CUE is proud to host the Food Fighters Exhibition in the CUE Project Space.
Food Fighters was a six-week pilot program for teen artists. They learned about food justice as it relates to income inequality and created new artwork on the topic.
In July, the students began internships at three different food justice organizations in New York City—Drive Change, Mt. Sinai Health, and Harlem Grown—contributing a minimum of eight hours per week. The students also met weekly at CUE Art Foundation where they shared their internship experiences, and heard from guest artists and activists. Drawing from these experiences, the students created the artwork installed here. Other works by the students are currently on view in the exhibition In Search of One City: Sensing (in)equality at The Old Stone House in Brooklyn.
Food Fighters was co-developed by the Artist Volunteer Center and With Food in Mind. The Artist Volunteer Center aims to get artists out of their studios to participate in volunteer projects that involve humanitarian work, in turn offering participating artists the resources and opportunities to help their artwork flourish. With Food in Mind develops art-based approaches to food education and food injustice, exploring the potential of visual art and artists to impart nutritional knowledge and to affect change in childhood obesity in low-income neighborhoods and communities of color.