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Finalist for the Robert E. Gard Award

Build Better Tables is finalist for the Robert E. Gard Award from Americans for the Arts! The Robert E. Gard Award celebrates exemplary work at the intersection of the arts and community life. It aims to raise up projects from the last year lead by individuals or organizations working to cross the arts into other aspects of community life in meaningful, measurable ways.

The Washington Post

By Erin Blakemore
July 28, 2018

These art projects tackle community health issues

"Build Better Tables, a public art project, tackles gentrification and community health head-on. It’s the brainchild of Nicole Caruth, a writer and curator who received funding for the project from Nashville’s arts commission."

Yes! Magazine

By Deonna Anderson

This Chef Is Fighting Gentrification With Hot Chicken

“Nearly 1 out of 4 homeowners and 44 percent of renters in Nashville are cost-burdened, according to a report from Nashville’s mayor’s office. And between 2000 and 2015, there were more than 18,000 fewer units available than needed to meet demand for households with incomes below 60 percent of median household income.”

The Tennessean

By Melinda Baker
July 15, 2018 (print) /July 12, 2018 (online)

Public art exhibition tackles food access and toll of gentrification in Nashville

"Nicole J. Caruth believes that “food is a lens through which we can examine the deeper truths about power and privilege.” The Rhode Island-based curator, writer and arts administrator explores the connections between art and food and how they can be used to expose and help resolve issues of social justice, such as the widening health inequality gap between high-income and low-income Americans."  

Nashville Public Radio

By Blake Farmer
June 11, 2018

Nashville’s Newest Public Art Speaks To Institutional Racism’s Effects On Health

"Nashville's newest display of public art could easily be overlooked: an antique crib and highchair, littered with baby bottles. It's in the lobby of the Lentz Public Health Center, and the artwork speaks to the ways racism has harmed public health."

Nashville Scene

By Erica Ciccarone

“Build Better Tables” Names Best Public Art Project

"When I hear the term ‘public art,’ I think of sculptures in parks and on roadside medians — hardly anything to write home about. But in summer 2018, Metro Arts showed the city how to redefine the term in a way that was fresh, approachable and relevant. With Build Better Tables, curator Nicole J. Caruth sought out locals and out-of-towners to put together a nine-part public project that addressed food security, gentrification, privilege, real estate and neighborly communion."

Nashville Scene

By Margaret Littman

Part I: Gentrification and Dinner on the Menu as Chef Tunde Wey Comes to Nashville, July 13, 2018

Part II:  H*t Chicken Sh**t Addresses Gentrification in North Nashville, August 2, 2018

"There was a combination of excitement, interest and more than a little trepidation in the air July 19 at The Post East, where an audience of roughly 50 artists, architects, government workers and others had gathered. Chef Tunde Wey had emailed those with reservations to his H*t Chicken Sh**t event in advance letting them know that discomfort was on the menu."

Good Food Jobs

By Taylor Cocalis  and Dorothy Neagle
July 3, 2018

E-newsletter, Issue no. 413

"Build Better Tables is helping to bring us all together: nine projects, three months, one city." 

Nashville Arts Magazine

By Donald “Tré” Hardin
June 2018

Build Better Tables

"While the exhibition intends to highlight Nashville’s challenges with gentrification and food justice, Caruth points out that working with local and national artists proves that the issue is much bigger than Nashville: “Now that I can stand back and see what the artists are creating, this exhibition isn’t about Nashville; it’s about inequality everywhere."