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Engaging Youth in Creative Ecology - June 2022

As a youth mentor with 10 years of experience, I collaborated with Seeds of Independence to lead a hands on workshop for a group of 8 middle school students.  The workshop centered around Creative Ecology - a lesson on ethically building a relationship with our natural environment and allowing our observations and curiosities to inspire creative expression.  

I shared my experiences of connecting with the various landscapes of Maine and how my observations and ecological insights inspired my project, an Artists Field Guide of Maine. Following the presentation, we explored Neptune Woods in Brunswick and collected ideas and plant material to utilize in making monoprints.

This workshop was made possible in part by a grant from the Maine Arts Commission, an independent state agency supported by the National Endowment for the Arts.

Photo credit: Savanna Pettengill - www.savannapettengill.com