Press Inquiries

For more information, please email Emily Waltenbaugh, Community Engagement and Media Specialist at Metro Arts: emily.waltenbaugh [at] Or Nicole J. Caruth, curator of Build Better Tables: ncaruth [at]


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."

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 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."

Nashville Scene

By Margaret Littman
July 13, 2018

Gentrification and Dinner on the Menu as Chef Tunde Wey Comes to Nashville

"Heads-up: If you're the type who thinks dinner conversation should steer clear of politics and heated discussion, then the event we're about to highlight is not for you. But if you prefer your meals served with a slice of intellectual debate and action, mark your calendar for Thursday, July 19."

Nashville Scene

By Margaret Littman
August 2, 2018

 H*t Chicken Sh**t Addresses Gentrification in North Nashville

"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."