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Mary Swander on Talk of Iowa

AgArts Promotes Intersection of Agriculture and Art



The intersection of art and agriculture is important to BEI Emeritus Fellow Mary Swander. She says art has been a part of ag for a long time with concepts like folk art. Now she has helped start a new non-profit called AgArts.

She says that we are in a dilemma with issues involving pollution, erosion, decline of the family farm, decline of small towns, and the arts have a role in addressing those issues in a way that people can embrace and that helps with revitalization.

“I’ve found that the arts could open up a conversation about the issues that we have in agriculture in a different way than you would if you have an editorial or somebody giving you speech.  The arts are just more conducive for people to come together and—in a more relaxed manner—discuss these issues in a less polarized way.”

Swander joins host Charity Nebbe in this Talk of Iowa segment.