The following is a list of resources that informed our thinking about the project. Evolving over two years and open to suggestions from the public, this list is still by no means exhaustive. You are welcome to offer further suggestions by contacting us here.


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

Bourriaud, Nicolas, Relational Aesthetics (excerpts)

Bradley, Will and Esche, Charles, eds., Art and Social Change: A Critical Reader

Bruggemann, Walter, The Prophetic Imagination

Catte, Elizabeth, What You Are Getting Wrong About Appalachia

Charpentier, Erin and Neel, Travis, eds., Art & Social Practice Workbook

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

Friere, Paulo, Pedagogy of the Oppressed

Grady, Elizabeth M., ed., Future Imperfect: A Blade of Grass

Greene, Maxine, “Public Education and the Public Space”

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

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

Kwon, Miwon, One Place After Another: Site Specific Art and Locational Identity

Lacy, Suzanne, Mapping the Terrain: New Genre Public Art

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:

Aaron Gach, The Center for Tactical Magic

Abounaddara Syrian Film Collective

Brad and Amanda Kik, Crosshatch

Brian Harnetty, Shawnee, Ohio

Brian Harnetty, Fracked Forest Listening Rooms

Chance Ecologies

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

Frances Rose and Acorn, Community Supported Kitchen (CSK)

Frances Whitehead, Fruit Futures Initiative Gary

Gal Gael

Govanhill Baths

HAHA, Flood

Jane Philbrick, TILL

Jeanne van Heeswijk, Philadelphia Assembled

Jeff Weiss, Prometheus Project

Jon Rubin, Conflict Kitchen

Joseph Beuys, 7,000 Oaks

Margaretha Haughwout, Trees of Tomorrow/Guerilla Grafters

Mary Mattingly, SWALE

Meredith Knapp Brickell, The House Life Project

Mierle Laderman Ukeles, Touch Sanitation Performance

Pablo Helguera, Librería Donceles

Paul Chan, Waiting for Godot in New Orleans

Pedro Reyes, Palas por Pistolas

Rhodessa Jones, The Medea Project: Theater for Incarcerated Women

Rick Lowe, Project Row Houses

Risë Wilson (founder), The Laundromat Project

Simone Leigh, Free People’s Medical Clinic

Salome Asega and Ayodamola Tanimowo Okunseinde, Iyapo Repository

Susan Pepper, Music that Sustains

Suzanne Lacy, Between the Door and the Street

Suzanne Lacy, De tu Puño y Letra

Theaster Gates, Dorchester Projects

The Project Cafe

Tin Cat, MILK


Organizations (etc.):

A Blade of Grass

Berea College

Bell Hooks Institute (Berea College)

The Affrilachian Poets (Frank X Walker)

Appalachian Regional Commission




Bethel Historical Society & Museum

Cincinnati Art Museum

Clermont County Soil and Water Conservation District

Community Saving Bank – Bethel

Contemporary Arts Center – Cincinnati

Creative Time

Empower Youth

Fair-Amount Food Forest

Farm Science Review (OSU)


Grow Appalachia (Berea College)

Living Lands & Waters

The Mini Microcinema

Mount Vernon Nazarene University

The Museum of Appalachia

The National Underground Railroad Freedom Center

Northern Kentucky University

Ohio State University’s InFACT

Open Engagement

Parsons School of Design (The New School)


Pneuma Coffee

Project Anywhere

Residency Unlimited

The Scripps Howard Center for Civic Engagement

Small Farmer’s Journal

The Berry Center

The Land Institute 

The Shepherd’s Place

The Vera List Center for Art and Politics (The New School)


Videos and Film:

Austin Allen, Claiming Open Spaces

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

Joseph Beuys, Public Dialogue 

Julianne Donofrio, Pieced Together

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

The New Museum, “Whose Terms? A Glossary for Social Practice” (videos)

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


Radio/Podcasts/Other Media:

Appalshop News

Appalshop Media

Bad at Sports Podcast

WMMT 88.7