Food Justice: Growing a Healthier Community through Art

Fall/Winter 2021 in the Main Gallery

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Food security is among the most basic of human needs, but contemporary issues preventing equitable access to food are extremely complex.

In Pennsylvania, 521,750 children are “food insecure,” lacking reliable access to a sufficient quantity of affordable, nutritious food. Nearly 1 in 7 of our neighbors in Allegheny County face chronic hunger and food scarcity. Economic inequality and structural racism, corporate agricultural practices, food waste, climate change, and domestic and geopolitics are among the many factors that contribute to the wide and growing disparity in the distribution of food resources across the US and around the globe.

Food Justice: Growing a Healthier Community through Art will critically explore complex human issues that can shape and influence positive change in food security. Because of the visionary, poetic and transformative potential of art, you will see, feel, and understand the issues of food insecurity in new and meaningful ways and be moved to become part of the solution.

For more information, visit Food Justice exhibition website.

To raise awareness around the need for food security, Contemporary Craft is open to traveling the social justice exhibitions, Food Justice: Growing a Healthier Community Through Art, to venues. More information can be found in the Food Justice Travel Exhibition prospectus.

General operating support for Contemporary Craft is provided by the Allegheny Regional Asset District, the Elizabeth R. Raphael Fund of The Pittsburgh Foundation, The Heinz Endowments, the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, Bloomberg Philanthropies, and JENDOCO Construction Corporation. (As of January 2020)

Artwork featured: Anna Metcalfe. Pop-Up Picnic. Photo courtesy of Anna Metcalfe.