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Arts and Ecology Incubator with Chantal Bilodeau of The Arctic Cycle (NYC)

Incubator Workshop
November 21-24
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The Ringling


Arts and Ecology Incubator with Chantal Bilodeau of The Arctic Cycle (NYC) 
Think Tank & Workshop 

Nov 21-24, 2019

During this 3-day intensive, participants interact with accomplished guest speakers from the hard and social sciences, and with local artists who have in-depth knowledge of the Florida ecology. Conversations and work sessions allow everyone to dig deep into the challenges and concerns of working at the intersection of arts and a rapidly changing ecology, such as creating narratives that acknowledge inevitable losses but leave room for the possibility of a thriving and inclusive future. Space is limited and pre-registration is required.

The Incubator is open to artists, activists, scientists, and educators who want to engage or further their engagement with climate change through artistic practices. All disciplines are welcome and individuals from traditionally underrepresented populations and communities are encouraged to attend. The Incubator is an inclusive environment that supports diverse perspectives.

Space is limited and pre-registration is required. The Incubator is open to artists, activists, scientists, educators, and citizens who want to engage or further their engagement with climate change through artistic practices. All disciplines are welcome. The Incubator is an inclusive environment that supports diverse perspectives.
Incubator Schedule:   
November 21 / 5:15 – 7:00 pm: Joseph's Coat in the Museum of Art Searing Wing (begins at sundown)
November 22 / 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 pm: Intensive in the Perret Studio Space, 6:30 p.m:  Landfill Harmonic film in the Historic Asolo Theater 
November 23 / 10:30 a.m. – 5:00 pm:  Conversation program @ 10:30am in the Chao Lecture Hall. 1:00pm  Intensive continues in the Perret Studio Space @ 1:00pm   
November 24 / 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 pm: Intensive continues in the Perret Studio Space

*Full museum Admission, from November 22-24, is included with the Incubator*
Parking is free.  Discount hotel rates available for out of town participants.  

Chantal Bilodeau


Chantal Bilodeau is a playwright and translator whose work focuses on the intersection of science, policy, arts, and climate change. She is the Artistic Director of The Arctic Cycle, an organization that uses theatre to foster conversations about our global climate crisis, create an empowering vision of the future, and encourage people to take action. She runs the online platform Artists & Climate Change, and is a co-organizer of Climate Change Theatre Action – a worldwide series of readings and performances of short climate change plays presented in support of the United Nations COP meetings. She curates the HowlRound series Theatre in the Age of Climate Change and is working on a cycle of eight plays that look at the social and environmental changes taking place in the eight countries of the Arctic.



Guest Speakers

Rolando Chang Barrero is an artist, independent curator, arts advocate and South Florida Gay News 50 most influential people of the year. He captures the human soul and spirit through his vision and artistic expressions.  His work sparks conversation about current issues and the inner essence of life in an ever-changing world. Rolando resides and maintains a working professional art studio and gallery, The Box Gallery, in the heart of West Palm Beach’s “Cultural Corridor.” He opened and established The Rolando Chang Barrero Fine Art Gallery, founded the Florida Arts Association, co-founded Art Synergy, and is the Director of The Boynton Beach Art District where he was awarded Best Art Exhibition by New Times 2014 and Best Art Walk by New Times 2013. Rolando is part of the Cultural Council of Palm Beach, Palm Beach County, Florida and ArtServe, Broward County, Florida.



Eric Berry draws from his childhood in rural Michigan where days were spent outside in a, now scarce, human-free environment. The audio work of Sound Artist and Composer Eric Berry alludes to the greatness of nature slowly collapsing under the weight of the modern world. Since graduating with a degree in Music Production from Berklee College of Music (2017), Eric has worked as a composer and sound artist on several short films and experimental films and released a series of pieces called Symbols/Sonics (2018), exploring the essence and meaning of man-made symbols through audio. Most recently, Eric has been working in collaboration with Ringling College of Art and Design and New College of Florida on the RHINO Project, an interdisciplinary film and dance piece focusing on the destruction of nature by human violence and ignorance. The project was made in collaboration with the John and Mable Ringling Museum or Art and awarded funding by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. 

Kevin Greene

Kevin Greene is the Assistant Director of Facilities & Grounds Services where he has been for over 16 years. During this time, he has managed several landscape projects associated with the construction of several new buildings on campus. He has also developed grounds-based tours and workshops along with co-writing a book focused on the Ringling’s gardens and grounds. Kevin has been in the ‘Green’ Industry for over 25 years. Before coming to the Ringling, he was a project manager of a local design/build landscape contracting company and a department manager at a local environmental services company responsible for landscape installations & maintenance; irrigation installations, maintenance, and troubleshooting; and sod renovations. Kevin has served on the Sarasota Tree Advisory Council for several years as both a member and as Chair.




Sheryl Haler has been a full-time faculty member for the past twenty-seven years at the Ringling College of Art and Design – currently teaching Costume Design and Production Design in the Film Department. In her work, nature, myth and nurturing are recurrent themes. Primarily cloth and alternative materials, the work is of varying scales – from small intimate embroideries to larger than life installation as objects, beings and spaces. They are mementos, tributes, questions and discourse. They reflect a story as it was, as it is, as it is hoped for or will be. They are mappings of a life’s journey. Her most recent creative opportunity (2018-2019) has been a collaboration – The Rhino Project – with a Composer from the Berklee School of Music, two Choreographers / dancers from New College, an Experimental Video Artist, a Ringling College Faculty / Cinematographer and Film students to create a dance film and live performance at the Ringling Museum of Art.



Emily Saarinen

Emily Saarinen is Associate Professor of Biology and Environmental Studies at New College of Florida. She received her Ph.D. in Entomology from the University of Florida. She has also completed two postdoctoral appointments; one evaluating the population genetics of Gulf of Mexico sturgeon and the other with the U.S. EPA on predicting the risk of near shore marine species to extinction due to climate change. Her primary research interests are on animal populations that are small or declining and she focuses on butterflies, many of which are state or federally-endangered. Dr. Saarinen regularly supports Pollination Ecology tutorials and clubs in addition to her work with the Sarasota Honey Company and our campus bee hives (on the Caples campus).


Babs Reingold

Venezuela-born American artist Babs Reingold creates sculptures and installations, focusing on poverty, the environment and beauty Reingold has an extensive showing history. Recent exhibits include a 3-museum exhibit in Florida, “Skyway: A Contemporary Collaboration”. Her installation, “The Last Tree” a solo exhibit had a six-month run at Buffalo’s Burchfield Penney Art Center. It had debuted earlier at ISE Cultural Foundation in Soho.