HeART of the Garden

The Arts Extension Service is excited to announce, HeART of the Garden, a collaboration with UMass Permaculture Initiative to integrate the arts into the Franklin Permaculture Garden. The partners currently seek a student artist or artists to propose a project that aligns with the values of sustainability and permaculture. Permaculture can be defined as a way of meeting human needs while increasing ecosystem health. It is based on three core ethics: Earth care, people care, and fair share. The deadline for submission is Sunday, March 1, 2020 at midnight. Submit your application here.

Possible projects may include: creating a sculptural piece within the gardens out of natural or waste/recycled materials, creating a small mural (either paint or recycled materials) on a shed located in the garden, facilitating a participatory art work or presenting a performance (music, dance, theater) in the gardens. As a temporary public art piece, student work will be subject to approval by the UMass Public Art Committee.

The artist chosen will receive a $200 stipend and budget of $200 for materials/equipment. An AES Entrepreneurship Intern will present and promote the event in April 2020.

This project has a very quick turnaround! Projects must be feasible within the following time frame:

  • Deadline for submissions Sunday, March 1st midnight.
  • Selected artist will be notified by March 24th.
  • Artists meet with curatorial team and provide materials/equipment list by Friday, March 27th.
  • Prepare for showing March 30 - April 10.
  • Showing date TBA late April.
  • Wrap up tasks following event complete by May 7th.

Students interested in proposing a project may wish to view a virtual tour of the Franklin Permaculture Garden here: https://www.localumass.com/franklin.html

The sketch below shows crosshatch areas representing possible locations for installations. The paths and surrounding areas of the garden are also possible performance spaces.

If you have questions about this opportunity please contact Arts Entrepreneurship Student Intern Lauren Bouvier: lpbouvier@umass.edu.