Creating a public mural to celebrate and educate our community on the benefits of the Farm to School movement while beautifying the west end of Main Street.
Help us honor Gallatin Valley’s agricultural roots while celebrating our growing Farm to School community with the creation of a beautiful mural near downtown Bozeman! Whole Art, McGree Fine Art, Sola Café, and Gallatin Valley Farm to School are working together to create a vibrant Farm to School Community Mural near Bozeman High School. The project is now underway, and in order to reach our goal of a September completion date, we need your support and contribution.
To beautify Bozeman and celebrate Farm to School successes by creating a colorful mural on the west-facing wall of the Red Tractor Pizza/Buffalo Exchange building. The painting of the mural will be a joint effort between local mural artists and the Farm to School community. Activities will be designed to complement the mural and will be available for K-12 teachers to utilize in their classrooms and through field trips to the finished mural.
What is Farm to School?
Farm to school is the practice of sourcing local food for schools or preschools and providing agriculture, health and nutrition education opportunities, such as school gardens, farm field trips and cooking lessons. Farm to school improves the health of children and communities while supporting local and regional farmers. (From National Farm to School Network www.farmtoschool.org)
Farm to School programs exist in all 50 states and Bozeman boasts many great projects! Our county is home to school gardens and orchards such as the beautiful Irving School Garden and to learning laboratories like the high tunnel and garden at Amsterdam School. Schools throughout the county are serving up helpings of Montana foods on lunch trays, which supports our local farmers and the health of our children. Students learn science to art to social studies through hands-on exploration on farm field trips. Farm to School connects community members through collaborative projects that benefit our health, environment, and economy.
This community art project is a joint collaboration between local artists Saskia Ewen Fox of Whole Art, Allison McGree of McGree Fine Art, Sola Café, Red Tractor Pizza, Gallatin Valley Farm to School.
Whole Art LLC is a decorative art company specializing in customized murals and faux finishes. Locally owned and operated and serving the Gallatin Valley for over ten years, Whole Art seeks to transform the ordinary into the beautiful and extraordinary to increase the pleasure and joy derived from life. Whole Art recognizes the role that sustainability has in our world and is determined to use the most environmentally friendly products available. Likewise, Whole Art believes that being part of a community involves community action and conversation. In addition to increasing access to the Arts, Whole Art believes that access to real, wholesome foods is critical to the health of our community and our economic viability. The Farm-to-School mural project is a particularly exciting endeavor as values, product and content merge into one cohesive piece that will benefit the community for years to come. www.whole-art.com
McGree Fine Art
Allison McGree is a Studio Artist, a MT State Certified Artrepreneur, an Artist in Residence, and a certified K-12 Art Educator. She received a Master of Arts in Holistic Art Programming, Practice, and Outreach from Prescott College, a BA in K-12 Education from MSU, and a Studio/Fine Arts degree specializing in oil painting and drawing from Gonzaga University. Allison has been the lead artist in numerous community art projects across the state of Montana and has taught in a variety of formal and non-formal settings for over 15 years. Previously a Fellow and Master Fellow for the Institute for the Study of Knowledge Management in Education (ISKME), Allison has worked to facilitate art programs for a K-gray audience. Her interests in the arts are diverse and impassioned. She paints what she loves; and thoroughly enjoys sharing her passion with others. www.allisonmcgreefineart.com/ https://www.facebook.com/pages/Allison-McGree-Fine-Art/19722089978
Sola Café and Red Tractor Pizza are two of Bozeman, Montana’s best restaurants, bakeries, zand coffee houses serving locally-sourced and seasonally-inspired breakfast, lunch, and dinner, as well as locally-roasted coffee and espresso. More information at: http://www.solacafe.com.
Gallatin Valley Farm to School is a Bozeman-based nonprofit organization that connects schools with farmers in the Gallatin Valley through our work in the classroom, cafeteria, and community. More information at: www.gvfarmtoschool.org.
Area: 1523 sq ft. —a lotta wall!
Project date: October 2014 Fundraising launch during Gallatin Valley Farm to school month. Painting during August 2015. Grand Opening is scheduled for National Farm to School month in October 2015.
We need your help to make this happen! Donations will be used to purchase supplies, pay for artist time and expenses, and support educational activities. Gallatin Valley Farm to School is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Contributions are tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law.
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