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Tunde Wey, Metro Arts To Hold Three Pop-up Dinners Addressing Gentrification

Emily Waltenbaugh, 615-862-4099

Chef-Artist Presents Second Course of “H*t Chicken Sh**t” Project for Metro Arts’ Build Better Tables Exhibition

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Nashvillians have been discussing the intersection of food, community and gentrification all summer as part of Metro Arts’ inaugural citywide temporary art exhibition, Build Better Tables. Next week, they will have the opportunity to put their words into action as chef-artist Tunde Wey presents the second phase of his “H*t Chicken Sh**t” project: a series of three pop-up dinners from 6-9 p.m. Aug. 23-25 at Westwood Baptist Church, 2510 Albion Street.

When ordering from the menu, featuring a version of hot chicken infused with influences from Wey’s native Nigeria, diners will be asked to pledge funds or land in North Nashville’s census tract 143. These pledges will be collected in a community land trust, managed by The Housing Fund, which allows residents to buy affordable homes on nonprofit-owned land.

Residents of the neighborhood, as well as those who wish to participate in the dinner and discussion but do not have funds or property to pledge, are still encouraged to join the conversation at no charge.

Nashvillians can make pledges and learn about Chef Wey and H*t Chicken Sh**t at

About Build Better Tables

Build Better Tables is a temporary public art exhibition focusing on food issues to examine urban development and understand the effects of gentrification on community health and wellness. Presented by Metro Arts: Nashville Office of Arts and Culture, nine projects by local and national artists are placed at publicly accessible sites across the city, from bus stops to community centers to church lawns, advancing the aim of Metro Arts for every Nashvillian to experience a creative city. The artists’ projects include an outdoor bread oven and neighborhood hearth, a bicycle rickshaw for fresh-produce delivery and food education, seed libraries promoting community action for food sovereignty, brass-and-sugar sculptures concerning Black maternal mortality, and eating events that address the role of food in discriminatory development. Together, they prompt a critical look at the social and economic forces that influence food access and culture.

About Metro Arts

Metro Arts is the Nashville Office of Arts + Culture. Our mission is to drive a vibrant and equitable community through the arts. Metro Arts receives operational support from the Tennessee Arts Commission, and additional information is available online at