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Traveling Gallery Show: “a life. from dirt.”
August 1, 2020 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Supporters of Wisconsin agriculture have created a traveling gallery show titled, “a life. from dirt.” featuring Pete Curran’s stories on his Facebook page When I listened to a farmer.
Although Curran has spent only three years in agriculture, he’s been very successful creating connections with the Wisconsin ag community through his photos and stories. These collaborative efforts produced the first-ever Ag Career Day at the Jefferson County Wisconsin Farmer Technology Days in 2019.
Curran suggested to the Rountree Gallery the concept of a Traveling Show to loan out to organizations throughout the state. This local salute to proud farm families titled, “a life. from dirt.” became a collaborative call-to-action to “celebrateWORK.”
The show consists of 10 personal stories of ag families from around the state, united into one by a “floor story” around the perimeter of the gallery. “Visitors of the show will see a pictoral message and a physical Wisconsin Ag Career Resource Guide, that can be shared with young students as a celebration of the resilient history of Wisconsin agriculture and a rewarding career possibility,” said Curran.
The traveling show is sponsored by the Mid-West Farm Report, with Pam Jahnke, along with other local and state sponsors including the Vale Foundation, Edward Jones Agent Bob Hundhausen, the Iowa-Grant Farmers Union, Inspiring Community, Wisconsin Farm Technology Days 2021 and host family business, Silver Spring Foods. In-kind sponsors include Morrissey Printing and the Driftless Market.
The Platteville Farmers Market is featured in one of the 10 stories to highlight the need for local food access, especially when national distribution channels are disrupted. Jenna Phillips is the manager of the Saturday farmers market and is featured in the show as a homesteader whose life became connected to the Platteville Farmers Market.
To learn more about the show at the Rountree Gallery, visit RountreeGallery.org or MidwestFarmReport.com where a gallery trailer shows a sampling of the stories. Each site has a link to a downloadable PDF of the Career Resource Guide and a request form for hosting “a life. from dirt.” the Rountree Gallery Traveling Show.
For the forseeable future, the gallery will require all patrons to wear a mask and to practice social distancing when visiting.