OCI Joins Agriculture and Design
February 15th, 2018
Omaha, NEâ€”Omaha Creative Instituteâ€™s next exhibition in collaboration with Big Muddy Urban Farm unites agriculture and design. This is one of OCIâ€™s Artist-Run Exhibitions, and curator Andrew Tatreau has brought five artists together to explore the potential of urban ecology,Â which extends far beyond locally sourced produce.
Tatreauâ€™s background is actually in media studies, but since moving back to Omaha, his attention turned to improving landscape design where he felt it was lacking. Big Muddy is a nonprofit organization in town dedicated to bringing farming to the urban center. While a focus on design might seem antithetical to the utilitarian concerns of agriculture, Tatreau believes that thinking of them as one can have a beneficial effect on the community.
Some of the desired effects that thoughtful landscape design might have in a community like Omaha are improvements to social engagement and sustainability. But it is an issue that has become politicized.
That doesnâ€™t mean, though, that there isnâ€™t potential to bridge political gaps while improving the city.
OCIâ€™s Medium Green, curated by Andrew Tatreau opens this Friday at Big Muddy Urban Farmâ€™s location at 3320 Burt Street from 6:00 to 9:00pm. The exhibition will be accompanied by a panel discussion between artists, Big Muddy residents, and experts in the field. For more information, visit OmahaCreativeInstitute.org.
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