Our Newest CSL Art Exhibit: From the Ground Up!

by Melissa Harding

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New year, new photos! Our newest art exhibit in the Center for Sustainable Landscapes just opened last week and we couldn’t be more excited. Focusing on last year’s From the Ground Up program, this exhibit is the story of how a core group of high school students worked together to learn about the importance of food in their lives. As part of the Museums Connect program, made possible by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs and administered by the American Alliance of Museums, Phipps partnered with the Gidan Makama Museums in Kano, Nigeria to provide an immersive experience for local high school students in each city. Participating students learned about nutrition, cooking and cultural food traditions by following local food from farm to table and communicated with students at their partner institutions.

This project lasted September to June 2014, resulting in the creation of a community cookbook that was designed and created by participating students. Students also met each month for a Saturday workshop involving activities designed to get them thinking critically about their food system and food culture. Through this project, it is our hope that the students have developed a deeper understanding of food and nutrition in their own and their partner’s country, and cultivated the skills to grow and cook their own food. The photos displayed represent the project from start to finish and all the fun times that our students had!

Check out the slideshow below to see all of the photos from the show:

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To learn more about the From the Ground Up program, check out these blog posts.

Each group’s cookbook is currently on display in the new Tropical Forest Congo exhibit! Learn more HERE.

The above photos were taken by Phipps and Gidan Makama staff and participating students.

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