Bloomberg Philanthropies

Jackson in the running for $1M for art installations to address food insecurity

The city of Jackson is vying for up to $1 million to create art installations addressing food insecurity.

Part of the 2018 Public Art Challenge, the program “provides cities with catalytic funds to develop a public art installation that addresses a pressing civic issue, fosters creative collaboration and supports the local economy.”

Of 200 submissions, Jackson is one of 14 cities in the running for the funding. Three of the 14 cities will be selected. Those cities will be announced in the fall.

The city proposed a citywide exhibition with installations and performances to promote dialogue and inform policy related to food access. Installations and performances that explore food sovereignty, nutrition, domestic hunger and the agrarian landscape will be deployed across areas of the city experiencing food access issues, according to Bloomberg Philanthropies, which sponsors the contest.

“If funded, we will use temporary public art and performances at several places in the city to create public space for dialogue around food access,” said Mukesh Kumar, director of planning and development for the city of Jackson. “The expectation is to harness local ingenuity and creativity to find solutions for challenges of food sovereignty, nutrition, domestic hunger and access.

“Using pop-up art installations and public performances related to food at five different locations, we can engage citizens into finding short-term solutions as well as generating tools and means for longer term sustainable solutions.”

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