In order to meet the challenges in front of us in the East Jemez we need to break through the barriers that prevent true interdisciplinary work. Combining humanities, natural and social sciences, economics, and traditional ways of understanding the world takes a deliberate effort. We are working with artists, local storytellers, landscape architects, and scientists to develop ideas and experiments for action in the East Jemez. We will use these collaborations to help guide the restoration and management efforts moving forward.
There are several ongoing projects and various ways for you to get involved:
Art & Story
The culminating exhibit from Shawn Skabelund and Kathleen Brennan's 2017 Artists in Residency opens on April 21, 2018 in the historic fire tower of Bandelier National Monument. Read more about the exhibit here, at Brennan's website.
Calendar of Special Events
April 17, 2018-- Earth Week Talk: Ancestral Puebloan Fire Practices
April 21, 2018-- Earth Day Festival in Los Alamos
April 27, 2018-- Dinner at The Edge Effect Art Installation
April 28, 2018-- Upper Crossing Hike: Melding Science & Art
Artists in Residence
Shawn Skabelund and Kathleen Brennan served as the EJLF Artists in Residence in 2017, hosted at Bandelier National Monument. During their residency, they explored the altered landscapes with managers and scientists learning about the ways places and people are recovering from the recent severe disturbances. They have continued to reach out to local communities, both old and new, to gain a better understanding of the perspectives for the future in the East Jemez.
Stories of landscape change
The data we collect and the pictures we take can tell us how a place has changed over time and what specific areas used to look like, but those things alone can't tell us how a place used to feel or what made that place so special. We need stories for that. We are working to collect stories from all over the eastern Jemez, from people with long and short connections to this place. We hope the stories will help guide the land management choices in the future and be integrated into the planning efforts moving forward. If you have a story you'd like to share, please contact us.
A few examples of our previous art-science-conservation efforts: