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the creek colleges


the creek colleges


 

Creek Colleges are experimental schools bridging art and environmental education. We offer free art classes in exchange for aid in the restoration of local watersheds.  Established by artists Adam Carlin, Kristina Dutton, and Kim Sutherland, the idea for the project originated in the form of a question; how can we, as artists, make the broadest environmental impact? The first iteration took place in 2016 at Johnson Creek in Portland, Oregon.

How does it work? We choose a body of water that is suffering from environmental degradation and invite artists to submit proposals to teach classes there (literally there, on the creek). The classes are dependent on the particular artists interests and can range from more traditional mediums like sculpture and painting to sound, film, graphic design, performance etc. The classes relate to, and interact with, the creek environment. There is no monetary exchange for participating. Instead each class is paired with an activity that aids in restoration of the creek.

In 2017 Creek Colleges will host a series of three symposiums at the Columbia Slough in Portland, Oregon, followed by projects in Greensboro, NC and Oakland, CA. More details coming soon. 

Creek Colleges are made possible by S.E. Uplift Neighborhood Coalition, The Andy Warhol Foundation, The Precipice Fund, and The Calligram Foundation. In partnership with Portland State University, The Johnson Creek Watershed Council, The Columbia Slough Watershed Council, and the Portland Native American Youth and Family Center. 

 

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In the Cloud Forset


In the Cloud Forset


 

During the fall of 2015 I was invited to travel to Peru with researchers from UC Berkeley, and the Centre National de la Research Scientifique in Paris, to participate as an assistant in an evolutionary biology research project. Not the standard gig for violinists, but I'm no stranger to the biosciences. I attended the University of Alaska, Fairbanks where I studied biology/ecology prior to entering a music conservatory program. (Had I only know John Luther Adams was living in Fairbanks!.. but I digress) In Peru, the field biologists and myself would leave the lab during the day to gather plant and insect samples, but before the break of dawn or late hours of the night, head out for field recording excursions. These experiences highlighted overlaps in complimentary, similar and divergent thinking dispositions in the arts and sciences, as well as enthralling avenues for discourse and the cross-pollination of creative work.

Through trans-disciplinary collaboration my aim is to create new pieces and multi-media works that bring focus to the intelligence and importance of developing the intuitive self; how this relates to scientific inquiry or expertise in any given domain. 

Currently I am developing a collaborative project that explores these insights with the work of field recordist and composer Cheryl Leonard, artist Mia Feuer, and biologist Dr. Arnaud Martin. More to come! 

click here for a Soundcloud sample recording from the cloud forests of Peru.  

 
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The Fen


The Fen


 

The Fen is an ongoing musical collaboration between three friends with a shared ambition to create and document compositional reflections of a chosen place. As musicians, we are interested in exploring the idea of landscapes as evolving cultural histories with a focus on light, topography and sense of place.

In the spring of 2016, The Fen attended an artist residency in Kyoto, Japan, recording the sketches for a series of new songs and pieces for a full-length album. More coming soon...

 

 

Call and Response


The Call and Response series is an experiment in arts and lectures, combining performance and presentation in the form of Call and Response: a specialist in any field gives a presentation—of any kind—in their area of expertise, followed by a musical response by some of the Bay Area’s most innovative creative musicians.  There is also an informal Q&A.

Co-founded and co-curated by Kristina Dutton and Evan Karp,  C&R is made possible in part by the support of Quiet Lightning  All presenters and performers of Call and Response are featured in the bi-annual publication, Vitriol Magazine

Call and Response


The Call and Response series is an experiment in arts and lectures, combining performance and presentation in the form of Call and Response: a specialist in any field gives a presentation—of any kind—in their area of expertise, followed by a musical response by some of the Bay Area’s most innovative creative musicians.  There is also an informal Q&A.

Co-founded and co-curated by Kristina Dutton and Evan Karp,  C&R is made possible in part by the support of Quiet Lightning  All presenters and performers of Call and Response are featured in the bi-annual publication, Vitriol Magazine

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The San Francisco Salon Series


The San Francisco Salon Series


The San Francisco Salon Series is a multi-media chamber music series founded by Teddy Rankin-Parker, Alex Christie, and Kristina Dutton. The series is dedicated to the cross-pollination of the Bay Area art and music communities by commissioning and presenting world premiers of multi-media chamber music to artistically diverse audiences in salon concerts throughout the Bay Area.

The SFSS is made possible through the Musical Grant Program, which is administered by the San Francisco Friends of Chamber Music, and supported by the Heller Foundation, The Hewlett Foundation, The San Francisco Foundation and Grants for the Arts/San Francisco Hotel Tax Fund.