Donna Neuwirth


Donna NeuwirthWormfarm Institute

Donna Neuwirth is co-founder and Executive Director of Wormfarm Institute whose mission is to integrate culture and agriculture to build thriving communities across the rural/urban continuum. 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.

A self-described impresario with a BFA in theater from The School of Art Institute of Chicago, Donna has led numerous projects inspired by, and centered at the fertile intersection of culture and agriculture including Wormfarm’s annual Fermentation Fest – A Live Culture Convergence which received both NEA Our Town and ArtPlace grants in their initial year of funding. Former NEA Chair Rocco Landesman has called Wormfarm “the poster child for creative placemaking”.