The Crossroads Project: IUB is a celebration of how the arts and humanities catalyze science in support of environmental sustainability. Starting with the October First Thursdays Festival on Oct. 4, Indiana University Bloomington will kick off a two-day celebration of how the arts and sciences can work together to inspire action.
Starting with the October First Thursdays Festival on Oct. 4, Indiana University Bloomington will kick off a two-day celebration of how the arts and sciences can work together to inspire action. The event will feature special advocacy-focused tables at First Thursdays, a performance of Rising Tide: The Crossroads Projectand a daylong symposium.
Rising Tide: The Crossroads Project is a performance piece that presents scientific information on global sustainability through a variety of artistic expressions. During the performance at IU Cinema at 7 p.m. Oct. 4, the science is presented by physicist Rob Davies, while the Fry Street Quartet performs original music from composer Laura Kaminsky. Throughout the performance, photos by Garth Lenz and paintings by Rebecca Allen will be displayed to show compelling images of our world and environment.
"The whole goal of the performance is to not only convince people we're in a state of global change but to acknowledge that we are and try to motivate people to think about how they can adjust their own lifestyle to mitigate negative aspects of global environmental change," said Sarah Mincey, director of the Integrated Program in the Environment at IU. "With the movement of the Prepared for Environmental Change Grand Challenge and the resources IU is putting into that, along with the work of our program and the Office of Sustainability, we felt like this was the perfect time to bring this performance to Bloomington."
The symposium will explore how the arts, humanities and sciences can work together to inform and motivate sustainable changes. The morning session will include a keynote address from Davies and Jason Kelly, director of the IUPUI Arts and Humanities Institute, and a panel discussion with the Rising Tide performers and contributors. In the afternoon, participants will workshop Rising Tide-like, multidisciplinary projects.
The symposium is open to the community as well as IU faculty, staff and students. The event is free, but registration is required. Those planning to attend the afternoon session can include a short proposal or idea for a Crossroads-like project during the registration process.
"The only requirement for ideas and proposals is that it include connections between the arts and humanities and sciences," Mincey said. "Following the symposium, we'll be expanding our website to include an action and resources section. We hope to actually see, in a year or two, projects like Rising Tide coming out of IU Bloomington and the Bloomington community."