FOR FREEDOMS TOWN HALL: Freedom from Want: Food Insecurity

December 2, 2017 / 1:00pm

Free + open to all - Registration Suggested

10AM: #hashtaglunchbag Cleveland Help make lunches and distribute them to people who are homeless in Cleveland

1PM: Town Hall Event Panel discussion and interactive experience focused on food insecurity in our city and beyond

Food is a foundation for humanity; yet, 19% of Cuyahoga County residents—over 240,000 people—are food insecure. Focusing on Freedom from Want, this program examines the structures that regulate and impose upon the supply and history of access to food in America. We will look together at how food insecurity and food deserts are created, and what the effects are on nutrition, health, and well-being.

The Museum opens early this day to host Hashtag Lunchbag Cleveland, an organization that makes and distributes lunches to people who are homeless in Cleveland. Volunteer your time to help assemble and, as space allows, distribute lunches to the urban homeless community.

At 1PM, a panel of local, regional, and national leaders working in food production, distribution, access, and policy will convene to discuss with the audience the factors, outcomes, and possible solutions to food insecurity and inequity in our country. Moderated by For Freedoms founder and artist Eric Gottesman, the panel includes Ginger Brooks Takahashi, co-founder of the Braddock, PA artist collective General Sisters, and representatives from the Greater Cleveland FoodBank, Rid-All Green Partnership, and other local and national organizations. 

ABOUT THE FOR FREEDOMS TOWN HALL PROJECT

MOCA Cleveland is partnering with For Freedoms, an artist-run initiative founded by artists Hank Willis Thomas and Eric Gottesman, in a two-year residency focused on a series of free, quarterly Town Hall discussions. Co-produced with The City Club of Cleveland, these programs provide safe platforms for topical conversations that seek to encourage a more active, collaborative, inclusive, and empathic community.

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All programs are funded by The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts and Leadership Circle gifts from anonymous donors, Yuval Brisker, Joanne Cohen and Morris Wheeler, Margaret Cohen and Kevin Rahilly, Becky Dunn, Harriet Goldberg, Agnes Gund, Richard and Michelle Jeschelnig, Donna and Stewart Kohl, Jan Lewis, Toby Devan Lewis, and Scott Mueller.

All MOCA Cleveland programs are supported in part by the residents of Cuyahoga County through a public grant from Cuyahoga Arts & Culture, the Cleveland Foundation, the George Gund Foundation, and the continuing support of the Museum’s Board of Directors, patrons, and members.