Allison Carruth, associate professor of English at UCLA and director of the Laboratory for Environmental Narrative Strategies, has been awarded $15,000 from the UCLA Arts Initiative “Campus as Canvas” grant for a project called “Artful Food, Climate Chaos.”

In “Artful Food, Climate Chaos,” Carruth will be collaborating on with New York artist Marina Zurkow, whose work has shown at the Smithsonian and SFMOMA, and Los Angeles chefs Henry Fischer and Anna Rose Hopkins.

The project will involve undergraduate and graduate students and will take shape as a series of public campus “tastings” and conversations around the topic of sustainable foods for climate change. “Artful Food, Climate Chaos” will create spaces where food science meets performance art.

Carruth’s research and teaching interests include contemporary American food culture, literature and science, environmental narrative, media and art and the interface of technology and environmentalism.