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Milwaukee Students Create ‘Urban Agriculture’ Bench


SHARP Literacy Students Create Public Art For Neighborhood House Garden Park

Milwaukee Courier
Aug. 20, 2016


The “Urban Agriculture” bench project was inspired by SHARP Literacy’s 12th We Love to Learn book, There Grows the Neighborhood: Agriculture in the City, written in collaboration with Will Allen, founder and CEO of Growing Power. Led by Milwaukee artist Sally Duback, the bench project is one of four permanent works of art created during SHARP Literacy’s 2016 summer program. In addition to the Urban Agriculture bench, Sally Duback and SHARP students at Journey House, Silver Spring Neighborhood Center and Our Next Generation conceptualized and designed door-sized mosaic murals.

The six-foot concrete bench is fashioned with a myriad of colorful tile nature-inspired images, such as flowers, leaves, insects and the sun. The design also includes tile “selfies” students created, as well as a tile house, symbolizing the various neighborhoods in which students live. The Urban Agriculture bench sits adjacent to SHARP Literacy’s “Drop to Dinner” mural, which was installed in Neighborhood House Garden Park in August, 2015.

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