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Christina Catanese

Pronouns:

she/her

Availability:

Available

Full or Part-time

Position Type:

Grand Rapids

Michigan

United States of America

Years in the field:

6 – 10 Years

Areas of Expertise

Administrative Support, Curatorial/Collections, Docent Programs, Education, Events, Exhibits development, Explainer/guide, Grants/Foundational Giving, Marketing & Communications, Outreach and Public Engagement, Project Management, Social Media, Theaters, Other

I work across the disciplines of dance, education, environmental science, science communication, and arts administration to inspire curiosity, empathy, and connection through creative encounters with nature. My passion lies in using my interdisciplinary background to organize art exhibitions and projects that are more intuitive, emotional, empathetic, creative, and accessible than traditional presentations of science. I’m especially excited about facilitating land-based art projects that have real ecological impact. I seek to have a career and life rooted in service and generosity, while honing my creative craft.

As the Director of Environmental Art at the Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education for over six years, I oversaw all aspects of creating and implementing an environmental art exhibition program in the nature center’s 340 acres of forests, fields, and gallery spaces. Integrating my science and art backgrounds, I led the development of over two dozen contemporary art exhibitions exploring nature and environmental topics. As an artist, I have participated in residencies at the Santa Fe Art Institute, Signal Fire, Works on Water, and SciArt Center, and have presented my work throughout Philadelphia and the Mid-Atlantic region. I hold a Masters in Applied Geosciences and a BA in Environmental Studies and Political Science, both from the University of Pennsylvania. I also knit feverishly, garden novicely, and enjoy photographing ecology in wild places.

I am recently based in Grand Rapids, Michigan, after living in Philadelphia for 15 years and growing up in Pittsburgh. I am eagerly getting to know the ecologies of the Great Lakes, the formerly glaciated landscapes that surround them, and the people working on their behalf. I seek opportunities to apply my experiences in science, art, and nonprofit leadership to environmental efforts in my new home state.

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