Art & Emergence Learning Cooperative
10-week small group learning experience centering individual and collective growth
through a focus on ecological art, social practice, and art activism theory
applications open for February - May 2024
applications due February 1, 2024
ABOUT THE LEARNING EXPERIENCE
The Art & Emergence Learning Cooperative is a 10-week small group learning experience for working artists seeking to deepen their practice, grow collectively, and broaden their radical imagination of the future.
The cooperative will run the last week of February - mid-May.
The syllabus be tailored to serve the practices of the cohort. The program will explore the confluence of ecological art, social practice, and art activism, through:
weekly readings (ex: Emergent Strategy by adrienne maree brown, Plastic Capitalism by Amanda Boetzkes, Arts of Living on a Damaged Planet)
weekly group meetings (discussions & critiques)
bi-weekly individual studio visits (5 per artist)
This learning experience will prioritize meaningful connections and community: it will be made up of 4-6 artists, selected based on the strength of their work as well as their potential to grow with and from each other.
Applications are due February 1.
$2,000 sliding scale
Tier 3 $2,000
Tier 2 $1,250
Tier 1 $500
1/3 of cost due upon selection
1/3 due at the end of the first whole month
1/3 due at the end of the second month
Heather ‘Bird’ Harris is an artist, history educator, and curator. Through painting and social practice, she engages site-specific materials to explore the throughlines between land history and environmental crises, as well as mothering in the face of climate change.
Harris received her B.S. in art history and studio art from Skidmore College and master’s degree in education leadership from Columbia University. Harris has served as principal of a turnaround school in New Orleans and has consulted with school leaders across the South to implement equitable learning practices and empowering history education. Her work has been exhibited at Art Fields, Stoveworks, the University of New Mexico, and has been featured nationally on NPR, Sea Change podcast, and the All We Can Save Project. In the spring of 2023, Harris facilitated the first iteration of her community-based experience and installation The Land Memory Project as part of Science Gallery Atlanta’s JUSTICE exhibition season. Harris was recently announced as one of 7 artists selected for Emory University's Arts & Social Justice Fellowship. She is represented by Spalding Nix (Atlanta, GA), Mont Art House (Houston, TX), and Claire Elizabeth Gallery (New Orleans, LA). Harris is a current MFA candidate at Georgia State University.
Bird lives in Atlanta with her partner Josh and their two children, Jade and Hazel
Excellent teaching can be a form of social practice; it aims to create experiences that shift people’s perspectives. Through my work as an artist and educator, I'm interested in exploring how we can use creative processes to interrogate issues of inequity and imagine alternative ways of being through education and relationships.
Prior to recommitting to my art practice full time, I have served as a middle school teacher and principal, written anti-racist history curriculum, and have worked with school leaders across the South to implement equitable learning practices and empowering history education. I received my B.A. in art history from Skidmore College and master’s degree in education leadership from Columbia University.
Ultimately, teaching is based on relational accountability. Through a balance of challenge, support, and trust, education can be transformative, liberating, and expansive.
Bird is FANTASTIC teacher! She knows her stuff, but knows how to meet the individual student where they're at. She taught me so much about my own creativity and potential by equipping me with new knowledge, but also helping me tap into the skills I already have. She has the instructional skills of a teacher and the knowledge and craft of an artist. You will walk away from time spent with Bird having learned something meaningful about yourself as an artist and a person, 100%.