Role of the Artist: Vision Keeper
In celebration of Jackie Brookner’s (1947-2015) work, we recognize the legacy of her work as an artist in the construction and the ecological restoration of World Garden Commons at Rabanus Park.
A long-held artistic goal in the lifetime of Brookner’s work was to integrate the creative process of the people within their community.
Before design began, Brookner wanted to hear from people in the community. She organized gatherings of people known to share like interests, partners and programs that matched the vision and principles of the project.
“I needed to challenge and share authorship, to provide opportunities where people could exercise their own ability to solve local ecological problems in creative ways.” -Jackie Brookner, Ecological Artist
The community was invited to participate in the work of local artists: ceramic bowls, batiked placemats, puppet shows. The works of art engaged the senses and emotions of the recipient creating opportunities for deeper interaction and participation.
While authorship came from the community, Brookner served as the project’s vision keeper, or the link between community’s ideas, desires and interests and the outcomes of The Fargo Project at World Garden Commons.