Earl Marriott Secondary • Food as Medium
Taking inspiration from the Vancouver Biennale Global Initiative I Have a Dream Art + Farming Project, the Surrey school district engaged in exploring, learning and discovering about Farming and Food Systems and their local and global actions and impact. 300 students (Grade 1 – 12) from 11 schools explored how food is grown, produced, marketed and retailed. With their teachers, the students examined the approach, challenges and influence of mass corporations versus local food growers. The I Have a Dream installation by artist Shweta Bhattad was moved to the Surrey School Board office for the students to experience the project on a global level as a part of their learning and exploration process. Each school also visited and experienced a destination related to farming and food systems including for example a farm, a food wholesaler, manufacturer or retailer. Each class presented their work at a Biennale Final Celebration to share with their parents, the community, VIP, and media.
This video illustrates the learning process at one of the participating schools: Earl Marriott Secondary.