Meet J Muzacz
J Muzacz is an artist and educator passionate about social advocacy. A native Texan, Muzacz has created large-scale murals all over the world, including New Zealand, Japan and Taiwan. His work has been commissioned by Facebook, Anheuser-Busch, the City of Austin and other high profile organizations. Muzacz’s latest passion project is an artist-run creative hub, known as The Mosaic Workshop, where he teaches the process of public art creation and installation through a collaborative, hands-on process.
Years ago, Muzacz worked as a day laborer working on sugarcane and mango farms in Okinawa Japan. His first-hand experience gave him insight into the hardships and unrelenting conditions that farmers are faced with everyday to harvest staples people enjoy everyday.
“I decided to partner with Fairtrade on this important campaign because I believe in the organization’s mission to bring fair wages and working conditions to all farmers and workers worldwide. When we go to the store and purchase something as simple as a chocolate bar, we can make informed decisions and support those companies who treat their employees and supply chain partners with respect and dignity.”
Our choices at the supermarket actually can make a difference in someone’s life halfway around the world.
Muzacz is inspired by the women-run, Fairtrade-certified cocoa farms that pay fair wages and promote gender equality to fight against poverty. He hopes this joyful mural conveys the strength, humanity and drive of the farmers depicted to inspire current and future generations to shop ethically and sustainably.
Wheatsville Food Co-op is a full service, natural foods cooperative grocery store serving the central Austin community since 1976. Its primary mission is supplying high-quality food and unbiased information about food to the Austin community. The only retail food cooperative in Texas, Wheatsville Co-op has more than 24,000 invested owners and operates two locations. It has been voted ‘Best Neighborhood Grocery ’ by the Austin Chronicle’s Readers Poll for eleven years running.