Art Farm

The Kansas City Art Institute partnered with DeLaSalle Education Center to create an urban garden at the alternative school located at Troost Avenue and 37th Street. 

Art Farm grew out of the ArtPlay program, which takes art experiences into schools. Both programs were founded by KCAI student Theo Bunch (senior, sculpture and creative writing). 

Art Farm provided hands on experience for DeLaSalle’s health and ecology curriculum as well as art classes. Produce from the garden is used in the school’s kitchen and served as part of meals. The urban garden is more than just crop planting. It also shows that farming can be an expression of creativity that is visually appealing. Brightly painted tires serve as pots, and raised garden beds and an outdoor brick oven double as sculpture pieces. 

The ultimate goal of the project was to teach the students and the community about creative thinking and sustainable practices.

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Art Farm Community Work Day Video

Community Work Day

The Kansas City Art Institute and DeLaSalle Education Center hosted a Community Work Day at Art Farm on Aug. 20, 2010. Volunteers came out to to expand the current urban farm in preparation for springtime planting. They painted tires to serve as planters, built raised garden beds and prepped the soil.

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