The Odyssey House Art Project took on a special project this spring: visually depicting the harms caused by sugary drinks and the benefits of drinking water. The project culminated in an exhibition, “Consumed,” now on display at the Haven Art Gallery.
The project was supported by a grant from the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH) as part of their efforts to energize and empower communities around the topic of sugary drinks through a variety of local mobilization projects. DOHMH recognizes the value and potential for community stakeholders to raise awareness about the health risks of sugary drinks, as well as environmental factors, like marketing, that promote sweetened beverages.
Sugary drink consumption is directly and indirectly linked to many ill effects, such as cavities, weight gain, and diabetes. People often don’t realize how easy it is to consume high amounts of calories by drinking sodas, juices, and sports drinks. These beverages are also heavily marketed to youth and communities of color, including East and Central Harlem, which have some of the highest rates of sugary drink consumption in NYC.
“Consumed” is open to the public at the Haven Art Gallery, located at 239 E. 121st Street, New York, NY 10035. Please call (917) 492-2582 to schedule a viewing. The mural can be seen on E. 121st Street between 2nd and 3rd Avenues at any time.