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Donald W. Kohler
Vice-President of Marketing & Public Relations
2700 College Rd. Box 4-C
Council Bluffs, IA 51502
(712) 325-3262 or 1-800-432-5852, ext. 3262
August 21, 2013
A Celebration of Local Agriculture, Art and Music
Council Bluffs - The Arts Center Presents Susan Werner and Locally Grown

On Sunday, September 8, the Arts Center at Iowa Western will host Susan Werner and Locally Grown; two exciting events designed to bring together agriculture, art and music.  Susan Werner’s latest project, Hayseed, is dedicated to “farms, farmers and the people who love them.”  The album is a touching and often witty tribute to Susan’s own childhood on a family owned Eastern Iowa farm.  Susan’s love of Iowa land and life is evident in Hayseed, which serves as the inspiration for the Locally Grown celebration scheduled to take place prior to the concert by Werner. 

Locally Grown will take place at the Arts Center at Iowa Western on September 8 from 5:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.  Focused on advocacy and education, Locally Grown highlights the efforts of local producers and nonprofit organizations and the talents of local artists and musicians.  Area residents are invited to visit with vendors such as Keep Council Bluffs Beautiful, Omaha Truck Farm, Honey Creek Creamery, Edible Omaha and Whispering Roots and enjoy local art and live music.  Locally Grown will also offer a complimentary food tasting featuring appetizers made from locally sourced produce and a short presentation from Susan Werner on her Hayseed project at 5:30 p.m. 

Following the Locally Grown event, Susan Werner will take to the main stage for a full length performance of Hayseed at 7:00 p.m.  Dubbed by NPR as the “Empress of the Unexpected,” singer/songwriter Susan Werner is a nationally renowned artist with a reputation for writing songs that seamlessly combine insight, compassion and humor.  Paying tribute to American agriculture and to her Iowa farm roots, Werner again keeps her audiences guessing and laughing simultaneously, lending her wry humor and passionate voice to subjects such as farmer’s markets, agrochemicals, drought and longing for a sense of place.  The characters and perspectives are varied and colorful, the lyrics are sharp as thistles, and the music is handmade and hopping.  Hayseed continues Werner’s reign as one of the most bold and creative forces on the acoustic music scene today.

Werner is a farmer’s daughter herself and well acquainted with the trials and tribulations of American farm life. “There’s a certain sense of humor that goes along with farming because things don’t always turn out the way you expected,” she states. “If you can’t laugh about it, you might be in the wrong line of work.”  Underneath its often glib, satirical wash, Hayseed is tender and benevolent, a homage to her upbringing. “Growing up on a farm is part poetry and part child labor,” she jokes - “but it’s the landscape, the land itself, your love for that that stays with you – the fields, the fences, the creek. And I’ve found you can love a place as much as you can love a human being.”

The Arts Center at Iowa Western is pleased to present Susan Werner and Locally Grown on Sunday, September 8.  Locally Grown is free to the public.  Susan Werner tickets can be purchased through the Arts Center box office at (712)388-7140 or online at .  Funding for this programming is provided in part by Iowa West Foundation.

If you would like more information about the Arts Center at Iowa Western Community College, please contact Molly Noon at