gang, hip-hop, gardening: roads to community


A Columbian youth, caught up in gang violence, eventually emerged as a hip-hop artist. And when that wasn’t enough, he turned to gardening/farming. And then, when he wanted to reap what you sow, he established Casa Morada, a community and culture centre in Comuna 13 that organizes agricultural and musical activities for marginalized youth.

But wait, there’s more.  Next up was the inception of Agroarte, which combines agro (fertile land) and arte (art) to build a stronger sense of community for the future generation in Medellín’s working-class communes. Agroarte teaches young people to develop agricultural skills — sowing seeds, tending soil and growing gardens — while helping youth to build confidence through music.

Maybe you thought he’d be done, right?  El Aka is currently working with the young members of Casa Morada to plant gardens around the San Javier Cemetery – the resting place for civilians killed during the Escobar years. Read more about this fascinating story here.

art & agriculture: shauna lee lange’s agritourism.  we’re exploring and expanding the intersections of art, agriculture, agritourism, and agrarian systems in creative placemaking.  How can we best be of service to you? 941/875.5190.


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