Art, Climate, and Justice: MassArt Teach-in

MassArt Teach-In 2022

Be a part of a global one-night conversation about climate change and justice!

WHEN

Wednesday, March 30, 2022
6:30–10:00 pm

WHERE

This event will be hosted online

Join the Sustainability Committee as we gather our extended community together for MassArt’s first virtual climate teach-in event. We’ve planted our flag to participate in the Worldwide Teach-in: Climate/Justice being organized by Bard College in New York, and featuring events hosted by 1,000 institutions worldwide!

MassArt’s evening on climate action and social justice relates to curriculum and creative practice. To spark the conversation, MassArt faculty, students, staff, and alumni panelists will share ideas about how they are tackling important sustainability issues with innovative solutions.

SCHEDULE

6:30pm

Opening remarks

Welcome from Sustainability Leadership, President, and Provost

Emily Cobb

Emily Cobb

Assistant Professor of Jewelry and Metals, Sustainability Committee Chair

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President Mary Grant

Mary K. Grant

MassArt President

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James Mason

James Mason

Interim Provost & Professor

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Ava Fedorov

Ava Federov

Event MC, Assistant Professor of Studio Foundations

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6:40pm

Sustainability in the Curriculum

Intersectional / Interdisciplinary approaches to teaching

We will be sharing the journey (vision/intention/process) of co-creating the required COF Sustainability Minor course: “Environmental Forum: Community Building for Healthy Ecosystems” which radically welcomes both students and course creators to engage in community-building practices as the foundation for collective climate action on our COF campuses. This course is co-created and co-taught by Professor Stephanie Cardon (Studio Foundation);  Ekua Holmes, Ceci Méndez-Ortiz, and Elena Belle White, from MassArt’s Center for Art and Community Partnerships (CACP); and MassArt graduate student Crystal Bi Wegner. 

Stephanie Cardon

Associate Professor, Studio Foundation & Director of the COF Center for Sustainability and the Environment

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Ceci Mendez-Ortiz

Ceci Méndez-Ortiz

Executive Director, Center for Art and Community Partnerships (CACP)

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Contemporary Art and the Climate Crisis

In the spring of 2020 Sebastian Gonzalez Quintero took “HART 314: Issues of Climate Change in Contemporary Art,” a course recently devised by Professor Joanne Lukitsh. Two years after, Sebastian and Joanne will discuss the impact of the issues and artists examined in the course on his practice as an artist.

Joanne Lukitsh

Joanne Lukitsh

Professor Emerita

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Sebastian Gonzalez Quintero

Sebastian Gonzalez Quintero

MassArt MFA, Film/Video

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Communication Design and Climate Change

In an era of climate change and concerns regarding the health and wellbeing of our planet, communication designers find themselves in a position to help change the course of our future. While contemporary practice encourages designers to think about the “here and now,” climate change calls for us to drastically refocus our efforts, beginning with how designers are being taught. By retooling or reframing existing assignments, faculty and students can incorporate sustainability considerations towards responsible practice and a sustainable future.

Yvette Perullo

Yvette Perullo

Assistant Professor, Communication Design

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Runming Dai

Runming Dai

MassArt BFA Alumna Communication Design and Jr. UI Designer Carvana

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Q + A Session

Question and answer session with student moderator, Haley Johnson, and chat moderator, Reid Moulis.

Haley Johnson

Haley Johnson

MassArt student

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Reid Moulis

Reid Moulis

Event Student Moderator, Student (2024, Industrial Design)

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7:40pm

Climate Action & Creative Practice

Envisioning MassArt's Tree House (Process of designing a Gold Leed Certified student residence)

Did you know that the Treehouse was a super efficient, sustainable building? Tamara Roy, the design leader for the Treehouse and Ryan Hacker, a MassArt alum who was a student on the building committee, will explain how the Treehouse LEED Gold design was accomplished and how MassArt can continue to be a regional leader in Campus Sustainable Design.

Tamara Roy

Tamara Roy

MassArt faculty and Principal Stantec

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Ryan Hacker

Ryan Hacker

MassArt Alumnus

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Ethics and Artisans in Fashion Design

A snapshot on the role of garment workers and artisan networks in the fashion industry and their current labor conditions. We will look at the value of their voices, skills and their life circumstances and how that is shaped around the supply chain. How do we support the empowerment and financial independence for these artisans? We will look at the importance of our shared values and responsibility around social and ethical issues in the fashion industry and raising consumer awareness. How does our choices impact the loss of artisanal techniques and cultural preservation? How can social enterprises support the intersection between sustainability, ethics and transparency?

Jennifer Varekamp

Jennifer Varekamp

Chair + Professor, Fashion Design

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Priya Nair

Priya Nair

MassArt Graduate Student

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Material Initiatives in 3D: Fibers/Glass

In 2013, in Dubai, I started the Middle East’s only handcrafted hot glass studio with a strong focus on environmentally-responsible design. Since then, I have a deep interest in UpCycling being standard in business ethics. My current artistic research is invested in notions of “biological craftspersonship” and “crowd-created” entities. Egs. development of glass that feeds plants nutrients while degrading itself, slime mold acting as architects of glass surfaces.

Anjali Srinivasan

Anjali Srinivasan

Associate Professor FA3D (glass)

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Karen Hampton

Karen Hampton

Title

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Q + A Session

Question and answer session with student moderator, Serena Entezary and chat moderator, Clara Lagor.

Serena Entezary

Serena Entezary

MassArt student

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Clara Lagor

Clara Lagor

title

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8:40pm

Art, Climate, and Justice

Architecture Through the Lens of Social and Environmental Sustainability

Two architectural case studies will provide examples of means to make better decisions about building materials, site responses, and user experience goals. Interventions at two different scales will include a global program working with refugees and an existing building case study. How do we include these ideas and practices into the curriculum? The work will highlight the opportunities and challenges for incorporating social and environmental sustainability while working with the public, with buildings, and with students. We aim to prompt a discussion around advancing the definition of sustainability and ways architects/designers are making better decisions around social and environmental issues.

Patti Seitz

Patti Seitz

AIA

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Julian Phillips

Julian Phillips

NOMA

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Objects That Change Lives and the Green Task Force

Objects That Change Lives is a course I developed in 2009, specifically focused on global human problems and solutions related to water, food, shelter, medicine as well as climate change and resource management, particularly related to the field of Ceramics.

Clay is the earth… it is part of almost every culture in the world since the beginning of civilization. It plays an integral role of our global humanity. We touch clay everyday through food, water, architecture, medical solutions as well as the 20st century technologies.

The Green Task Force focuses on better practices for artists to conserve, protect and manage resources used in Ceramic production.

Janna Longacre

Janna Longacre

Professor

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Emily Morgan

Emily Morgan

ReStore Manager/Student

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EcoArt and Artistic Responsibility

How do we as artists embrace and implement our climate/environmental responsibility? From the very basics of learning, teaching, and implementing responsible studio practice, we continue evolving and moving our thinking from ‘sustainability’ to ‘regeneration’. Looking at where our responsibilities lie in the way we work and the messages we create and send, two environmentally oriented studio artist/educators share their approaches from the subtle and implied to blatant calls for action. What is our responsibility? What are we as artists hoping to accomplish in this incredible moment in history?

John Melvin

John Melvin

Artist and MassArt Alumni '04

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Luanne Witkowski

Luanne Witkowski

Assistant Design Studio Director

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Q + A Session

Question and answer session with student moderator, Julia Giangrande and chat moderator, Micaela Klanchesser.

Julia Giangrande

Julia Giangrande

MassArt student

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Micaela Klanchesser

Micaela Klanchesser

Event Student Moderator, Student (2022, Illustration)

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9:35pm

Closing Remarks

9:40–10pm

Breakout Conversations & Networking

Questions about the teach-in? Contact Liz Reiser at liz.reiser@massart.edu