Sacramento artist to shine light on area hunger issues, urges community to "Give a Fork"

Food plays an enormous role in our lives – it brings us together, it helps shape our culture, and for many members of our community, it also lies at the center of a daily struggle for survival.

These are just some of the issues that inspired artist Gioia Fonda’s social practice art project Give A Fork.

Give A Fork is an outgrowth of the Crocker Art Museum’s Block by Block initiative, which brings art engagement to areas of our community where it might otherwise be lacking.

For six months, Gioia collected forks throughout our community, and thanks to many donations, she eventually amassed a collection of more than 4,000 forks. Gioia has been creating an art installation made up of panels of forks. It’s called Give a Fork,  that’s Gioia in the fork outfit. As Gioia continues to work to complete the panels that will eventually make up her Give a Fork installation, she is also looking for a “home” for this socially poignant work.

The Crocker Art Museum would like to get the word out about her **free** Artist’s Talk this Saturday (4/22) at 11am at the Oak Park Community Center. Visitors will be able to hear her talk about her work, the inspiration for her work, and they will be able to see the panels in person.

Gioia’s talk will be followed by a conversation with Todd McPherson, Burbank Urban Garden (BUG) Coordinator at Luther Burbank High School.  This artist talk is presented as part of the UC Davis Campus Community Book Project, this year featuring Raj Patel’s Stuffed and Starved.

Here is a link to event information:


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