Artist Projects

The People's Plate


Otabenga Jones & Associates

Through a collaborative art project/public health program, Otabenga Jones & Associates will attempt to mitigate the ongoing health crisis of obesity and its related risks. The Collective will create a public mural at the Lawndale Art Center along with a series of adjacent programs, kicking off a year-long commitment to health education. Programs will include cooking classes, a foraging workshop, an urban gardening workshop, an instructional cooking video and a line of mass produced lunchboxes that will be made available to the public. Inspired by the Black Panther Free Breakfast for School Children Program, which saw the Panthers cooking and serving breakfast to poor inner city children, the Collective aims to provide at-risk community members with a set of tools that will encourage self-sufficiency and empowerment in terms of maintaining their own health through food choices while building community. The graphic identity of the project, including the Lawndale mural and lunch kits for kids, will incorporate iconic imagery by graphic artist and Black Panther Minister of Culture Emory Douglas.

  • Artists

    Otabenga Jones & Associates

    Otabenga Jones & Associates is a Houston-based educational art organization founded in 2002 by artist and educator Otabenga Jones in c…

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    D. Jabari Anderson

    D. Jabari Anderson is a founding member of Otabenga Jones & Associates and an artist who creates mixed media drawings on handmade paper. He is a …

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    Jamal Cyrus

    Jamal Cyrus (born 1973, Houston, TX) lives and works in Houston. He received his BFA from the University of Houston in 2004 and his MFA fr…

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    Kenya Evans

    A native of North Carolina, Kenya Evans works in the media of painting, drawing, sculpture, and audio installations. He is a founding member of Otabe…

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    Robert Pruitt

    Robert Pruitt (b. 1975) is a Native of Houston Texas. He earned his BA from Texas Southern University and a MFAfrom the University of Texas in A…

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  • Events

    Apr 01 – Apr 22, 2016
    Otabenga Jones & Associates Bring OJBKFM Radio to Houston



    Feb 28 – Aug 28, 2014
    Ottabenga Jones & Associates presents her Creative Capital Project "The People's Plate" at the Lawndale Art Center in Houston



    Mar 19 – May 02, 2009
    Jamal Cyrus: Winners Have Yet To Be Announced



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  • Project News

    February 25, 2014
    Project Premiere: Otabenga Jones & Associates Present "The People's Plate" at Lawndale Art Center in Houston



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