Flow: Art & Ecology in a Changing Climate is supported by a Mellon Foundation NW5C Engage Grant.
Climate change is affecting ecologies and communities at alarming rates. Developing visual arts practices to look at climate change through themes such as resilience, place-based knowledge, and community engagement can spark new ideas, portray issues we face vividly, and provide models of sustainability for the future.
Two large watershed systems define the Cascadia region: the Salish Sea and the Columbia Basin. Water is a metaphor for our times, it carries and sustains the resilience of life while moving through and shaping our ecosystems, linking them at macro and micro scales. Through place-based practices, we seek to teach lessons of resilience, interconnectedness, and vision through the currents and flow of water systems, linking people to the region on both macro and micro levels.
Our Guiding Questions: What kinds of thinking are embodied in place? How can place based, embodied knowledge teach resilience? How can art and ecology combine to spark new ideas, portray issues we face vividly, and provide models of sustainability for the future?
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