Food for Thought - KIPP Chicago Public Schools

Food For Thought

Winter 2019

Food for Thought is a multimedia exhibition created by artists ages 6 to 13. The artworks are explorations of the various roles that food plays in our lives — from sustenance and necessity to celebration, memories, and tradition. While we celebrate many components of food, these works also investigate and illustrate the questions we can ask ourselves about food access, food choice, and food waste.

The works in Food for Thought are intended to pose questions to the artists and viewers in an open-ended way. The exhibition calls for a critical examination of the complexity of how food is entangled within larger systems of power and how to make positive, lasting, and equitable changes to those systems.

We make art to ask questions, examine, and explore. As you view the artwork in Food for Thought, consider the following: What is my relationship with food? What memories do I have that are tied to meals? Where does my food come from? What happens to food after we’re done with it? What role can food play in building community? Who has access to a variety of foods? Who doesn’t? What are activists doing to ensure more people have access to food? How can we all be food activists?

Come Visit Us

Admission is free for all ages. Donations are gladly accepted.


Monday – Friday | 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Saturday – Sunday | By appointment only
Every second Friday of the month
6:00 to 10:00 PM


2007 S. Halsted, Chicago, Illinois 60608

Located in the Pilsen Neighborhood on the southern border of the historic Chicago Arts District.

How to book a group tour

A one-hour tour includes a conversation around each art exhibit, a short video, and an activist button-making activity. We are a small, one-room museum inside the KIPP Chicago regional office, so we can only accommodate groups of 25 people or fewer. Students in grades K-12 are welcome! Email to schedule a tour.