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Thanks to a very sweet partnership with artisanal ice cream kitchen Salt & Straw, 4th and 5th grade students from Inner-City Arts had the opportunity to collaborate and create three new signature flavors which will launch in the Salt & Straw Arts District store for the month of April.
In early March, head Salt & Straw ice cream maker Tyler Malek met with a class of students from Metro Charter Elementary in the Inner-City Arts Ceramics Studio to conduct a lesson centered around the role creativity plays in flavor-making. He guided students through a flavor creation process of their own, encouraging them to reflect on foods, memories and feelings that they love most. Following his visit, Malek brought the ideas students crafted back to the kitchen where he and the other Salt & Straw ice cream makers went to work on creating three official Inner-City Arts student-inspired flavors.
“I’m thrilled to have the opportunity to work with the students, to dig deep into their creative minds and show them how to translate their favorite foods, memories, and feelings into flavors of ice cream,” said Tyler Malek. “Opening our Arts District shop this past year gave us the chance to learn more about Downtown LA and Inner-City Arts, and I couldn’t be more proud to partner with an organization supporting such vital arts education programs in the community.”
Influenced by Salt & Straw’s visit, the students collaborated on two large-scale ceramic ice cream sculptures—one sundae and one cone scoop—which are now proudly displayed in the Arts District store alongside the flavors and remain on view for the month’s promotion.
The three new flavors—Hearts Hugs Yummy Nice Kind Friendship; Rice Shrimp Sushi with Lime; and Chicken Tinga—will be available at Salt & Straw’s Arts District location (829 E. 3rd St. Los Angeles, CA 90013) from March 31st through April 27th. 15% of proceeds from the sale of these flavors with benefit Inner-City Arts programs.