I am thrilled to share this news with you: I was chosen to lead a groundbreaking project for the Thurston County Food Bank, as their Artist in Residence! This would not have been possible without the support of so many amazing people.
This Art and Action project will involve over 1,000 students and adults, primarily in Lacey, WA. It will result in a permanent art installation at the new Lacey Food Bank. The new food bank will house a farm stand, distribution center, and victory garden, run by veterans and GRuB. Check out this article to learn more about the new food bank.
One of the things that thrills me about with this project is that it will be a collaborative effort from start to finish, including the design of the art installation. Often times this step is skipped over because an organization wants to know what product they will receive before they agree to fund it. This makes sense, of course. I wouldn’t be likely to go into a store, hand the cashier some money, and ask them to pick out some new shoes for me!
Yet I believe involving the public in the design process will result in a richer, more robust project, and a more interesting and impactful art installation.
Thank you Thurston County Food Bank for taking the risk and making collaboration a priority!
As the project progresses I will share stories, updates, and lessons learned here on my blog. Some of the things we will explore include:
- How much food are we wasting and why?
- Why is wasting food such a big deal, anyway?
- How can wasting less food help solve the hunger problem?
- What are some strategies for collaborative art?
- How do you include many people’s artwork in a single project?
- What materials work best for exterior installations?
- And so much more!
I know this project will push me to reach and grow in ways that I can’t yet grasp. Truly, I am honored and humbled by this opportunity.
May the explorations into Art and Action begin!