The great dichotomies include: being and nothingness, darkness and light, the sacred and the profane, and peanut butter and jelly. To these we would add “Art and Agriculture,” our effort by which to reconcile them being the series of the same name. By inviting both left-brain and right-brain engagement, we hope to come up with a whole-brain approach to some urgent issues. This meant lectures, film premieres, town halls, and sketching lessons.
Though The Common Acre has paused the series in pursuit of other projects, stay tuned for more explorations at the intersection between arts and ecology.
The inaugural edition of Art+Agriculture was held December 1, 2010 at Kane Hall at the University of Washington, produced by The Common Acre’s precursor Essential Arts. It featured the Seattle Premiere of the film “Vanishing of the Bees,” a honey tasting of local honey before the film, guest performances by poets Matt Gano and Judith Roche. Co-presented with the Puget Sound Beekeepers Association and the Pollinator Pathway, with the support of Seattle Tilth and the Washington Toxics Coalition. The event was sponsored by the Program on the Environment at the University of Washington.