The Center for Creative Conservation is pleased to announce a new partnership with Vive | NW with the goal of elucidating the barriers and facilitators for Latino children to connect with nature, and to work towards interventions to promote nature experiences for Latino children and families. Initial seed funding is provided by the UW Center for Latino Health.
We are pleased to announce an exciting new art installation, Gardens of the Anthropocene, a surreal, virtual reality interpretation of how Seattle’s ecosystem transforms under climate change. Artist Tamiko Thiel worked with scientists from UW’s Center for Creative Conservation and reports from UW’s Climate Impacts Group to understand the effects of climate change as the basis for her artistic imagination. On exhibit June 25 – September 30, 2016 at the Seattle Art Museum Olympic Sculpture Park, 2901 Western Avenue, Seattle, WA 98121. Free public tours will be held Sunday, June 26th, 12noon & 1pm (artist present), and every Sunday, 12noon & 1pm through October 3rd. The exhibit is now in the news!
This spring the Center hosted two ‘incubator’ dinners for a diverse group of scientists, medical professionals, educators, planners, conservationists, and others interested in the health benefits of being in nature. The group is now ready to draft a research agenda and develop a blueprint for a path forward. (May 31 & June 21)
We celebrated our launch with two events this spring, bringing together people from across the UW community and beyond to help us brainstorm the direction of this new center. Participants expressed broad interest in complex problem-solving, responding to regional needs, understanding human dimensions, building transdisciplinary skills, using innovative tools, and making things fun. We collected all responses in colorful posters, summarized here, and are currently incorporating many of these ideas into our strategic planning. (May 12 & June 2)