This fall, the painting studio at the Rubenstein Arts Center was transformed by students in Charlie Thompson’s class “Farmworkers in North Carolina” and local Durham artist Cornelio Campos. During their arts project residency, students and Campos collaborated to create a mural inspired by their research of farmworkers in the Durham area. Duke CAST member Ilona Stanback visited the painting studio several times while the team was at work, read on for her interview with Campos, Thompson, and students Katie Nelson and Lydia Hendrick.
Ilona Stanback: How did you become involved with this project?
Charlie Thompson: The “Farmworkers in North Carolina” course is a way of marrying my longterm interests in organic agriculture and the student experience with the present issue of immigration and politics of food.