Bloomberg Philanthropies has named Jackson, Mississippi, a winner of its 2018 Public Art Challenge. The city will now receive a $1 million grant for its project “Fertile Ground: Inspiring Dialogue About Food Access,” with all of the funds going toward public art programming planned for the next two years.
Through the project, artists, landscape architects, filmmakers, farmers, chefs, nutritionists, and community members will shape a citywide exhibition of installations, along with performances, workshops, and panels focused on nutrition and food systems in Jackson. Artists Kara Walker and Adrienne Domnick, New York Times columnist Mark Bittman, designer and gardener Ron Finley, and chef Nick Wallace are among the individuals developing these programs, which will take place in streets, gardens, an elementary school, a food lab with a pop-up kitchen, and other spaces. A representative for Bloomberg Philanthropies confirmed that Walker and Domnick will also contribute works to the show.