Kalamazoo Institute of Arts Hosts Art Against Hunger

Food Drive Benefits Kalamazoo Loaves & Fishes

Posted: September 19, 2011
Source: Farrell Howe
Job Title: Marketing & PR Coordinator
Phone: (269) 349-7775 ext. 3112
Email: farrellh@kiarts.org

Special Attraction: An interactive canned goods art display by local artist, Steve Curl!

Art Against Hunger Can Small

The Kalamazoo Institute of Arts is hosting a food drive called Art Against Hunger to benefit Kalamazoo Loaves & Fishes.

Donations of non-perishable food items will be accepted at the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts, located at 314 South Park Street in downtown Kalamazoo beginning October 1. Donations will also be accepted at the following Downtown Kalamazoo Retail and Restaurant Association locations during Art Hop on Friday, October 7: Cakes Boutique, Irvings Market Deli, Gazelle Sports, V& A Bootery, Chemical Bank, Michigan News Agency, Millennium Restaurant Group, Kalamazoo Gazette, Nature Connection , Plata y Oro Jewelers, Mangia Mangia, Websters Prime, Zazios, Idun Spa Salon and Sofia Floral.

Those who donate will receive a ticket to attend Art & All That Jazz for 1/2 price on Friday, November 18, 5:30-7:30 pm. KIA Members who donate will receive a 1/2 price drink ticket. Special musical guest is Embarr. Arcadia Ale beers and select wines provided by Imperial Beverages are available for purchase, and complimentary food is provided by Panera Bread. Galleries will be open. Art & All That Jazz is sponsored by Panera Bread, DeNooyer Chevrolet and Imperial Beverages.

The KIA is pleased to partner with Kalamazoo Loaves & Fishes through the Art Against Hunger program for the third year. Art Against Hunger uses art as a platform to entertain, educate and inspire creativity while at the same time, bringing awareness to the needs of the hungry in Kalamazoo. We hope to collect as much food as possible to make a difference this holiday season.

"Kalamazoo Loaves & Fishes relies on groups like the KIA and the Downtown Kalamazoo Retail and Restaurant Association as we work to ensure that people across this community have enough to eat." says Loaves & Fishes Executive Director, Anne Lipsey. "Food is essential and with the help of the community we are able to make it available to those in need. Thank you for your support!"

For the "Art" part of Art Against Hunger, the KIA is excited to have local artist Steve Curl create an interactive art sculpture using donated canned goods. The finished structure will be featured in the KIA school commons area during Art & All That Jazz.

Steve Curl

Steve Curl

Steve Curl is a popular Michigan artist known for his use of discarded metals like aluminum to create robots and other fun free-standing sculptures like Japathar, a popular attraction at the Kalamazoo Art Fair.

Art Fair Japthar

A mother and child enjoy Japathar, designed by local artist, Steve Curl.

The Kalamazoo Institute of Arts is excited to partner with Steve Curl to help make Art Against Hunger our most successful food drive yet!

For more information regarding Art Against Hunger, please contact Caroline DeNooyer at (269) 349-7775 ext. 3111 or via email at carolined@kiarts.org.