When Art Informs Public Policy Screening

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“When Art Informs Public Policy: The Dust Bowl, a Metaphor for Contemporary Farming Challenges.”


On November 15, 2017, 7:00 pm, Galena Center for the Arts will screen “The Plow that Broke the Plains”. Paired with the film, Mr. Tim Youngquist, Farmer Liaison, Iowa State University, will discuss STRIPS, Science-Based Trials of Row Crops Integrated with Prairie Strips.

“The Plow that Broke the Plains”, a black & white 1936 cinematic exploration, was directed/produced by Pare Lorentz, Father of American Documentary Film. Funded through the Farm Security Administration/WPA the film, poignantly photographed is accompanied by a poetic musical score, Virgil Thompson the composer.

Horrific outcomes resulted from ill thought farm policy begun during World War 1, extending into the early 1940’s: soil depletion/erosion and mass migration. ‘The Plow’ is the first of three Lorentz films that artistically addressed America’s social and environmental crises.

STRIPS research, ten years, has demonstrated if 10% of a field is converted to Prairie Strips, nitrogen loss is reduced by 80%, phosphorous loss cut by 90%, and sediment migration decreased by 95%. “Overall, 5,353 pounds of soil per acre will be kept in the field rather than washed downstream.” (www.PrairieStrips.org)

For further information see: www.GalenaCenterForTheArts.com

November 15 2017


Date: November 15, 2017
Time: 7:00 PM - 8:45 PM
Cost: Free
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Galena Center for the Arts

219 Summit St
Galena, IL 61036 United States


(815) 777-0410

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