Not only would this generate a lot of buzz, and help to educate people about sustainability, but there could also be a number of partner events happening during the exhibition. Schools could encourage children to create their own sustainability-related art. (And this art could have its own exhibition!) There could be a public art campaign, to get art out on the streets, not just in the gallery. Restaurants could participate as well, perhaps by including a discount on an organic meal to those who present their museum ticket stub as a sort of coupon. Pop up shops could sell local art at farmer’s markets. The possibilities for tie-in events are endless.
The participating artists would most certainly come up with a number of challenging works of art that would hopefully generate conversation within the community, as well as inspire people to actively make changes in their life. If this were to become an annual event, it would be interesting to see how the art changes as our relationship to food consumption and production evolves. A city-wide art exhibition would be a great foundation on which to generate conversation, ideas, and long-lasting change.