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CLEAN Teleconference Call May 22, 2018

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Marda Kirn: Interspecies Communication or Marriage Made in Heaven? Science Art Collaborations Advancing Sustainability

Bio: Marda Kirn is the founding director of EcoArts Connections (EAC), a producing, presenting, consulting, and service organization that brings visual, performing, and other arts together with science, social justice, and other fields to inspire sustainable living while finding new roles for the arts in the face of global change. Kirn has received numerous awards, among them the Colorado Governor's Award for Excellence in the Arts; Western Alliance of Arts Administrators Distinguished Service Award; Colorado Dance Alliance Lifetime Achievement Award; Carson-Brierly Dance Library Legends of Dance in Colorado Award; and NYC Tap City Tap Preservation Award. More recently she was awarded the first University of Colorado Creative Climate Communication Prize and was among the five first Dairy Arts Center Honors awardees. Kirn has lectured on dance/the arts for many organizations; has served on grants panels for the National Endowment for the Arts, National Science Foundation, Rockefeller Foundation, and the Western States Arts Federation, among many others; and has been a speaker/panelist and/or consultant for organizations in the US, Europe, Latin America, and Asia.

Abstract: Science and art are stereotypically viewed as different species living at opposite ends of exploration and communication: science is at home with numbers, charts, and graphs; art is more comfortable with metaphors, images, and storytelling. Yet social science research suggests that science communication can be more effective by collaborating with the arts to reach a wider audience more deeply. But how? After a quick overview of the role of the arts in inspiring attitude and behavior change, this presentation will explore ways science and art can collaborate to advance sustainability and end with a discussion of what listeners are most interested in finding out to inform a session at AGU.

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