Contact: Brenda Flood

Cal Poly Team to Exhibit Pop-Up Art on Local Food and Farming June 3-4

SAN LUIS OBISPO — A Cal Poly professor and her students will have a two-day pop-up art exhibit, SLO Map, about food and farming in San Luis Obispo County. The event will take place from 5 to 9 p.m. Friday, June 3, and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, June 4, at 669 Higuera St. San Luis Obispo.

The exhibit will explore local food systems through art, maps, games, and social media storytelling. Maps, drawings, photos and collages created by visitors will become part of the exhibit. The event is free and appropriate for all ages.

SLO Map is an 18-month project that supports the creation of positive local food systems through public outreach, mapping and art. Students from landscape architecture, environmental engineering, journalism, environmental management and protection, crop science, and city and regional planning have been involved in data collection, community outreach, geographic information systems (GIS) mapping, and interviews with local food stakeholders.

The project was organized by Ellen Burke, assistant professor of landscape architecture, and funded by a grant from Art Place America, a national grants program supporting place-based community planning and development.

The SLO Map student team includes Mekdem Wright, environmental engineering; Barbara Levin, journalism; Ryan Janzen and Alyssa Luna, environmental management and protection; Chad Evans and Sarah Samynathan, landscape architecture; and Niko Comati, crop science.

For more information about the SLO Map project or pop-up art exhibit, visit For more about ArtPlace America, go to

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