SOIL SERIES: A Social Drawing is a socially engaged art project by artists Francesca Fiore and Hillary Wagner with the help of poet Matthew Kosinski. The project is in partnership with Empower Youth, an organization committed to interrupting cycles of poverty among the youth of Bethel, Ohio.
Together with Empower Youth, SOIL SERIES aims to re-establish networks of nourishment in Bethel and establish the 15-acre Empower Youth Ranch as a site for expanded access to nutritious food, cultural programming, and mentorship at the intersection of art and agriculture. Calling on Bethel’s history of subsistence farming and rich Appalachian heritage, the artists of SOIL SERIES have developed “social drawing” as a methodology that intimately understands place, building upon existing community networks in order to identify and develop new pathways towards health, knowledge, resources, and support.
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