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10/13/18 - 10/15/18 | Philadelphia | PA
10/15/18 - 10/18/18 | Philadelphia | PA
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Preconference: Arts + Ecology

The preconference is currently sold out (email for information on the waitlist).

As complex, planetary ecological predicaments persist, artist-centered organizations are uniquely poised to be sites for inquiry, intervention and engagement. A growing number of artist residency programs are taking on this charge, building programs to support artists working at the intersection of Arts + Ecology, opening platforms for cross-disciplinary exchange and considering new ways to engage strategic partners.

Join us for the Arts + Ecology Preconference—a special day-long summit on October 15th!

The preconference is open to artists, administrators and community partners who are interested in supporting creative work at the intersection of arts + ecology! Participants will have the chance to meet colleagues from around the world, explore Bartram's Garden, and hear from artists and artist residency leaders engaged with this work!  


Monday, October 15th, 2018
10am - 4pm
Group leaves from hotel at 9:15am. Attendees will travel by public transportation from Loews Philadelphia Hotel, 1200 Market St, Philadelphia, PA


Bartram's Garden
54th Street and Lindbergh Boulevard
Philadelphia, PA 19143

Bartram's Garden is a 45-acre National Historic Landmark, operated by the John Bartram Association in cooperation with Philadelphia’s Department of Parks and Recreation. It is a destination and an outdoor classroom for ever-expanding audiences, where people of all ages can access one of Philly's greatest natural resources: the tidal Lower Schuylkill River.

Stacy Levy's art work "Rain Yard", located at the The Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education


The day will include both targeted presentations as well as broader conversations, showcasing:

  • The broad spectrum that Arts + Ecology inquiries and interventions might span, as well as what the opportunities might look like for short- and long-term residency engagements:
  • Specific artists and projects, along with ideas for crafting your own program or specific call, ensuring best practice techniques that are rooted in ecological and cultural literacy;
  •  How we can craft, implement and measure the success of these programs.


Christina Catanese | Director of Environmental Art, The Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education
Stacy Levy
| Artist
Deenah Loeb | Executive Director, City Parks Association and Art In the Open
Jamē McCray, PhD | Interdisciplinary Ecologist and Artist
Jennifer McGregor | Senior Director of Arts, Education & Programs, Wave Hill 
Cassie Meador | Executive Artistic Director,  Dance Exchange 
Jan Mun
| Artist
Pedro Ramirez
| Artist
Karen Young | Executive Director, Fairmount Water Works

Organized in partnership with Philadelphia City Parks Association, The Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education, Wave Hill, Fairmount Water Works and the Alliance of Artists Communities.


$75. Registration fee includes transportation, programming and lunch.
This is an optional preconference event - separate registration required.