Plate to Planet Youth Program

50 youth were asked to discuss and paint a mural about Food Heritage, Local Food Systems, Food Justice and Healthy Eating. Plate to Planet Mural is their creation.

Artists Statement - Plate to Planet mural

At Home At School (AHAS) and Slow Food Southwest Washington have been collaborating partners in the Plate to Planet Project. The program objectives were to educate and reflect on health, community and environment through designing and painting a mural on four topics: Food Heritage, Local Food System, Food Justice and Healthy Eating. Slow Food Southwest Washington worked with growers, local restaurants and catering companies to provide 30 days of healthy, nutritious, locally and organically-grown breakfasts, lunches, and snacks for participating students for the duration of the project.

The Artists: Eighty AHAS students, mural designers and artists collaborated on the design of the mural. Madeleine Finley (a student at WSU - Vancouver) led process of transferring the design in charcoal on gesso-primed plywood boards and instructed students on the art and mechanics of mural painting. Several of the participating students had been involved in previous mural painting projects through AHAS.

Form and Function: In addition to the project’s function in teaching a variety of artistic concepts, content about food and nutrition, community, collaboration, and so forth, the completed project is intended as a mobile exhibit and teaching tool to be displayed at Farmer’s Markets, food banks, schools, coffee shops and other community spaces. It is used as an interactive educational workshop when displayed and is used by teacher education workshops. In these workshop models, the mural will present talking points for performance dialogues with viewing audiences.

For further information please contact:
Susan Finley,
Warren Neth,

Thank you to our 2016 Food Sponsors:
Each sponsor has donated 140 lunches to the summer program.

Thank you to our 2015 Food Sponsors:
Each sponsor has donated 240 lunches to the Summer program.

      + chef Sebastian Carosi