Garden for a Changing Climate

Garden for a Changing Climate is collaboration between University of Illinois at Chicago faculty Hannah Higgins, UW-Madison faculty Noah Feinstein, UW-Madison graduate students Alexandra Lakind and Corinna West, Gallery 400 (of Chicago) director Lorelei Stewart, and Chicago-based artist Jenny Kendler. The project fuses interdisciplinarity, formal and informal education, museum commissioning and programming, and the creation of a new artwork using a central effect of climate change to demonstrate how interdisciplinarity across art, science, education, and social science can model pedagogy in an arts-based interdisciplinary undergraduate curriculum and create effective education about the changing climate, its impact on their lives, and how they can join mitigation efforts. In addition to presenting a large-scale public artwork at several sites throughout the city, the project will provide a CPS classroom curriculum for student engagement; facilitate coursework at UIC and UW-Madison; and present a series of public programs to educate communities of Chicago residents on the impact of climate change and about potential ways to join in climate change mitigation.