Artists, Muralists, collaboraTors
Otabenga Jones & Associates
The People’s Plate, 2018
Site-specific mural; variable dimensions
Inspired by the Free Breakfast for Children Program begun by the Black Panthers, to cook and serve breakfast to poor inner-city children, The People’s Plate is a project that aims to provide Black community members with a set of tools that encourage self-sufficiency and empowerment in maintaining their health through optimal food choices. An outdoor mural serves as the vehicle to connect food and diet with histories of art and activism. In the Nashville iteration of the mural, the artist collective Otabenga Jones & Associates draws visual inspiration from the work of Emory Douglas, the former Minister of Culture for the Black Panther Party, as well as Aaron Douglas, the founding chair of the Fisk University art department. The mural encourages viewers to consider how issues of class, race, and location determine who has access to what many would consider a basic human right: healthy food.
To be announced.