Culinary arts is a form of fine art that brings people together around food and culture. Sharing a meal or trying out a new recipe is a daily ritual by many in which we unknowingly experience other cultures and learn from one another. Who we are and what we eat can often help to define our place in this world and how we relate to others. Just Arts is a one day festival that seeks to explore how to make the world a better place. This year's focus is on culinary art.
All types of arts serve a purpose in society, some more explicitly leaning towards social justice. The ones that take place in everyday lives and permeate into the psyche without calling for attention are the most powerful.
Here in America, we often say we have a vast melting pot of cultures. We want to use this festival to deconstruct the melting pot and showcase the cuisine of different cultures individually to celebrate the culinary tapestry of the United States. This will give us an opportunity to highlight the narratives about a culture through the origins of their cuisine and the people who identify with it. Food is a cultural storyteller!
Through the sharing of food, song and dance, Just Arts aims to change the world by bringing people together from all walks of life to share their pride, their culture and most importantly, their sense of self. We hope you will join us.
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All seating for Olney Outdoors is general admission and will be available on a first-come first-served basis. The venue opens approximately ½ hour prior to performance time except where noted. There will be several seating options available including:
- A dedicated area for blankets
- Seats provided by Olney Theatre
- Bleachers provided by Olney Theatre
- A dedicated area for those who bring their own seats
- At heavily attended events, additional benches will be available on the plaza, along with picnic tables, and space to set up your own chairs
Spaces may not be reserved in advance. Please visit our accessibility page if you have special seating needs.