MFEA is excited to welcome back Donna Neuwirth, Co-founder Wormfarm Institute as a 2016 MFEA Convention Speaker.
After many years in art and theater in Chicago, Neuwirth and co-founder Jay Salinas moved to a small farm in Wisconsin. Seduced by the life in the soil and struck by the parallels in process between farming and art making, they formed the Wormfarm in 2000 and began an Artist Residency program. Wormfarm’s mission is to integrate culture and agriculture.
A self-described Impresario, Donna has developed numerous ambitious public art projects at this fertile intersection including the annual Fermentation Fest – A Live Culture Convergence. Wormfarm received the 2010 Governor’s Award in support of the Arts and was named nonprofit business of the year. In 2011 Wormfarm received both NEA Our Town and ArtPlace grants for creative placemaking in their initial year of funding. Most recently Wormfarm received the Distinguished Service to Rural Life Award from the Rural Sociological Society. Donna has a BFA in theater from the Art Institute of Chicago.