Arctic Field Projects

Project Title: Workshop: Navigating The New Arctic: Bridging Science, Art, and Community (Award# 1744413)

PI: Epstein, Howard E (
Phone: (804) 924.4308 
Institute/Department: U of Virginia, Environmental Sciences 
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Funding Agency: US\Federal\NSF\GEO\OPP\ARC\ARCSS
Program Manager: Dr. Diane McKnight ( )
Discipline(s): | Education and Outreach |

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Science Summary:
This workshop and associated activities will explore the intersections of the natural, built, and social-cultural environments in the changing Arctic. In this workshop, the investigators will explore how building design, art, and music can be bridge between scientific data and understanding, both academic and Indigenous, of Arctic landscape change. The investigators hope to develop creative and truly interdisciplinary approaches for understanding landscape change and refining questions about the effects of these changes. The workshop will consist of one-day symposium, followed by a three-day workshop, both taking place at the University of Virginia. A post-workshop activity will take place in Utqiagvik (Barrow, AK) to present and discuss outcomes. In addition, the workshop organizers are promoting the idea of engaging the next generation of Alaska Native youth through the intersection of science, engineering, architecture and music, hoping that they will become interested in pursuing these fields for the ultimate benefit of their own communities.

Logistics Summary:
Bridging Science, Art, and Community in the New Arctic facilitates the development of a convergent scientific framework, through discussions among arctic researchers from highly disparate disciplines, involving a strong component of education and outreach. By drawing together an interdisciplinary team of arctic researchers, one of our key goals is the formation of new research network that explores the intersections among the natural, built, and cultural environments of the Arctic, with artistic exhibition and expression as a component of the investigation. In 2018 a one day Symposium and three day Workshop will take place at the University of Virginia, in Charlottesville, VA. Following the workshop, faculty and student participants will develop an Action Plan for moving forward with interdisciplinary research questions, tools, and techniques. At some date shortly after the workshop (but after the Action Plan has been completed), 5 participants will then travel to Utqiagvik, Alaska to share the results. Working with Ilisagvik College in Utqiagvik, researchers will create an opportunity for showcasing the collaborative work arising from the symposium and workshop, involving local participants in the discussion. The outcome will be a revised Action Plan for interdisciplinary research, education, and outreach. The workshop participants will then write a conceptual paper for publication. A subaward to the Arctic Rsearch Consortium of the United States (ARCUS) is included in this grant, to cover personnel costs associated with advising the workshop committee (e.g., on venues,logistics, agenda development, connections and potential participants) and assist with facilitation, tapping into the ARCUS network and years of workshop experience. No fieldwork is conducted.

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