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Art in the Ecosphere Symposium

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Tuesday, May 28
10:00 am - 9:00 pm
Lawrence, KS

The Kansas Creative Arts Industries Commission and Ecosphere Studies at the Land Institute will host Art in the Ecosphere, a symposium to connect Kansas practitioners with selected organizations from around the country working to center and support art and artists as part of an ecological worldview. The symposium will highlight the growing field of art and ecology in order to contemplate the role of art in changing how we relate to the ecosphere and our place in it and to imagine new models and possibilities for ecospheric arts programming in our region.

The event will feature 6 organizations from around the country whose missions focus on the intersection of art & ecology through artist residencies, education and outreach, and other creative projects including:

Wormfarm Institute
Crosshatch Center for Art & Ecology
Marble House Project
A Studio in the Woods
LandLab (at the Schuylkill Center)

Moderated by Ben Shockey
Fieldworks Consulting/former Director of the Sitka Center of Arts & Ecology

These national leaders in the field will interact with local artists and organizations engaged in place-based, community-based, land-based, research-based, and experiential practices to facilitate a diverse range of creative perspectives.

The event is free, but registration is required

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10 a.m.-5 p.m. -  Cider Gallery, 810 Pennsylvania St, Lawrence, KS 66044

10:00-10:30  Introduction:
Opening remarks from Aubrey Streit Krug, Director of Ecosphere Studies at The Land Institute, with introductions from Peter Jasso, Director of the Kansas Creative Arts Industries Commission, and Ben Shockey, arts administrator and former Director of the Sitka Center of Arts and Ecology.

Panel 1: Place-based Research and Retreat:
Playa, Studio in the Woods, & Tallgrass Artists Residency

Break for lunch on your own

Panel 2: Art as Nourishment:
Crosshatch, Wormfarm Institute, & S.E. Nash

Panel 3: Intersections, Communities, & Models for Engagement:
Landlab, Marblehouse Project, & Carmen Moreno

Break for dinner on your own

6:30-9:00 p.m.       Spencer Museum of Art, 1301 Mississippi St, Lawrence, KS 66045

6:30-7:30   Power of Place exhibit open at the Spencer Museum of Art

7:30-9:00  Keynote Panel Discussion:
featuring Wes Jackson, President Emeritus of The Land Institute; Terry Evans, photographer; and Celka Straughn, Andrew W. Mellon Director of Public Practice, Education, and Research at the Spencer Museum of Art; moderated by Aubrey Streit Krug of The Land Institute with introduction by Saralyn Reece Hardy, Marilyn Stokstad Director of the Spencer Museum of Art


About Wormfarm Institute (Reedsburg, WI)
Dedicated to integrating culture and agriculture, the Wormfarm Institute is an evolving laboratory of the arts and ecology and fertile ground for creative work. Planting a seed, cultivating, reaping what you sow…both farmer and artist have these activities in common. Wormfarm explores the links between urban and rural communities within and beyond the food chain, creating opportunities for cross-sector collaboration. With the mission to integrate culture and agriculture, Wormfarm’s work brings together farming, ecology and the arts to rekindle the cultural and enhance the economic possibilities of our region while celebrating its unique natural and human history. Just as the word culture is embedded in agriculture, so is cultural expression itself deeply embedded within our landscapes and our ways of deriving our livings from them. We believe the emotional power of the arts brings to the sustainability conversation the complexity and context that this crucial subject requires. For thousands of years, farmers in cultures around the world interwove dance, music, and art through rituals of planting and the harvest in celebration of the land and those who care for it. Through a contemporary approach and within this timeless context, we continue that tradition.

About Crosshatch Center for Art & Ecology (Bellaire, MI)
Crosshatch Center for Art & Ecology builds strong communities through the intersections of art, farming, ecology and economy. Crosshatch envisions communities that are grounded in place: where people connect through stories, music, art, shared work, and food, and where the economy and culture are rooted in restoration of the earth and its people.

About Playa (Summer Lake, OR)
PLAYA nurtures innovative thinking in the arts and sciences through its residency program on the edge of the Great Basin, to promote dialogue and positive change in the environment and the world. Since its founding, PLAYA has provided residencies to hundreds of artists and scientists. These gifts of time have allowed room for deep work, far-reaching conversations, and sustaining connections to the community. The 75–acre property includes six fully equipped and spacious cabins, two fully equipped live/work studios, three studio/research spaces (including one shared living quarters), a large open shed/studio, and outdoor field research areas.

About Marble House Project (Dorset, VT)
Marble House Project is a multi-disciplinary artist residency program that fosters collaboration & the exchange of ideas by providing an environment for artists across disciplines to live and work side by side. The residency program is uniquely curated to bring together a diverse group of artists to facilitate exchange of different expertise, histories, techniques and perspectives.  With a focus on conservation of natural resources, integration of small-scale organic food production and the arts, residents sustain their growth by cultivating and participating in the surrounding grounds, working on their artistic vision and forging partnerships within the community. Marble House Project is founded on the belief that the act of creating, whether in the studio or in nature, is how human potential expands and community thrives.

About A Studio in the Woods (New Orleans, LA)
The mission of A Studio in the Woods is to protect and preserve the Mississippi River bottomland hardwood forest and to provide a tranquil haven where artists and scholars can reconnect with universal creative energy and work uninterrupted within this natural sanctuary. A Studio in the Woods focuses on interrelated areas of programming including artists’ residencies, forest restoration, and science-inspired art education for children and adults. Their work is based on the proposition that Southern Louisiana can be seen as a microcosm of the global environment, manifesting both the challenges and possibilities inherent in human interaction with urban and natural ecosystems. They provide intimate residencies that connect artists to the local community through creative discourse centered on environmental and social challenges; protect and preserve the woods within which the Studio resides; and engage students of all ages and community members in their innovative arts and environmental initiatives.

About LandLab at The Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education (Philadelphia, PA)
LandLab is a unique artist residency program that operates on multiple platforms: artistic creation, ecological restoration and education. A joint project of the Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education and the Center for Emerging Visual Artists (CFEVA), LandLab offers resources and space on a 340-acre wooded property for visual artists to engage audiences in the processes of ecological stewardship through scientific investigation and artistic creation. Founded in 1965, the Schuylkill Center is one of the first urban environmental education centers in the country, with 340 acres of fields, forests, ponds, and streams in northwest Philadelphia. They work through four core program areas: environmental education, environmental art, land stewardship, and wildlife rehabilitation. The Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education inspires meaningful connections between people and nature. They use their forests and fields as a living laboratory to foster appreciation, deepen understanding, and encourage stewardship of the environment. As a leader in the next generation of environmental education, the Schuylkill Center will create a world where all people play, learn, and grow with nature as part of their everyday lives.

About Ecosphere Studies at The Land Institute 
Ecosphere Studies aims to change the way we think about the world and our place in it, through educational and cultural projects with a perennial perspective. The ecosphere is the creative, living globe that is our home. Rather than viewing Earth as a planet composed of living and non-living parts, and people as separate from our environments, Ecosphere Studies understands human communities as nestled within ecosystems. We are part of an intricately interdependent system, from which came an emergent property of life. This perspective allows us to address enduring questions of identity and ethics in new ways. Since 2015, Ecosphere Studies has regularly brought together researchers and teachers to collaborate on ecospheric theory, pedagogy and curriculum. Participants include historians, philosophers, farmers, scientists, lawyers, economists, artists, activists and writers whose experiences range from liberal arts programs and land-grant research universities to regional interdisciplinary consortiums and adult education non-profits.They take what they learn back to their home places, where several are creating Ecosphere Studies courses and programs. Ecospheric learning and teaching also will go forward in public workshops as we build a network to engage people of all ages in formal school settings and beyond.

Contact Us

Peter Jasso Director, Kansas Creative Arts Industries Commission Email (785) 296-2178 LinkedIn

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