“We’ve got a tremendous desire on the part of scientists to engage with different audiences and a desire on the part of humanists and artists to grapple with the immensity of the problems we’re facing right now…One way to do that is through the art museum bringing people together outside political affiliation and into a different environment that allows for more empathy.”Erin Espelie, co-director of the Nature, Environment, Science & Technology Studio for the Arts at the University of Colorado.
Great article in the NYT about a recent trend that has art museum exhibits responding to environmental issues.
Skype recording | Meeting notes
With the government shutdown in effect the initial location and purpose needed to shift. Thanks to Steve Dunsky for organizing and hosting.
1. One major purpose of this meeting was to share what we are up to with senior forest service staff. However, with the shutdown continuing, the meeting will be held at the Vallejo Naval and Historical Museum, 734 Marin St., Vallejo, CA.
For those who are not able to attend in person, we will use Skype and record the meeting.
2. During the discussions we are hoping that you have been ruminating on the themes that have emerged, and will be willing to share your thoughts about how to move forward. These themes include:
- What do we want the public to do? How can they engage in the forest/fire issue?
- What is our messaging strategy and timeline? What does a case for support look like, and how can we build it?
- Support from regional arts councils is powerful for going to foundations and other larger funders. What form could that support take so that it supports the art councils, rather than burdening them?
- How can we get help with running this effort
- How can we engage with Native American leaders?
- How can we think expansively to prevent expecting the art to hew too closely to the science?
- How can we organize social events around the prescribed burning to bring the public closer to the issues?
11:00 – 11:15… Welcome and intro by Jim Kern, Director – Vallejo Naval and Historical Museum; followed by round of introductions.
11:15 – 11:30… Elevator Pitch/better name: we need to develop a quick description of this regional effort to create an artistic response on the scale of the scientific and management response needed to interrupt the current collapse of our forest ecosystem and this might include a less-clunky name that rolls off of the tongue easily.
11:30 – 12:00… Wild and Scenic Film Festival report (panels, films, meetings, insights). Discussion on previous meeting themes.
12:00 – 12:30… Working lunch – general discussion. Shorter agenda begins for those not wishing to Skype for the whole meeting.
12:30 – 12:45… Visions of the Wild – fall 2019 effort: how and whom to engage – Steve Dunsky
12:45 – 13:00… Commonwise update – Allison Wolff
13:00 – 13:15… Forest ⇌ Fire exhibit update – Michael Llewellyn and Eliza Tudor
13:15 – 13:30… Website discussion and content, how to communicate, messaging strategy. – Faerthen Felix
13:30 – 13:50… Project updates from other artists/International artist participation report. Letters of Support: these could be very helpful not only to support the over-arching effort, but also to support the efforts of the individual artists.
13:50 – 14:00… Next meeting date, purpose and location. Do we need additional smaller meetings to dig into deeper subjects or local/county issues and/or projects?
- Trevor Allen (Playwright)
- Jeff Brown (UC Berkeley, Central Sierra Field Research Stations)
- Lesley Chapman (Performance artist)
- John Degraf (Film maker)
- Steve Dunsky (Visions of the Wild)
- Faerthen Felix (UC Berkeley, Sagehen Creek Field Station)
- Todd Gilens (Artist)
- Donn Harris (California Arts Commission)
- Josh Harrison (Living Forests/Center for the Study of the Force Majeure)
- Matt Jamieson (Living Forests)
- Jonathon Keats (Experimental philosopher/Conceptual artist)
- Heather Llewellyn (Curator)
- Michael Llewellyn (Photographer/Curator)
- Steve Most (Film maker)
- Anne-Marie Napoli (Underground Engine VFX)
- Shannon O’Hare (Obtanium Works)
- Terry Siddal (Art Director)
- Dave Smith (UC Berkeley Regional Asset Manager)
- Ethan Summers (Underground Engine VFX)
- Eliza Tudor (Nevada County Arts Commission)
- Alex Adkinson (Artist)
- Teal Brown (Commonwise)
- Marisha Farnsworth (Artist/Architect)
- Robert Ferry (Land Art Generator Initiative)
- Elizabeth Monoian (Land Art Generator Initiative)
- Anuj Vaidya (Artist)
- Allison Wolf (Commonwise)