Announcing! Kickstarter campaign for activist book, Artblog Atlas of Art and Food in Philadelphia

Hello there! We are fundraising for the most amazing book that we are creating: "Artblog Atlas of Art and Food in Philadelphia!" See details and a link to our Kickstarter campaign in the post below. Check out all the rewards for your donation. There are many options available. No contribution is too small. This is a community book, and we want you to have it. Contribute and be one of the first to get your copy in early 2023! THANK YOU!

Close-up on the hands of a Black woman as she takes a sprig of what looks like pine from a ceramic white cup with black illustrations on it that's sitting on a wooden table.
Featured in the the Atlas – Khaliah D. Pitts, Altar Offering, Our Mother’s Kitchens. Courtesy Shivon Pearl Love and Khaliah D. Pitts, Our Mothers’ Kitchens

We are so excited to share our newest project with you- The Artblog Atlas of Art and Food in Philadelphia- but we need your help to publish it! Read all about the project below and then visit KickStarter to donate to the project! We have raised $2,300 towards our goal of $7,500, and we need to raise $2,500 on KickStarter to help get us there. No contribution is too small!

The Artblog Atlas of Art and Food in Philadelphia is a book of stories, interviews, original art and recipes from artists and food industry workers, with a special focus on hunger and food insecurity in a large city with the highest rate of poverty in the nation. The Artblog Atlas will educate and delight, and showcase a more just way of living with food.

The team creating the Artblog Atlas is made of Artblog artists, writers, and editors, who are committed to a mission of equality, diversity and inclusion. Contributors (list incomplete) include Chloe Luisa Piñero, Roberto Lugo, Ken Lum, Dave Kyu, Yvonne Lung, Terri Saulin, Claes Gabriel, Billy Dufala, Justin Favela, Our Mothers Kitchen, Rebel Ventures, Urban Creators, JamBrü Kombucha, Rowhouse Grocery, Patrick Coue, Morgan Nitz, Tessa Mellin, Ashwin Suseendran, Roberta Fallon, Ilana Napoli, Oli Knowles, Angela McQuillan.

We will distribute the book widely, through giveaways, especially to several Philadelphia’s public high schools where students study culinary arts and agriculture management. As an archive with a unique focus on food justice, this book will be useful to citizens looking to help make the food world a more just and equitable place.

In response to the upheavals created by the pandemic, the recession, and widespread civil unrest, Artblog writers and editors asked each other, “What can we do?” The answer, from this food-loving group: Let’s make a community cookbook! With food stories and recipes and beautiful art. Let’s make a book that merges art, food and social justice! Let’s create a book that is a community archive of a particular time and place important to acknowledge and remember.

The Artblog Atlas team has completed one third of the content for The Atlas! We have raised one-third of the funds needed to print the book and pay the book designer.

It is a leap of faith to donate to a book that is not yet published. We are asking you to take that leap with us. Our track record is proven. We have brought one book into the world already. We know how to do this job! If you are reading this, you are part of our community! Join us in bringing this unique book to life! Help propel us to the goal!

Your support will make you the first on your block to receive a copy of the book! We will recognize you in our acknowledgements both on Artblog and in the book itself. We have other great gifts at all different levels of support! THANK YOU!

Artblog loves words and books, stories and community. Our publication is an archive of almost 20 years of stories of Philadelphia art and artists. We believe strongly in justice and sharing and working to make the world better through our efforts. We have long-standing support in the community. We have won awards and succeeded time and again with many ambitious projects including our first book! Our projects are of high quality and valued by the community.

In 2020, Artblog published our first book, The Noble Art of Art Writing, an anthology of prize-winning essays and reviews on Artblog. That book has circulates in Philadelphia schools as a teaching tool for young citizen writers.

Artblog is an online publication started in 2003 by two artist-activists, that is devoted to equality and diversity in the arts. Artblog is a community platform for commentary, advocacy and dialog about contemporary art through discussion of value, truth and power. In 2010, Artblog became a non-profit 501c3 organization. Artblog will be 20 years old in 2023.