the ground we walk on - tonight!
Local Histories: The Ground We Walk On
This inaugural exhibition at Chapel Hill’s new temporary art space at 523 E. Franklin Street, Local Histories: The Ground We Walk On, explores Alfredo Jaar’s idea that “place can not be global” Issues of histories and institutions of communities, family, place; commemorative responses; heroes; folklore and buried truths; traditions; memory/nostalgia; longing/loss; progress/development; the intersection of the local and global, and social, legal, political events as they pertain to, influence and construct local histories are addressed
RAFI-USA: The Rural Advancement Foundation International, Tobacco Communities Reinvestment Project (Joseph Schroeder, Program Director and Alix Blair, Information Specialist) + SAF: Student Action with Farmworkers, 7pm
In 1997, RAFI-USA created a cost-share grant program to help farmers replace lost tobacco income by putting their own ideas to work. This program began as a four county pilot and has expanded with support from the North Carolina Tobacco Trust Fund Commission to serve all 100 counties in the state. RAFI-USA is a private non-profit organization based in Pittsboro, North Carolina dedicated to cultivating markets, policies and communities that support thriving, socially just and environmentally sound family farms.
Student Action with Farmworkers is a non-profit organization whose mission is to bring students and farmworkers together to learn about each other’s lives, share resources and skills, improve conditions for farmworkers, and build diverse coalitions working for social change. SAF works with farmworkers, students, and advocates in the Southeast and nationwide to create a more just agricultural system. Since 1992, they have engaged thousands of students, farmworker youth, and community members in the farmworker movement.