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.


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

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

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

Jackson, Shannon, Social Works: Performing Art, Supporting Publics

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


Related Projects:

Abounaddara Syrian Film Collective

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

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



Alistair McIntosh

David Montgomery

Frances Whitehead

Jon Rubin

Mary Mattingly

Pablo Helguera

Risë Wilson

Simone Leigh

Suzanne Lacy

Tom Finkelpearl

Wendell Berry

Wes Jackson


Organizations (etc.):

A Blade of Grass

Open Engagement

The Berry Center

The Land Institute 

Ohio State University’s InFACT



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 

Govanhill Baths