Madison Children’s Musuem
During the 2013-2014 academic year, I have served as a Public Humanities Fellow for the Madison Children’s Museum, through the University of Wisconsin’s Center for the Humanities (as part of Engaging the Humanities, a multiyear project generously supported by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation). In this position, I am working on a wide variety of projects related to sustainability, health, and community engagement at the Museum, which is a national leader in nontoxic children’s environments, green design, and environmental education.
An article about my work and the Public Humanities Fellowship program: Humanities fellows step into ‘real world’
Community GroundWorks (CGW) is a nonprofit organization that connects people to nature and local food, using hands-on education as a tool to teach children and adults about gardening, urban farming, healthful eating, caring for natural areas.
Over the past four years, I have worked as a Kids’ Garden intern, as the Social Media Coordinator for the CGW Communications Committee (find us on Twitter and on Facebook), as a community liaison for Tales from Planet Earth and the film What’s On Your Plate?, and on the planning committee and as the webmaster for the Youth Grow Local Conference in 2010 and 2011.
Most recently, I worked as the Communications Coordinator for CGW’s newest project, the Wisconsin School Garden Initiative.
Tales from Planet Earth
Tales From Planet Earth showcases environmental films from around the world on the belief that issues don’t move people, stories do! To that end, we link compelling narratives of films to engagement efforts of community partners working for environmental and social justice in Wisconsin. The highlight of our efforts is a biennial film festival thematically journeying around the globe to explore how stories told through film shape our understanding of nature and inspire action on behalf of environmental justice and the diversity of life.
I was most involved with Tales from Planet Earth during its first two years, in 2007 and 2009, serving first as a Project Assistant and Theater Site Manager, and later as a community liaison between the film festival and local nonprofit organizations.