Creek College is a project bridging art and environmental conservation. We offer a range of art classes and experiences in exchange for activities that aid in the restoration of watersheds suffering from environmental degradation.
Established by artists Adam Carlin, Kristina Dutton, and Kim Sutherland, the project began by asking these questions: As artists, how can we make the broadest impact in aiding restoration efforts? Can a poem benefit a creek? How can art practices bring attention to the needs of a particular environment? How could we do this sustainably?
Creek College works like this; we choose a body of water at a given location and invite artists to submit proposals to teach classes there (literally there, on the creek). The classes are dependent on the interests of each artist and can range from sculpture, written word, or graphic design, to sound, dance, and more experiential offerings. *There is no monetary exchange for participating. Instead, each class is paired with a restoration barter activity.
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.