Arts and Environmental Action Student
OpenGrounds has launched a pilot scholarship program with the selection of three Environmental Action Student Scholars. The recipients received $10,000 scholarships, with funding from the Jefferson Trust. The scholarships enable the students to work with faculty mentors on projects intended to investigate and understand the ways in which the arts and sciences work together to push ideas forward and to make information visible to the world. Selected students include Gwendolyn McGinn and Rachel Vassar, 2014 Master of Landscape Architect graduates, for the urban landscape project “The Infrastructural Wild.” Joe Bellona, a Ph.D. candidate in composition and computer technologies, was selected for the new media project “Carbon Feed,” which focuses on the environmental cost of online behavior and its supportive physical infrastructure. And Erik DeLuca, a Ph.D. candidate in composition and computer technologies, was selected for “Community Listening in Isle Royal National Park”, a multi-disciplinary music project that traces how he became part of a dialogue between a team of world biologists and a community of park explorers on an island in Lake Superior. The projects were showcased in September with a presentation at OpenGrounds and an exhibit at CitySpace.