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Our culture is at the crossroads. We live in a world of limited resources, and for the first time people are searching for new ways to live more sustainably. The challenges we face are many:
  1. Consumers lack the necessary knowledge to make informed decisions about what foods to purchase for their families.
  2. Teachers and Students Lack the proper Classroom Tools for Field-Based Learning.
  3. Small Farmers Need Information and New Solutions to meet the Market Challenges presented by Industrial Agriculture.
  4. Communities Need Help to Build Healthy Local Food Systems.
To bring these important ideas to a national audience, the Lexicon of Sustainability will take art out of museums and galleries and allow individuals/local groups from around the country to host POP UP ART SHOWS. These shows are temporary and mobile art events held directly in a community, spurring dialog about how people can have a positive impact on their local food systems. Once a year, one hundred curators will be chosen to host these shows and each curator will host at least five shows in their community. When the curator is finished putting on their pop up shows, they will donate the images to a local organization in their community. The Lexicon will provide essentially everything needed to host a pop up show; this includes a Curator Tool Kit, which features step-by-step instructions on how to host a show, ideas on how to present the photographs, a document with the plain text on the images, and some promotional tools curators can use to promote their pop up show. All curators are also encouraged to reach out to one another for additional ideas and support.

What is a pop up show?

A temporary and mobile art event held directly in a community. The locations can span from a school, a library, a park, a garden, or even a fish hatchery – really just about anywhere a group can be assembled and there is open space to present 24 photographs.

What is a curator?

A curator for The Lexicon’s pop up show is an individual, or group, that will secure locations, dates and times for shows. Our curators will also be in charge of setting up the show, displaying the art, and coordinating a speaker, or anything else to go along with the show. The curator will also be responsible for selecting an organization for the permanent Lexicon photos installation in their community.

What benefits will you receive from curating a Lexicon pop up show?

  • The opportunity to activate your community and make positive changes in your local food system.
  • Free Art! Twenty-four 26” x 37” photographs that you can share with your community.
  • Connecting curator’s businesses or organizations to other groups on our Lexicon website.
  • National exposure for curator’s communities and their sustainability initiatives.

Curator Application Form

  • List five venues where pop-up shows will be hosted in your community:

  • Tell us about yourself.

  • If you have any questions, please email Mary at mary@lexiconofsustainability.com

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