Art + Ecology of PLAYA


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Cost: $460 (lodging not included)
Dates: July 15-18
Instructors: Stacy Moore and Daniela Naomi Molnar

This workshop offers a unique opportunity to learn from both a scientist and an artist and to experience how these fields inform and complement each other. Co-taught by scientist Stacy Moore from the Institute for Applied Ecology and artist Daniela Naomi Molnar, you’ll start with a full day of hands-on learning about the ways that water dwellers and plants flourish in PLAYA’s ecosystem. You’ll then be guided in applying this new knowledge of aquatic ecology and plant ecology to creative explorations that will deepen and augment your understanding of this unique ecosystem. You’ll return to your home ecosystem with new creative and informational lenses to apply to your life and art. Creative prompts will be suited to any medium including writing. Bring whatever creative skills or intentions you have, along with plenty of curiosity and a willingness to see your world anew.

This workshop starts Thursday morning. Lunch will be provided Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday. All other meals are on your own. A workshop syllabus will be shared with participants 3 weeks before workshop start date.

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Recommended field equipment:
gum boots (if you have them)
insect repellent
water bottle(s)
light hiking shoes
clothes for layering (can be hot in the day, cold at night)
sketchbook or notebook for drawing in the field
your favorite drawing materials for capturing notes and images in the field

Recommended supplies for the art workshop:
Whatever art supplies you already own and use for your creations
Something to write with and on
A digital camera (cell phone camera is fine) if you already own one — don’t go out and buy one
Tracing paper
A pencil and eraser

Instructor Bios:
Stacy Moore is the Ecological Education Program Director at Institute for Applied Ecology. Stacy has a B.S. in Wildlife Biology, Secondary Science Teaching Certificate, M.S Environmental Education. Stacy develops and implements educational and restoration outreach opportunities with local schools as well as the public. She has led the Sustainable Prisons Project since 2014, working in 13 prisons in six states, growing native plants, and offering science engagement to prison inmates and staff. Stacy has over 15 years teaching and advising students in the Willamette Valley at both Oregon State University and elementary, middle and high schools.

Daniela Naomi Molnar is an artist and poet working with the mediums of language, image, and place. She is also a wilderness guide / educator / activist / eternal student. Her work for the past several years has been focused on issues of climate justice and climate grief. She works across forms, melding painting, poetry, prose, site-specific intervention, editing, activism, and teaching. She founded the Art + Ecology program at the Pacific Northwest College of Art and is an all-around integral part of Signal Fire, providing opportunities for artists to learn about environmental justice by engaging with public wildlands. She holds an MFA in Poetry from Warren Wilson College and her visual art has been shown nationally and has been recognized by numerous grants, fellowships, and residencies. She is founding Co-Editor of Leaf Litter, Signal Fire’s art and literary journal and was Art Editor at The Bear Deluxe Magazine for many years. Her writing has appeared or is forthcoming in Fugue, Moss, Tripwire, Bomb Cyclone, Capitalism Nature Socialism, and elsewhere. A member of the third generation of the Holocaust and the daughter of immigrants, she lives in Portland, Oregon, in the Cascadian bioregion, atop a buried headwaters confluence, on the unceded land of the Clackamas, Cowlitz, Chinook, Multnomah, and other Indigenous peoples.

COVID Safety:
PLAYA is doing all it can to keep its guests and staff safe with COVID. PLAYA is naturally spacious which easily allows guests to follow 6’ distancing guidelines. Sanitation procedures will be strictly followed and programming will be conducted outdoors as much as possible. Masks will be required for any indoor programming with 6’ distances between participants. Some indoor spaces on campus may be closed to visitors.

*Please note, PLAYA does not have a restaurant or store to purchase additional meals. There is a small convenience store and restaurant in both Summer Lake 11 miles north and in Paisley 17 miles south