1. April 9, 2012

    on the occasion of Lucas Foglia's "A Natural Order" at the David Winton Bell Gallery curated by Jo-Ann Conklin

    More information about the exhibition: http://brown.edu/campus-life/arts/bell-gallery/exhibitions/lucas-foglia-natural-order

    About Will:

    Will Allen, son of a sharecropper, former professional basketball player, ex-corporate sales leader, and longtime farmer, has become recognized as among the preeminent thinkers of our time on agriculture and food policy. The founder and CEO of Growing Power Inc., a farm and community food center in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Allen is widely considered the leading authority in the expanding field of urban agriculture. At Growing Power and in community food projects across the nation and around the world, Allen promotes the belief that all people, regardless of their economic circumstances, should have access to fresh, safe, affordable and nutritious foods at all times. Using methods he has developed over a lifetime, Allen trains community members to become community farmers, assuring them a secure source of good food without regard to political or economic forces. In 2008 Mr. Allen received the prestigous MacArthur "Genius grant" for his efforts to promote urban sustainable food systems. Later, in 2010 Mr. Allen joined First Lady Michelle Obama as she launched the White House’s “Let’s Move” campaign to address issues affecting American youth and the risk of obesity and later that year was also recognized as one of TIME magazine’s 100 Most Influential People in the World. Since then, Mr. Allen has received numerous awards and recognitions, including the James Beard Award in 2011 and the NCAA Theodore Roosevelt Award in 2012.

    Growing Power was started in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, in 1993 by Will Allen. It is a national nonprofit organization and land trust supporting people from diverse backgrounds, and the environments in which they live, by helping to provide equal access to healthy, high-quality, safe and affordable food for people in all communities. Growing Power implements this mission by providing hands-on training, on-the-ground demonstration, outreach and technical assistance through the development of Community Food Systems that help people grow, process, market and distribute food in a sustainable manner.

    This event is made possible by funding from the David Winton Bell Gallery, the Arts Initiative courtesy of the Creative Arts Council, the Visual Art Department, the Center for Environmental Studies, the Department of History, the John Nicholas Brown Center for Public Humanities and Cultural Heritage and course development funding courtesy of Prof. Kathryn DeMaster.

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  2. April 13, 2012

    on the occasion of Lucas Foglia's "A Natural Order" at the David Winton Bell Gallery curated by Jo-Ann Conklin

    More information about the exhibition: http://brown.edu/campus-life/arts/bell-gallery/exhibitions/lucas-foglia-natural-order

    About Doug:

    Whether he's singing about catfish, pontificating on possums, extolling the virtues of dandelions, pondering the “nature” in human nature, telling wild snake tales or wailing out a jivey harmonica tune, storyteller Doug Elliott, is known for his lively presentations as well as his broad, practical, scientific, and cultural knowledge of how to get along in the natural world.

    Elliott is a naturalist, herbalist, storyteller, basket maker, back-country guide, philosopher, and harmonica wizard. He has performed at festivals, museums and schools from Canada to the Caribbean. He has been a featured storyteller at the National Storytelling Festival in Jonesboro, TN. and has conducted workshops and programs at the American Museum of Natural History in New York, the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto and the Smithsonian Institution. Doug has trained rangers for the National Park Service and guided people on wilderness experiences from Down-east Maine to the Florida Everglades. He was named harmonica champion at Fiddler's Grove Festival in Union Grove, N.C.

    Doug regularly writes articles for regional and national magazines. He has authored five books, produced a number of award-winning recordings of stories and songs, and is occasionally seen on PBS-TV and the History Channel.

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A Natural Order

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Activating the exhibition "A Natural Order" by Lucas Foglia at the David Winton Bell Gallery, this event series brought leading national figures in agriculture and wisdom of the natural world to Brown University for a special series of talks at the Granoff…


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Activating the exhibition "A Natural Order" by Lucas Foglia at the David Winton Bell Gallery, this event series brought leading national figures in agriculture and wisdom of the natural world to Brown University for a special series of talks at the Granoff Center for Creative Arts and List Art Center.

Featuring:

Will Allen, CEO of Growing Power and MacArthur Foundation Grant Recipient. Mr Allen will be speaking on the topic of “A Good Food Revolution”.

Doug Elliott, naturalist, herbalist, and nationally recognized storyteller, presenting “Rewilding, Weeds, and Woodlands Wisdom: Living off the land in a changing world” featuring stories of the communities documented in Foglia's "A Natural Order".

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