After much success across the Atlantic, PerFarmance Project will be conducting an artist residency in Lac qui Parle County, Minnesota. This time around, we are partnering with the Lac qui Parle County Historical Society and Museum.
Through the artist residency in rural Minnesota there will be an exchange between rural and urban artists and the community.
- Throughout the month of June, PerFarmance Project members will be traveling to various townships in the county to conduct conversations with local farmers. Artist-researchers and residents discuss local histories in the community and impacts of global trends on rural life. The interviews will become part of the Lac qui Parle County Historical Society’s archives as well as serve as the material for an original performance.
- On the evening of June 25th, PerFarmance Project and the Lac qui Parle County Historical Society and Museum will be hosting an Open Invitation Town Meeting to discuss the residency and opportunities for involvement.
- The residency itself will take place July 26th to August 1st. Artists and interested community members will be leading workshops, such as: -movement-based workshops -story telling workshops -explaining farm machinery tools -documenting farm practices
- Through the cumulative ideas sparked in the workshops, the community interviews, ethnographic documentation and reflection around the community dinners, the artists and community will produce a culminating performance piece to be presented at the Lac qui Parle County Historical Society and Museum.
-PerFarmance Project has been awarded an arts project grant from the Madison Community Foundation, as well as donated space and advertising. Now, we need the your support to help us reach our goal. Your support will cover the costs of food for the workshop participants, project supplies, and travel between cities.
The project finds sustenance in the sharing and receiving of ideas around food health and security. As a greenhouse nurtures growth of breathing and organic fibers through focused energy and heat, this residency seeks to capture, activate and invigorate the farm to table, rural to urban, local and global debate with a thorough and genuine approach. In this space, visiting artists and local community share energies and expand participant knowledge bases through collaborative processes. Ultimately, through this performance exchange, both farmers and artists are able to workshop the concept of community, which is positively transferred to the larger movement for sustainable living. It is through the farm that the city gains sustenance.
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