices and learn curatorial skills by building an exhibition from concept to installation using the museum's Native American art collections. The OU School of Visual Arts' nationally competitive doctoral program in the study of Native American art will be expanded in order to broaden students' exposure to leaders in the field and improve their critical analysis of current scholarship. Graduate students will manage a symposium on a current topic in the field of Native American art history, museum studies and pedagogy, and a Mellon Foundation Distinguished Lecture Series will be established. Finally, the OU School of Visual Arts will collaborate with the Institute of American Indian Arts in Santa Fe to create a pipeline of institute graduates for OU's graduate program to study Native American art history. The program will be led by heather ahtone, James T. Bialac Associate Curator of Native American and Non-Western Art at the Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art; W. Jackson Rushing III, Eugene B. Adkins Presidential Professor of Art History and Mary Lou Milner Carver Chair in Native American Art; and Mark Andrew White, Wylodean and Bill Saxon Director of the Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art. "The museum is deeply honored to receive this transformative grant from the Mellon Foundation," White said. "The Mellon internships will allow the museum to build upon its scholarly commitment to Native American art and to continue to create innovative exhibitions and programs using resources such as the James T. Bialac Native American Art Collection and the Eugene B. Adkins Collection. The Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art has one of the most significant collections of Native American art in the country with more than 6,000 objects from artists of diverse tribes and nations that dates from the early twentieth century to present day. The museum works closely with faculty across campus and has collaborated with multiple departments, including the OU School of Visual Arts. In May, the museum will open the 103rd Annual OU School of Visual Arts Student Exhibition, which highlights the diverse works of art created by visual art students from OU. "The OU School of Visual Arts is thrilled to have received this significant grant from the Mellon Foundation, which both recognizes our past achievements and generously supports expanded future efforts. It will allow us to develop an exciting series of initiatives, reaching out to students and enabling them to excel in the study of our country's indigenous art. Supported by the Mellon funding, and in collaboration with our colleagues in the Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art, we will guide a diverse group of talented students toward significant careers as scholars and curators of Native American Art," said Bette Talvacchia, director of the OU School of Visual Arts. The OU School of Visual Arts is one of the only schools in the nation to have a dedicated concentration in Native American art history, which was first established by Mary Jo Watson (Seminole), Regents Professor and Director Emeritus. In the early 1990s, Watson founded a Native art history curriculum that included a popular seminar on American Indian women artists. The OU School of Visual Arts is the only program which features two named professorships in Native American art history.
News Article | October 30, 2015
Edible insects are widely touted as a way for the world to get more protein without the environmental problems that come with raising cows or pigs. The problem, of course, is that most people in the West aren't quite ready to embrace the idea of eating bugs. Maybe cocktails can help. A new product called Critter Bitters is made with crickets, so you can start by drinking your insects with your booze—and then, in theory, move on to eating them. "The mission of Critter Bitters is to get people over the 'ick factor' of eating insects," says Julia Plevin, who began creating the new product along with Lucy Knops while they were masters students in the School of Visual Arts' Products of Design program. "We have found that people are more likely to eat crickets after having a drink made with Critter Bitters." At the moment, the bitters come in two offerings. A "pure cricket" tincture is made by infusing toasted crickets in alcohol. "We made this product so that people could understand the flavor profile of crickets on their own—it’s a rich, nutty flavor," she says. The designers also made toasted cricket bitters, which mixes the bugs with roots and spices, and tastes "sweet and woodsy." It works in any cocktail that calls for bitters, like an Old Fashioned. Unlike some other cricket-based foods—like "Chirps," a chip made with cricket flour—the bitters don't provide much protein (they may offer other vitamins and minerals; the designers plan to have a lab analyze the nutrition). This isn't going to substitute for a hamburger. But it might help make it easier for people to move on to eat other cricket food or maybe even to snack on bugs directly. "It’s a gateway and also a way to change behavior," says Plevin. "We’ve already seen it working! We’ll often have some cricket snacks or canapes around when people are trying Critter Bitters. Once they’ve had a Critter Bitters drink, they are definitely more likely to try the food made with crickets. We’ve even seen people who are vegetarian—for environmental or sustainability reasons—give Critter Bitters a try. And then once you try it, you realize that insects actually taste pretty good." Critter Bitters is currently crowdfunding on Kickstarter.
News Article | December 20, 2016
NEW YORK, Dec. 20, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- MFA Design for Social Innovation (DSI) at the School of Visual Arts in New York will host Measured Summit, a two-day gathering in January 2017, to mark its fifth anniversary as the only master of fine arts degree in Social Innovation Design....