ARTIFICIAL OBSOLESCENCE & HOPE Dixon High School's Art Department came out to DG in May 2006 for a very special spring final art project. It was not the first collaboration between DHS and DG, but as time moved on it proved to be one of the last. Lisa Kastello earned her doctorial degree and has since moved on. She is currently a professor at the University of Nebraska teaching teachers to be teachers. But her work with her students in Dixon lives on as many of these projects are permenantly installed on DG grounds. Brainchild of the ''two Lisa's'', Lisa K of DHS and Lisa H of DG, Artificial Obsolescense and Hope illustrates current trends in society and suggests hopeful solutions. The grounds of Distinctive Gardens were transformed by Ms. Kastello’s three advanced art classes. The front half of the grounds detailed current trends in today’s society. The back half were the response to those trends. Ms. Kastello and Ms. Higby LeFevre worked cooperatively to devise and integrate six art projects that illustrated the basic theme. Art making occured both at school and live on the grounds of Distinctive Gardens. The art installation culminated with an art opening on Friday, May 26, 2006. Cultivating creativity in our youth sows seeds for a fruitful future.