Hugh Pocock's Baltimore Urban Farming Course Merges Green Space and Art
Posted 03.01.10 by mica communications
It's not what people initially think of as art or sculpture. ... [Students] think of it as social sculpture.
Urban Farm magazine, in its spring 2010 issue, highlights a MICA course that looks at Baltimore's green spaces as an opportunity for "social sculpture." The class, Baltimore Urban Farming taught by faculty member Hugh Pocock, was first taught in spring 2009. Pocock takes the students to various community gardens throughout the city, and they work with Parks and People, a Baltimore green-space advocacy group, to "learn about soil ecology, land security and garden networking." The class has also worked on garden spaces at the College and has started a waste-composting system.
"Growing food--farming, gardening--is an amazing educational vehicle to talk about myriad related subjects, from urban sustainability to nutrition to social-fabric repair, community building and survivability for young, engaged people. It's a way to talk about these other issues while learning something practical.
"It's not what people initially think of as art or sculpture. ... [Students] think of it as social sculpture," Pocock says.
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