Baltimore’s Food Apartheid Workshops

Interventions in Media and Design with Memefest and Black Yield Institute

Baltimore’s Food Apartheid, a series of extradisciplinary workshops and interventions into the politics of food, was held at Goucher College November 4-22, 2019. The workshops combined the insights and resources of the international media and design network Memefest and Baltimore’s Black Yield Institute, an organization working toward developing community control of food resources. Workshops in photography, audio production, graphic and book design, social media, and multimedia production produced material for BYI’s communication campaign toward food sovereignty for black communities in Baltimore. Other associated events included a screening of local documentaries on Baltimore’s racially-inflected food politics, and a screening of Agnes Varda’s documentary The Gleaners and I.

Concurrently, Goucher’s Corrin Gallery hosted the exhibition Serving Food Justice, showing specially curated works from Memefest’s book Food Democracy and local groups’ efforts to provide healthy, equitable food distribution, and to combat Food Apartheid – the racial structuring of the growing, distribution, and sale of food, leading to a lack of healthy food alternatives in Baltimore’s black neighborhoods. The workshops, events, and exhibition were open to all Goucher students -- critical, experimental, and speculative experiences to use art and media to address the opportunities to defeat Food Apartheid and create food sovereignty imbued with environmental and cultural respect, nutrition education, skills-building, and community development.

The workshops produced a digital photo book, a podcast interview with BYI activists, two information booklets, stickers on food politics, stencils for spray painting, and educational food wrappers to distribute in retail outlets in Baltimore. Goucher classes continue to collaborate with BYI on research and art and communication projects on the politics of food and community development.

Memefest is the Sherman Fairchild Foundation Visiting Artist for Interdisciplinary Digital Arts in 2019-20 at Goucher College. The workshops was also supported by the Sweren-Wogan Institute, and the screening of deserted and Baltimore’s Strange Fruit was supported by the Robertson Lectureship Fund.

For more information, contact Prof. Daniel Marcus at

For more information on Memefest, see For more information on Black Yield Institute, see


- Red Emma's Bookstore is hosting a panel discussion including Black Yield Institute on Friday, 11/15 at 6 pm:

- Students will be visiting the Cherry Hill Community Garden, created by BYI, on Sunday, 11/17 from 11-noon to gather material for the communication campaign. Contact Daniel Marcus for transportation information.

- Everyone is invited to the Serving Food Justice Gallery Reception and Workshop – Tuesday, Nov. 17 from 5:00-7:00 pm in the Meyerhoff lobby. With a cooking demo/workshop with a terrific Baltimore restauranteuse.



See Workshop course list at end for standard times and locations of Workshops.

Monday, October 28
Serving Food Justice opens - Corrin Gallery in Meyerhoff

Thursday, October 31
HallowGreens in Cherry Hill - Halloween celebration, 6-8 pm

Saturday, November 2
BYI Black Harvest community festival in Cherry Hill, noon-6 pm

Monday, November 4
FYS Photo: Introduction to Memefest (starts at 11:30)

Tuesday, November 5
CPE (both sections): Speed Intro to Memefest (20 minutes introductions);
World Cinema screening w/ discussion - The Gleaners and I (special location: Kelley Lecture Hall)

Wednesday, November 6
FYS Photo: Photography and Food Apartheid;
Memefest workshop for Corrin Gallery - 1:15-2:30 in Meyerhoff lobby

Thursday, November 7
Photo 1: Introduction to Memefest and BYI

Friday, November 8
Audio Production: recording reflections on Food Apartheid and Food Sovereignty - 4:00-5:00 in the Goucher Student Radio Station, Athenaeum

Monday, November 11
FYS Photo: Social Media and Photography

Tuesday, November 12
CPE (2 sections): Making the work

Wednesday, November 13
FYS Photo: Making the work;
Advanced Photographic Practices: Social Media and Photography

Sunday, November 15
Site visit to Cherry Hill Urban Community Garden

Monday, November 18
FYS Photo: Making the work;
Advanced Photographic Practices: Photography & Design in the Era of Photoshop and Fakery

Tuesday, November 19
CPE (2 sections): Making the Work;
Serving Food Justice Gallery Reception and Workshop – 5:00 pm in the Meyerhoff lobby

Wednesday, November 20
FYS Photo: Making the work

Friday, November 22
The Big Finish: projects completion, reflection, celebration – location TBA

Memefest Workshops in Scheduled Classes

FYS 100.002: Power of Photography
Instructor: Laura Burns
Time: MW 10:40 -12:30
Location: MAC 106

CPEA 251 Socially Engaged Art Practices for Environmental Justice
Instructor: Pam Thompson
Time: T/TH 9:30-11:20, T/TH 11:30-1:20
Location: MAC 201

COM 342 World Cinema
Instructor: Maria San Filippo
Time: T/TH 1:30-4:00 (for this event)
Location: Kelley Lecture Hall (for this event)

Art 201.001 Photography I
Instructor: Laura Burns
Time: T/TH 1:30-3:20
Location: MAC 106

ART 375 Advanced Photo Practices
Instructor: Laura Burns
Time: M/W 2:40-4:30
Location: MAC 106