In conjunction with the exhibition “Jessica Farrell: The Wilderness Diary” Bushel hosted this online event on November 9, 2021 to discuss the mental health crisis in rural communities, particularly in Delaware County, NY. [NOTE: Please excuse the camera snafu at six:forty-five; video resumes in one minute.]
The panelists: artist and mental-health advocate JESSICA FARRELL (www.jessicafarrell.com), Schoharie County peer specialist JASON PADEN (@Jase.Media), Syracuse–based advocate GARRETT SMITH (www.cleanslateny.org), Oneonta artist and student ARIANNA ILOWIT, and president of NAMI local chapter BILL HAYES (nami.org). Moderated by Mina Takahashi, working collective member, Bushel Collective, Delhi, NY (www.bushelcollective.org).
In May 2020, as one of several fundraisers to support local efforts to help Delaware County residents cope with the emergence of the COVID-19 epidemic, we invited nearly 90 artists to donate mail art to contributors participating in Mail Art Roulette. Together, we raised over $6,200, which was distributed to food banks in Walton, Delhi, Margaretville, Stamford, and Andes/Bovina, as well as to Star Route Farm and The 607 CSA to support produce and farm goods going to local food bank. You can see some of the wonderful mail art that was sent to donors in the slideshow above.
Bushel dedicated the April 2020 edition of first_friday to raise funds for our local hospital first responders as they take on the COVID-19 pandemic. The benefit was hosted by Bushel’s own D. Marcus Johnson and featured streaming live musical performances by: Jane Cramer The Bones of J.R. Jones Zach Layton (Jonathan Kane’s February) Peg Simone (Jonathan Kane’s February) Catherine McRae Kelli Cain & Brian Crabtree.