Scripps College to Hold “Public Fruit Jam”

CLAREMONT, Calif. (April 19, 2010) — Fallen Fruit founders David Burns, Matias Viegener, and Austin Young come to Scripps College to hold a “Public Fruit Jam” community event on Friday, April 23. The event begins with a presentation of their organization at 2:30pm in the Hampton Room, Malott Commons. Immediately following, participants will work in small groups to make marmalade from oranges picked on the Scripps College campus. The event is free and open to the public.

Jam-making supplies will be provided at the event, although participants are encouraged to bring clean, empty jars to take marmalade home. Each individual will receive a free container of marmalade for their participation. Remaining marmalade will be sold for $10 per jar. Proceeds will benefit Get on the Bus, a non-profit organization that allows California children and their caregivers to visit incarcerated parents.

Fallen Fruit is an art collaboration investigating urban space, ideas of neighborhood, and new forms of located citizenship and community. Founded in 2004, the group began by distributing maps of “public fruit” growing on or over public property in Los Angeles. Fallen Fruit is currently co-curator of a year-long project at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art entitled “EATLACMA,” which promotes food as a common ground to explore the social role of art and ritual in community and human relationships. For more information visit the Fallen Fruit website.