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Mona's 24 Carrot Gardens: Seeding an Ecology of Cultural Value

Badham, M, Wise, K and MacDonald, A ORCID: 0000-0003-4774-0244 2021 , 'Mona's 24 Carrot Gardens: Seeding an Ecology of Cultural Value', in K Lehman and I Fillis and M Wickham (eds.), Exploring Cultural Value: Contemporary Issues for Theory and Practice , Emerald Publishing Limited, United Kingdom, pp. 101-118.

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This chapter examines cultural value creation through the 24 Carrot Gardens Project. Initiated by artist and curator Kirsha Kaechele of the Museum of Old and New Art, the vision of 24 Carrot Gardens is to ‘sow seeds of lifelong learning’ in the areas of health, well-being and sustainability across school communities in Tasmania, Australia. What has eventuated over its five years is a complex relationship between the artful ‘gold standard’ delivered by professional artists and a contemporary art museum with an integrated teaching and site-based learning across the arts and sciences. Designed in response to the local environmental, cultural and socio-economic context, 24 Carrot Gardens has contributed to a growing sense of community engagement, interdisciplinary learning and a strong foundation of networked donor investment. With these multilayered interests across a diversity of stakeholders and partnerships, many competing systems of value are at play, with the potential to contribute a new value creation. Firsthand accounts of project contributors are situated amongst the scholarly literature to produce an examination of value exchange and creation including the cultural values identified in 24 Carrot Gardens: artistic and creative, economic and industrial and education and environmental. Following this interrogation of the expressed values in this case study, we offer a foundation for a new framework for understanding local cultural value.

Item Type: Book Section
Authors/Creators:Badham, M and Wise, K and MacDonald, A
Keywords: cultural value and values, community gardening, socially engaged art, place-based education, interdisciplinarity, Tasmania
Publisher: Emerald Publishing Limited
DOI / ID Number: 10.1108/978-1-78973-515-420211011
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