Feed Your Heart


Thanks to Ithaca Health Alliance for bringing our company, Shirari Industries, in on their 2014 tote bag design project! The bags are being distributed with free veggies in them at Congo Square Market.

We donated our services (some vector, layout, and coloring work) to put more of the budget toward printing. Thanks to the folks at Standard Art Supply & Souvenir, who donated 55 of the bags they printed! Here’s to a healthy Ithaca for all.

“Feed Your Heart” at Congo Square Market
Tomorrow, Friday, August 15th
from 4pm – 8pm at the park next to Southside Community Center, 305 S. Plain St, Ithaca

Market is open every Friday from 4-8pm til September.

Enjoy FREE music, health services & heart-healthy veggies from the market’s Fresh Fruits and Vegetables Stand (grown by Youth Farm Project)!
* Conscious hip hop with Irie Member
* Free introductory acupuncture with Anthony Fazio, L.Ac. (6-8pm)
* Heart health info from Phoebe Brown of Cayuga Medical Center
* Talk with your local herbalists and farmers!

On the 15th it will be “Senior Night” featuring a spoken word performance by Dubian Ade and Motown and Oldies with DJ Moe!

Ithaca Health Alliance’s Community Health Education Program is working with Congo Square Market to promote and celebrate a healthier future for our community and generations to come. We’ll highlight medical and holistic care that is helpful for your heart health!

Here Anthony Fazio shares the Chinese medical perspective: The Heart expresses consciousness, joy, and sadness; all contribute to its good health. For a healthy heart, Chinese Medicine promotes exercise, good diet, rest and proper life practices (meditation, massage, acupuncture). Those with heart conditions can benefit from acupuncture and Chinese herbs. Preventive healthcare such as acupuncture and Chinese Medicine are far easier, less costly, and less invasive. All types of medicine can be of assistance; a multi-level approach is optimal. Anthony is a local acupuncturist at Peaceful Spirit Acupuncture, teaches Tai-Chi classes at Sunrise Yoga Center and volunteers on the Board of Directors and as an acupuncture provider volunteer at Ithaca Health Alliance’s Free Clinic.

Congo Square Market Mission:
* to build a stronger self-reliant local community,
* to develop Southside’s economic base,
* and to encourage community & personal health.

Ithaca Health Alliance Education Tents are made possible in part by Tompkins Charitable Gift Fund. Partners & Contributors: Cayuga Medical Center: Cayuga Center for Healthy Living, Congo Square Market, Ithaca Health Alliance: Community Health Education & Ithaca Free Clinic, Shirari Industries, Southside Community Center, Standard Art Supply & Souvenir, Whole Community Project, Youth Farm Project & community donors.

One of those very rare moments when I regret not living in NYC anymore

Design and Violence Debate: Debate III (MoMA):

Design and Violence is an ongoing online curatorial experiment that explores the manifestations of violence in contemporary society by pairing critical thinkers with examples of challenging design work. Contributors’ weekly essays have been published since November 2013, creating a body of opinion and a set of case studies that spark discussion and bring the ambiguous relationship between design and violence to center stage for designers and the people they serve—all of us.

Design and Violence is organized by Paola Antonelli, Senior Curator, Department of Architecture and Design, MoMA; Jamer Hunt, Director, graduate program in Transdisciplinary Design, Parsons The New School for Design; and Michelle Millar Fisher, Exhibition Coordinator, Department of Architecture and Design, MoMA.

The third debate will center upon Temple Grandin’s “serpentine ramp,” a slaughterhouse design modification that attempts stress reduction and a more humane death for animals. Professor Gary L. Francione (Distinguished Professor of Law, Rutgers, and author, Eat Like You Care: An Examination of the Morality of Eating Animals) and Nicola Twilley (editor/author of Edible, co-founder of the Foodprint Project, and director of Studio-X NYC) will deliver debate motions, moderated by Design and Violence co-curator Paola Antonelli.

Help design the MLK Freedom Walkway

Community Design Session for the

MLK Freedom Walkway South Loop Artwork

Where: Southside Community Center
When: Saturday, February 15, 2014, from 3:00 to 5:00
Why: We need your vision!

Local artist, Annemarie Zwack, has been commissioned to design a visually integrated collection of public art pieces that will serve as the backbone of the Southside Loop of the MLK Freedom Walkway: a physical trail celebrating the life and legacy of Dr. King, in the context of Ithaca’s African American history. The walkway traces local events and people whose efforts mirror the national struggle for civil rights and social justice. Two loops of the walkway are ultimately planned, the first, the South Loop, will be located on the block of Cleveland Avenue between South Plain and South Corn Streets.

Come share your vision for this community asset! The concepts contributed by the community in this brainstorming session will inform the final design of the project.

Need more information? E-mail Annemarie at