Artis is from Ellenwood, Georgia, and graduated from Kennesaw State University with a degree in geography, minors in Spanish and environmental studies, and a certificate in GIS. Guided by his passions for exploring connections between food, culture, and sustainable agriculture, Artis conducted research on community garden planning, which he presented to lawmakers in the Georgia General Assembly in Atlanta. He also participated in the Doris Duke Conservation Scholars Program at the University of Washington, where he worked in tandem to develop a food justice-based curriculum for youth at the Danny Woo Community Garden in the Chinatown-International District. As an Emerson Fellow, he hopes to continue learning about community food systems and their mitigating effects on hunger.
Field placement: Chicago Food Policy Action Council
Artis completed his field work at the Chicago Food Policy Action Council (CFPAC) in Chicago, Illinois. His project involved data collection, systems mapping, and data visualization for the Good Food Purchasing Program adopted by the City of Chicago and Cook County. His work supported small, minority-owned food distributors and producers to identify capacity and gaps in the food procurement system, and to encourage them to bid for vendor contracts with local government agencies.
Policy placement: National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition
Artis is working with the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition (NSAC) supporting the Grassroots Team's efforts to build and network efficiently. He is using social network analysis software to identify key agriculture policy organizations and mapping those relationships for targeted and informed outreach and coalition building.