Solar Energy Commons

A collaborative project with artist Elliott P. Montgomery to connect a 4.8 kW rooftop solar array on the roof of Elsewhere museum with the streets of downtown Greensboro. The final design is a public charging station called the Solar Energy Commons, which also doubles as and solar karaoke kiosk after dusk. The project also included a public programming series called Solar Potentials, exploring the politics of distributed solar electricity in the U.S.

The project was funded through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) as part of a formula grant received by the City of Greensboro, North Carolina.

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Read-Ins

Read-Ins encourage reading in public spaces to activate possibilities for shared wisdom. The first Read-In was organized on August 8, 2012 in partnership with the International Civil Rights Museum and Elsewhere to accompany the Greensboro Historical Museum’s Fighting the Fires of Hate: America and the Nazi Book Burnings, a traveling exhibition from the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. The Read-In commemorated the authors of burned books, raise questions of oppression, and celebrated freedom of expression through a day-long public reading that traveled across downtown Greensboro.
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Everyday Obsolescence

Everyday Obsolescence is a video work created during SoundLab, a youth-led media project exploring the role of technology and the everyday. The project challenged a group of high school students in Greensboro, NC to create sculptures from discarded media equipment and video self-portraits to compose an experimental score of music and sounds. The project was a collaboration with artist group INVISIBLE, (Mark Dixon and Bart Trotman) and students from Weaver Academy and Guilford College.

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Greenhorns Field Journal

Illustration by Ginny Maki
Illustration by Ginny Maki

There’s currently a movement underfoot! A recent groundswell of young farmers are fostering an agricultural movement with farmers who have worked the land for generations. With this underway, our government is recognizing the need for more young farmers and implementing programs to encourage them, while organizations are offering support networks, training opportunities, and resources to help them get started. The Greenhorns and the Northeast Beginning Farmers Project are two examples of such organizations and have joined together to create the Field Journal. This project was supported by the Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program of the National Institute of Food and Agriculture, USDA, Grant # 2009- 49400-05878.