In 1965, Wendell Berry returned to the area where he was born– Henry County, Kentucky–and began his life of farming, writing and teaching. Look and See describes the change he has witnessed over the years as agriculture evolved from small, sustainable, local farms focused on land stewardship to larger, industrialized farms with increasing use of machines, chemicals, soil erosion and debt. The film focuses on stories of Henry County residents and the land itself. Rural Action, a non-profit organization working in southeast and east central Appalachian Ohio counties to promote social, economic, and environmental justice will present the film. They will share stories about their efforts working with agricultural producers in the region to sustainably increase acreage under production and grow demand for local products.
A story of North Adams, MA and their transformation form a desolate postindustrial city to a thriving community.
April 21 at 6:00 pm
SEILERS’ STUDIO and GALLERY
129 S. 7th Street, Zanesville, OH
In the 1980s, the Sprague Electric Company in North Adams, Massachusetts closed, and many of the 4000 residents of that factory town were out of work. The film examines how this struggling working class town ended up betting its future on art by creating the largest museum of contemporary art in America in that abandoned factory: the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art (Mass MoCA). Zanesville certainly has a few abandoned factories. Can we learn anything from North Adams? Mike Seiler and Dave Mitzel will lead a discussion after the film – to bring it all back home!!