Study Guide

In this section we will keep an evolving list of resources that have informed our thinking about this project so that we may open up our process to everyone. If you have suggestions of ideas as to how we can expand this list, please feel free to contact us.


Relevant Reading:

Arnstein, Sherry R., “A Ladder of Citizen Participation”

Berry, Wendell, “It All Turns on Affection”, 2012 Jefferson Lecture

Berry, Wendell, The Unsettling of America; Culture & Agriculture

Beuys, Joseph, Volker Harlan (ed.), What is Art?: Conversations with Joseph Beuys

Finkelpearl, Tom, What We Made: Conversations on Art and Social Cooperation

Helguera, Pablo, Education for Socially Engaged Art: A Materials and Techniques Handbook

Kaprow, Allan, Essays on the Blurring of Art and Life

McIntosh, Alistair, Soil and Soul: People Versus Corporate Power

McIntosh, Alistair, Rekindling Community: Connecting People, Environment, & Spirituality 

Montgomery, David R., Dirt: The Erosion of Civilizations

Montgomery, David R., Growing a Revolution: Bringing Our Soil Back to Life

Reiman, Joshua, “Context as Material: A Conversation with Jon Rubin.” Sculpture Magazine 35.2 (2016)

Thompson, Nato (ed.), Living as Form: Socially Engaged Art from 1991-2011

Sobel, David, Place-Based Education: Connecting Classrooms and Communities

Stoll, Steven, Ramp Hollow: The Ordeal of Appalachia


Related Projects:

Abounaddara Syrian Film Collective

Joseph Beuys, 7,000 Oaks

David Burns, Matias Viegener, and Austin Young, Fallen Fruit

Frances Whitehead, Fruit Futures Initiative Gary 

Aaron Gach, The Center for Tactical Magic

Gal Gael 

Theaster Gates, Dorchester Projects 

Govanhill Baths

Jane Philbrick, TILL

Jeanne van Heeswijk, Philadelphia Assembled

Jeff Weiss, Prometheus Project

Jon Rubin, Conflict Kitchen 

Mary Mattingly, SWALE

Pablo Helguera, Librería Donceles 

Paul Chan, Waiting for Godot in New Orleans

Pedro Reyes, Palas por Pistolas 


Rick Lowe, Project Row Houses 

Risë Wilson (founder), The Laundromat Project

Simone Leigh, Free People’s Medical Clinic

Suzanne Lacy, Between the Door and the Street

Suzanne Lacy, De tu Puño y Letra

The Project Cafe

Tin Cat, MILK


Organizations (etc.):

A Blade of Grass

Appalachian Regional Commission


Bethel Historical Society & Museum

Clermont County Soil and Water Conservation District

Creative Time

Empower Youth

Living Lands & Waters

Mount Vernon Nazarene University

Ohio State University’s InFACT

Open Engagement

Parsons School of Design (The New School)

Project Anywhere

Residency Unlimited

The Berry Center

The Land Institute 

The Shepherd’s Place


Videos and Film:

Wendell Berry, Wes Jackson, and Mary Berry at the 36th Annual E. F. Schumacher Lectures

Joseph Beuys, “Art for me is the science of Freedom”

Joseph Beuys, Public Dialogue 

Look and See: A Portrait of Wendell Berry (now available on Netflix)