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Indy artists partner to give away fresh food boxes

Artists and musicians have lost their usual income during the pandemic, leaving many to find new ways to make money.

INDIANAPOLIS (WTHR) - The past few months have been difficult for local artists with galleries being closed and music gigs canceled. Their usual income has vanished leaving many to find new ways to make money.

To help, two Indy artists are partnering together to help feed those who are struggling.

Rebecca Graves Prowse and Jason Michael Thomas are giving away free food boxes to other artists in need.

Grave Prowse owns her own pottery business called Gravesco pottery. Jason Thomas Michael is a local farmer, chef and musician. He owns Urbana-Awareness Gardens. Together they have helped more than 80 artists find a meal.

“It’s building community and that’s the most beautiful part of it,” Michael Thomas said. “We are creating a network of people that are looking out for one another.”

Graves Prowse created a unique collection of pottery for the project called “Feed the Artists.” Mugs and bowls feature an old-fashion plague doctor and others have a painting of the original patent for toilet paper. They are also selling clay bread makers for those cooking during the quarantine. She is also working on new designs for Mother’s Day.

“We both love to feed people and we are both very interested in a short supply chain,” she said. “It made sense for the two of us to work together to feed people.”

Part of the sale from the mugs goes towards each food box. The other part goes to keep Graves Prowse’s crew working.

Michael Thomas said he tries to use as many local vendors as possible to fill the boxes. The food is healthy and sustainable.

“Being able to give them that little bit of stress relief so they can be creative feels fantastic,” Graves Prowse said.

For artists interested in receiving a food box, they ask you to fill out a short application on their website.

Graves Prowse’s pottery can be found here.