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    • Saturday, January 22, 2022
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • ZOOM - Mountain Time
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    Saturday, January 22

    United States: 9am PT, 10am MT, 11pm CT, 12pm ET

    EUROPE: 17:00 GMT

    For this new year, we invite you update your artist statement, for both your website and for your ecoartspace profile page. We want our artists to shine online when visitors search through the Member Directory. This is an excellent opportunity to powerfully articulate your vision.

    Cara Jordan is an art historian, editor, and educator whose research has focused on contemporary political, activist, and socially engaged public art. She received her Ph.D. from the Graduate Center, CUNY, where she examined Joseph Beuys's concept of social sculpture as a model for socially engaged art.

    Feedback from last year's webinar: "definitely worth the money," "very insightful," "terrific workshop."

    $20 per person, MEMBERS ONLY
    • Thursday, January 27, 2022
    • 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM
    • ZOOM - Mountain Time
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    Tree Talk: Artists Speak For Trees

    Thursday, January 27

    United States: 12pm PT, 1pm MT, 2pm CT, 3pm ET

    EUROPE: 20:00 GMT  Australia: 7am AEDT, Friday

    Julia Adzuki, Nancy Azara, Toni Gentilli, Deborah Wasserman

    The entanglements of a forest are vast, complex and mysterious. Today artists seek to understand and express the interconnectedness of trees with all living beings. Members included in the online exhibition and book Embodied Forest will share their diverse artworks and ideas about our human relationship with trees and forests.

    For our January 2022 Tree TalkJulia Adzuki will share her spoken word poetry and tactile sound in an intra-active performance situated in and around an ancient European Ash. Nancy Azara will discuss her carved, assembled, and painted wood sculptures that record a journey of memory, images and ideas, including the unseen and the unknown. Toni Gentilli will speak about her collaboration with living materials to collapse distinctions between self/other, inner/outer, humans/nature, and to honor the labor of maintaining healthy earth bodies outside the extractive, reductive paradigms of capitalism, patriarchy, and modern medicine. Deborah Wasserman will present her expressive paintings, drawings, and performances that explore themes surrounding Mother Nature, ecological threats, and the heroine's quest.

    Tree Talk is moderated by Sant Khalsa, ecofeminist artist and activist, whose work has focused on critical environmental and societal issues including forests and watersheds for four decades.
     
    Co-sponsored by Joshua Tree Center for Photographic Arts

    Members and one guest are free. General Public can attend for $10. Capacity is 100 participants. All participants MUST REGISTER.

    Images: Julia Adzuki, Resonant Bodies, 2015; Nancy Azara, Ghost Ship, 2016; Toni Gentilli, Medicine Totem (Detail), 2021; Deborah Wasserman, Phoenix, 2019


    Presenters:


    From Eucalyptus regnant of the Styx forest in Tasmania, to Fraxinus excelsior in Europe, Julia Adzuki's Ashes to Ashes weaves spoken word poetry and tactile sound in an intra-active performance. Situated in and around an ancient European Ash, that is a tactile sound instrument, audience are invited to experience resonance within the body of this tree and to register environmental grievances with the Ministry of Environmental grief. Adzuki works with transformative processes across the fields of visual, performance and sound art. Her work addresses environmental grief and underlying frictions of the human environmental crisis through embodied enquiry with poetic, accoustic and haptic resonance. Born on Waveroo Country in Beechworth Australia, Julia first moved to Sweden to make art that melts. She is co-founder of SymbioLab, Ljudtornet and Fungus Kingdom studios and has an MA in Choreography from Stockholm University of the Arts. juliaadzuki.com

    Image: Julia Adzuki, Resonant Bodies, 2015, Ash tree, piano strings, tuning pegs, tactile sound instrument used in performance, 160cm x 300cm x 160cm


    Nancy Azara has been carving in wood for many years because of her love of trees. It felt like a good “fit” as she has always admired trees and, even as a child, felt they held a metaphor for her experience of life. The sculpture is carved, assembled and painted wood with gold, silver leaf and encaustic. The wood, the paint and the layers record a journey of memory, images and ideas; including the unseen and the unknown. Nancy Azara is a sculptor and feminist artist/educator working primarily in wood, mixed media collage and prints. Azara's densely layered art engages with memory, personal history and the cyclical nature of time. She has exhibited extensively most recently with a solo show "High Chair and Other Works" at A.I.R. Gallery, 2021. She teaches workshops/classes in art making and meditation, co-founded the New York Feminist Art Institute (1979-1990), and is the author of Spirit Taking Form: Making a Spiritual Practice of Making Art. nancyazara.com

    Image: Nancy Azara, Ghost Ship, 2016, vine with gesso, paint, and aluminum leaf on wood posts, 4' x 12' x 1.5'


    Toni Gentilli communes with cottonwood forests in the Middle Rio Grande Valley of New Mexico to contemplate entanglement of plant and human wellbeing while tending to topics of autoimmunity in women and other chronic conditions linked to ecosystem degradation. She collaborates with living materials to collapse distinctions between self/other, inner/outer, humans/nature, and to honor the labor of maintaining healthy earth bodies outside the extractive, reductive paradigms of capitalism, patriarchy and modern medicine. Gentilli is an alchemist whose practice is rooted in deep ecology, ecofeminism and an intuitive process of exploration bridging art, science and embodied knowing. She has apprenticed herself to the transformative powers of plants by co-creating with wildcrafted botanical pigments and herbal remedies for over 10 years. Gentilli was Residency Director at the Santa Fe Art Institute (2016-2021) and Cultural Resources Project Director at an environmental planning firm in Arizona (2000-2010). tonigentilli.com

    Image: Toni Gentilli, Medicine Totem (Detail), 2021, upcycled cotton t-shirts and macramé cotton yarn dyed with foraged cottonwood catkins, cottonwood branches, buds and leaves, Arizona cypress seeds and pods, glucose test strip containers, and used insulin vials, 120" x 36"


    Deborah Wasserman's expressive paintings, drawings, and performances explore themes surrounding mother nature, ecological threats, and the heroine’s quest.  In her recent series Amazon Dreaming and The Profiteers, the rain forest paradoxically appears as a barren landscape, ravaged by flames and littered with debris, a victim of human exploitation and indifference. Through her art, Wasserman invokes the spiritual and physical connection between humanity and nature, heightening awareness of current global crises. Deborah Wasserman was born in Brazil, raised in Israel, and currently resides in Queens, New York. She is a graduate of CalArts, the Whitney program, and is a two-time Skowhegan alumna.  Wasserman’s works have been exhibited in the United States, Brazil, the Netherlands, Germany, and Israel. She has been the recipient of grants from Aljira, the A.I.M. Program, America-Israel Foundation, Queens Council on the Arts, and Puffin Foundation, and was chosen for a NYFA Social Practice fellowship in 2017. Wasserman is also a Finalist for the NYFA Artist Fellowship 2020 in the category of Drawing. deborahwasserman.com

    Image: Deborah Wasserman, Phoenix, 2019, acrylic, oil paint, and fire on wood, 18" x 24"

    • Wednesday, February 09, 2022
    • 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
    • ZOOM - Mountain Time
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    PLASTIC Dialogues

    Wednesday, February 9, 2021

    United States: 12pm PT, 1pm MT, 2pm CT, 3pm ET

    EUROPE: 20:00 GMT  Australia: 7am AEDT, Thursday

    In this fourth roundtable discussion we will explore the many ways artists are addressing plastic production and consumption in their practice. There are currently over forty members who have identified plastics as one of their topics in our member directory. We will begin with invited members to share about their work for the first 30 minutes (no sharing screen), then 10-15 minutes in breakout rooms so everyone has the chance to share. (1 hour, no recording)

    MEMBERS ONLY plus one guest per member. All participants MUST REGISTER.

    Image: ©Aurora Robson, Synesthesia, 2011, plastic debris (PET), aluminum rivets, tined polycrylic + mica powder, 32 x 32 x 36 inches.

    • Thursday, February 17, 2022
    • 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    • ZOOM - Mountain Time
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    Thursday, February 17

    United States: Noon PT, 1pm MT, 2pm CT, 3pm ET

    EUROPE: 20:00 GMT  Australia: 7am AEDT, Friday

    A panel inspired by the launch of the new book, Ecoart in Action: Activities, Case Studies, and Provocations for Classrooms and Communities with Lynne Elizabeth, the book’s publisher, Linda Weintraub, moderator and the book’s co-editors: Amara Geffen, Ann Rosenthal, Chris Fremantle, and Aviva Rahmani. Several of the 67 contributors, 28 of whom are also members of ecoartspace, will be in attendance for the Q&A. 

    The event will begin with a discussion of the original vision and hopes for the book, what they saw realized and its position in current ecoart literature. These initial presentations and a short discussion between the panelists will segue to include attending contributors and a wider conversation with the audience in response to a Q&A.


    PUBLISHER


    Lynne Elizabeth is the founding director of New Village Press, an independent nonprofit publisher of progressive books that aim to enrich public discussion and understanding of issues vital to healthy, creative, and socially just communities. She is a past president of Architects Designers Planners for Social Responsibility and the founding director of the former Eos Institute for the Study of Sustainable Living. She has initiated numerous public programs, conferences, and exhibitions, and published the periodicals Earthword and New Village Journal. www.newvillagepress.org


    Moderator


    Linda Weintraub is a curator, educator, artist, and author of several popular books about contemporary art. She has earned her reputation by making the outposts of vanguard art accessible to broad audiences. Weintraub’s books exploring contemporary art and ecology include WHAT’s NEXT? Eco Materialism & Contemporary Art (2018), To LIFE! Eco Art in Pursuit of a Sustainable Planet” (2012), and Avant-Guardians (2007), a series of textlets that include EcoCentric Topics: Pioneering Themes for Eco-Art; Cycle-Logical Art: Recycling Matters for Eco-Art; EnvironMentalities: Twenty-two Approaches to Eco-Art.  Her forthcoming book is titled Who Do You Eat? Weintraub applies environmental concerns to her personal life by managing a sustainable homestead where she practices permaculture. She served as the director of the Edith C. Blum Art Institute located on the Bard College campus, and was the Henry Luce Professor of Emerging Arts at Oberlin College. www.lindaweintraub.com


    EDITORS


    Chris Fremantle is a producer, researcher, writer and teaches part-time at Gray's School of Art, Aberdeen, Scotland. He lives in Ayr, South West Scotland and was born in New York. Chris is a member of the Editorial team that realised Ecoart in Action published by New Village Press in 2022. Several public art projects Chris has produced have won significant arts awards. ‘Place of Origin,’ a ‘landscape as art’ work in Aberdeenshire received a Saltire Award in 2007. ‘Greenhouse Britain: Losing Ground, Gaining Wisdom,’ the project by Helen Mayer Harrison and Newton Harrison (the Harrisons) received the first Nick Reeves Art and Environment Award in 2010, and the ‘Land Art Generator Glasgow’ project received the award jointly in 2016 between LAGI and ecoartscotland. His research portfolio is available on ORCID. He established ecoartscotland in 2010 as a node in the worldwide ecoart networks. ecoartscotland.net



    Amara Geffen is an artist, community organizer, Emerita Professor of Art at Allegheny College, and the founder/director of the Art & Environment Initiative(A&EI) in Meadville, Pennsylvania. During her more than three-decade career at Allegheny, Amara engaged students, colleagues, and community partners in community-centered public art that focuses on beautification, environmental renewal, and placemaking/placekeeping. Her work has been supported through grants from a variety of state and federal agencies such as the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection, the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts (PCA), the PCA’s Creative Communities Initiatives, the Pennsylvania Humanities Council, Erie Arts and Culture, and the National Endowment for the Arts (Our Town: Conneaut Lake). Amara has also exhibited widely and her work is included in public and private collections, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art. www.amarageffenstudios.com


    Aviva Rahmani is best known for her projects, The Blued Trees Symphony and Ghost Nets. Her ecological artwork on ocean health, fresh water, land restoration and fire regimes are exhibited in museums and galleries, published and written about internationally, including the Independent Museum of Contemporary Art, Cyprus; Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art (BMCA), CO; Hudson River Museum, NY; Cincinnati Center for Contemporary Art, (CCA) OH; and the Joseph Beuys 100 days of Conference Pavilion, for the 2007 Venice Biennale, Italy. Fellowships received include from the New York Foundation for the Arts, A Blade of Grass and the National Endowment for the Arts. Rahmani holds a PhD from Plymouth University, UK, her Masters is from CalArts. She is an Affiliate at the Institute for Arctic and Alpine Research at the University of Colorado, Boulder. Rahmani authored “Divining Chaos,” and co-edited “Ecoart in Action,” (both launching 2022 pub. New Village Press).  www.avivarahmani.com


    Ann Rosenthal brings to communities over 40 years’ experience as an artist, educator, and writer. Her work examines the intersections of nature and culture through timely issues, including climate change, biodiversity, and biophilia. Highlights over the past five years include: a solo exhibition at the School of Environment and Sustainability, UM, Ann Arbor; artist in residence at HJ Andrews Experimental Forest; co-curator for “Crafting Conversations: A Call and Response to Our Changing Climate” for Creatives for Climate through Contemporary Craft’s BNY Mellon Satellite Gallery, which was featured in American Craft Magazine; and awarded PennFuture’s 2020 “Woman of Environmental Art, Celebrating Women in Conservation Award.” Most recently, Ann’s work was featured in three group exhibitions, and she was one of four editors for Ecoart in Action: Activities, Case Studies, and Provocations for Classrooms and Communities (New Village Press), on behalf of an international network of ecoartists. www.locusartstudio.org


    Members and one guest are free. General Public can attend for $10. Capacity is 100 participants. All participants MUST REGISTER.


    • Saturday, February 19, 2022
    • 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM
    • ZOOM - Mountain Time
    • 100
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    Saturday, February 19

    United States: 10am PT, 11am MT, 12pm CT, 1pm ET

    EUROPE: 17:00 GMT

    Interested to update your website or create a new one?

    Join Maggie Duval to explore an array of platforms for creating your portfolio website. She will review popular plug-and-play platforms such as Wix, Squarespace, Weebly, etc., outlining the pros and cons of each and alerting you to potential pitfalls. And, will also touch on WordPress and assorted theme builders (Gutenberg, Elementor, Divi, Oxygen). Finally, Maggie will offer tips to help you decide which platform will best serve your needs and match your comfort level in building and maintaining your site.

    About Maggie Duval

    Maggie has spent 34 years as a technology, web, marketing, and creative business development consultant, with 26 of those years spent as a freelance micro-entrepreneur. Her "boutique" web studio served clients in the arts, tourism, wellness, and hospitality industries for much of that period. Additionally, she has created, curated, and produced events, workshops, and immersive and engaging conferences bringing together business, tech, and cultural creatives in exciting and innovative ways to dialogue and work together.


    $20 per person, MEMBERS ONLY

    • Thursday, February 24, 2022
    • 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM
    • ZOOM - Mountain Time
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    Tree Talk: Artists Speak For Trees

    Thursday, February 24

    United States: 3pm PT, 4pm MT, 5pm CT, 6pm ET

    Europe: 23:00 GMT Australia: 10am AEDT, Friday, February 25

    Kaitlin Bryson, Keith D. Buswell, Gloria Florez, Emmy Mikelson

    The entanglements of a forest are vast, complex and mysterious. Today artists seek to understand and express the interconnectedness of trees with all living beings. Members included in the online exhibition and book Embodied Forest will share their diverse artworks and ideas about our human relationship with trees and forests.

    For our February 2022 Tree Talk, Kaitlin Bryson will share Trans(re)lations, an installation that makes the invisible visible, by scaling up and illuminating the unseen forces and communicative potentials of mycorrhizal networks. Keith D. Buswell will present That Which Connects Us..., his series of etchings that examine the network of fungi underground connecting the roots of trees as an analogy of our interpersonal relationships. Gloria Florez will discuss Forest Ambassadors, an ongoing environmental/collective/artistic project that explores endangered ecosystems and transforms biomaterials into an ever-growing interactive installation. Emmy Mikelson will speak about her imagery that slips between microbial landscapes and dense forest ecosystems exploring how changes in scale and detail can reveal newness that challenge our expectations.

    Tree Talk is moderated by Sant Khalsa, ecofeminist artist and activist, whose work has focused on critical environmental and societal issues including forests and watersheds for four decades.
     
    Co-sponsored by Joshua Tree Center for Photographic Arts

    Members and one guest are free. General Public can attend for $10. Capacity is 100 participants. All participants MUST REGISTER.

    Gif Images: ©Kaitlin Bryson, Trans(re)lations, 2020; ©Keith D. Buswell, [T ≡ (S • B)] ∨ A, 2019©Gloria Florez, Forest Ambassadors, 2021; ©Emmy Mikelson, Blind Forest, 2019.


    Presenters:


    Kaitlin Bryson's Trans(re)lations is an artwork that makes the invisible visible, by scaling up and illuminating the unseen forces and communicative potentials of mycorrhizal networks. We know so little of the world below our feet. By creating an above-ground mycorrhizal network, layered with projected imagery and electrical signals, this work begins to break down the communication barrier between humans and the more-than-human world. Bryson is an ecological artist concerned with environmental and social justice. Her art practice and activism are focused on biological and metaphysical applications of healing, responding to the pervasive persistence of harm in the world. Bryson primarily works with fungi as collaborators, materials and metaphors for her artworks. Bryson has received support from the Lannan and Andrew W. Mellon Foundation(s) to create ecologically, remediative artworks nationally and internationally. kaitlinbryson.com

    Image: ©Kaitlin Bryson and Matea Friend with sound by Ian Nelson, Trans(re)lations, 2020, site-specific installation and weaving made out of organic cotton rope, video installation projection mapped onto woven sculpture, UCLA Botanical Garden, 18 x 5 x 13 feet


    Keith D. Buswell is a printmaker whose work delves into the imagined world of root systems and how they relate to community based on recent discoveries of a network of fungi underground connecting the roots of trees. The mycelia not only relay information to each other, but also provide nutrients for young and dying plants. This discovery is an embodiment of community. His copper plate etchings act as tree portraits for members of arboreal residents. Buswell graduated with a BFA in art from the University of Nebraska - Lincoln. He works with various printmaking processes such as screen-printing, intaglio and mono printing and dabbles in drawing and multimedia. His work has been shown in the United States, Mexico, Egypt, Dubai, France and Italy. Originally from Council Bluffs, Iowa, he currently lives in Lincoln with his husband Brad and his dog Max. keithdbuswell.art

    Image: ©Keith D. Buswell, [T ≡ (S • B)] ∨ A, group of etchings.


    Gloria Florez, the selected artist for the 2019 Northern Beaches Council & Eramboo Residency, was inspired by the endangered Pittwater’s Eucalyptus Spotted Gum Forest to create her Forest Ambassadors installation. Since then, FA has morphed into an ongoing environmental/collective/artistic project that explores endangered ecosystems and transforms biomaterials into an ever-growing interactive installation aiming to inspire future generations to protect our natural world. Currently, as winner of BigCi Environmental Award Florez has continued developing FA in the Blue Mountains of Australia. Colombian-Australian artist Gloria Florez’s practice has a continuing interest in the connection between science, natural phenomena, conservation and sustainability. Her practice focuses on working closely with First Nations, children, scientists, artists and writers from diverse communities developing sustainable/ collective projects, to bring Nature’s power and ephemeral beauty to the centre of our life. Florez has a BVA and an MFA by research from the University of Sydney and a BVA Honours from the National Art School Sydney. gloriaflorez.info

    Image: ©Gloria Florez, Forest Ambassadors, 2021, Clay, charcoal, eucalyptus leaf and bark, variable sizes. (Photo by Camellia Taylor)


    Emmy Mikelson works with imagery that slips between microbial landscapes and dense forest ecosystems exploring how changes in scale and detail can reveal newness that challenge our expectations. Her repetitive line work and shifting layers of color highlight the perceptual "noise" reveal the novelty inherent in any space. Familiarity with our environment can distort our perceptions of it. Our attention is quickly grabbed by new things, but soon, the novelty wears off and we habituate to our surroundings. Emmy Mikelson is an interdisciplinary artist living in New York City who has exhibited nationally and internationally. She has participated in residencies including a research residency at the Adolpho Ducke Rainforest Reserve in Manaus, Brazil. She co-curated the exhibition And Another Thing: Nonanthropocentrism and Art for the James Gallery at the Graduate Center (CUNY) and co-authored its resulting publication. She is pursuing a master’s degree in psychology at The School for Professional Studies (CUNY). emmymikelson.net

    Image: ©Emmy Mikelson, Blind Forest, 2019, installation detail, mixed media (photo, drawing, screen prints).

Past events

Wednesday, January 12, 2022 Plastic Dialogues
Thursday, December 16, 2021 TREE TALK: Artists Speak For Trees
Thursday, December 09, 2021 Water Dialogues
Wednesday, December 08, 2021 Plastic Dialogues
Tuesday, December 07, 2021 Soil Dialogues
Thursday, November 18, 2021 TREE TALK: Artists Speak For Trees
Thursday, November 11, 2021 Water Dialogues
Wednesday, November 10, 2021 Plastic Dialogues
Tuesday, November 09, 2021 Soil Dialogues
Thursday, November 04, 2021 EXTRACTION
Thursday, October 28, 2021 TREE TALK: Artists Speak For Trees
Wednesday, October 20, 2021 Some Kind of Nature - Plastics
Thursday, October 14, 2021 Water Dialogues
Tuesday, October 12, 2021 Fiber Dialogues
Thursday, September 30, 2021 TREE TALK: Artists Speak For Trees
Thursday, September 16, 2021 Water Dialogues
Tuesday, September 14, 2021 Fiber Dialogues
Thursday, September 09, 2021 EARTH SIGNS: September Birthday Celebration
Thursday, August 26, 2021 Forest Guardians Debrief
Thursday, August 26, 2021 TREE TALK: Artists Speak For Trees
Thursday, August 19, 2021 Water Dialogues
Tuesday, August 17, 2021 Fiber Dialogues
Thursday, August 12, 2021 Art and Climate Publications
Thursday, July 22, 2021 I AM WATER Assembly
Thursday, July 15, 2021 Water Dialogues
Tuesday, July 13, 2021 Fiber Dialogues
Thursday, June 24, 2021 TREE TALK: Artists Speak For Trees
Thursday, June 17, 2021 Climate and Fiber/Textiles
Thursday, May 20, 2021 TREE TALK: Artists Speak For Trees
Thursday, May 13, 2021 Getting Off the Planet
Thursday, April 22, 2021 EARTH DAY for Trees
Thursday, March 25, 2021 TREE TALK: Artists Speak For Trees
Thursday, March 11, 2021 The Human Animal Connection
Thursday, February 25, 2021 TREE TALK: Artists Speak For Trees
Thursday, February 11, 2021 Art and Agriculture
Thursday, January 28, 2021 TREE TALK: Artists Speak For Trees
Wednesday, January 06, 2021 Memorial for Amy Lipton (1956-2020)
Thursday, December 17, 2020 TREE TALK: Artists Speak For Trees
Thursday, December 10, 2020 Art and Earth Justice
Thursday, November 19, 2020 TREE TALK: Artists Speak For Trees
Thursday, November 12, 2020 ecoart TECH
Thursday, October 29, 2020 TREE TALK : Artists Speak For Trees
Thursday, October 15, 2020 ecofeminism
Thursday, September 24, 2020 TREE TALK l Artists Speak For Trees
Thursday, September 17, 2020 Performative Dialogues - Part Two
Thursday, September 10, 2020 Performative Dialogues - Part One
Monday, August 31, 2020 Artists Supporting Indigenous Communities
Thursday, August 27, 2020 TREE TALK l Joshua Trees
Sunday, August 09, 2020 Atomic Dialogues
Thursday, July 30, 2020 TREE TALK
Sunday, June 28, 2020 My Life in Art: Bonnie Ora Sherk with Patricia Lea Watts
Friday, June 12, 2020 THE GREAT PAUSE DIALOGUES: TREES
Friday, June 12, 2020 Performative Ecologies
Wednesday, May 20, 2020 THE GREAT PAUSE DIALOGUES: CLIMATE and COVID-19
Wednesday, April 22, 2020 THE GREAT PAUSE 2020 l Earth Day Dialogues

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