Fires of Change – A Science & Art Collaborative

Fires of Change exhibit by Shawn SkabelandThis project is designed to integrate fire and climate science with art to offer a unique interpretation for the northern Arizona community. Together with partners, Landscape Conservation Initiative (LCI) and Flagstaff Arts Council (FAC), we selected 11 artists to participate. In September 2014, these artists attended field trips to the North Rim of the Grand Canyon and other locations in northern Arizona with fire managers and scientists to learn about fire and climate science. The resulting art exhibition ran September 5 – October 31, 2015 and will run in Tucson – Spring 2016. * Primary funding was provided by the Joint Fire Science Program and the National Endowment for the Arts.

Click here to download a slideshow with samples of the art from the exhibition!

Also available are the Science Statement and the Curator Statement.

Click here to download a video of Andi Thode’s presentation for the Flagstaff Science Festival’s SCI talks series

To download a pdf catalog of the exhibit, click here!

This exhibition will travel to 516 Arts in Albuquerque this summer (2017)!

Below is a video that explains the urgency behind the idea that individual communities can and should positively adapt to fire.

We also created two short videos to provide a basic description of the process for this project below.

Fires of Change Field Trip, aka: “Fire Science Boot Camp” materials are available here: