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.