Tools

ArtSciConverge works to help field stations and marine labs facilitate art programs in complement to their science programs. Please contribute your own strategies and successes!

The following list includes some tools of broad interest:

  • Manual of Best Practices for ArtSciConverge.
  • ArtSciConverge has a blog, Facebook page, and hashtag (#ArtSciConverge) for sharing what you are doing, archiving your work, and seeing what others are up to. We’re always happy to add admins, if you would like to become a more regular contributor.
  • ArtSciConverge Google Group. The group includes folks from field stations, artist residencies, scientists and artists. It is a growing place to discuss grant proposals, strategies, events, ideas (request an invite).
  • Guidelines for Archiving your Artist-In-Residency ProgramDeveloped by the Nevada Museum of Art – Center for Art + Environment (2017).
  • Map of field stations and marine labs, and artist residencies with an ecology interest to help everyone find–and/or start thinking about–potential partners in their region (2017).
  • Glossary Wiki (2017). “One of the things I’ve learned about collaborating with artists and scientists is that we sometimes have difficulty communicating — it’s almost as if we are speaking a different language. For example, when an artist uses the term ‘model’ they mean one thing, and when a scientist uses that term, they mean something else entirely. To help translate across disciplines…I’d love for folks on ArtSciConverge to add their own definitions!” — Nancy Lowe, AS IF: Art + Science In the Field.
  • Recommended artists. There are lots of great artists out there who are interested in exploring ecology and environmental issues, but it’s sometimes hard to find them. Let us know whom we should add to this list, and why.
  • Organization of Biological Field Stations Annual Meeting. Each year, OBFS holds concurrent, plenary, or poster sessions on ArtSciConverge topics. Let us know if you’d like to present. The meeting also provides an opportunity for informal networking.
  • Grand Challenges in Environmental Sciences. This 2001 National Academy of Sciences report illuminates the scientific consensus about what the really big, overarching problems in ecology and environmental science really are. It is helpful to artists who wish to engage with field science to understand the central importance of these issues.
  • Enhancing the Value and Sustainability of Field Stations and Marine Labs in the 21st Century. This 2014 National Academy of Sciences report specifically calls on FSML to find a way to bridge the empathy gap between science, policy, and social action. Follow-up publications by the document’s lead author specifically identify art as a powerful way to do that, providing strong justification for FSML ArtSciConverge programs.

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