Matt Magee, 516 Grapheme

Resources for College Education

We offer an array of educational resources for students and instructors at college and higher education level, including reading and research resources, curatorial statements, and more.

To support engagement and learning with the artworks and themes in the exhibition “Species in Peril Along the Rio Grande” the following resources are available:

A reading list curated by Laura Paskus

Curators statements and wall labels

Many of the artists and speakers in the exhibition and program are available for class visits, workshops, and artist talks.

In particular, two workshops are exclusively offered to college students, to enquire email viola@516arts.org:

on overlooked species for entangled futures by laura carlson

In this workshop, laura c carlson will teach via their research methodology, an assemblage of artistic and scientific research fused with storytelling and collaboration. Focused on the non-charismatic/overlooked beings in need of conservation, we will ask questions about who is overlooked, how do humans relate to these species, and how can we begin practices of reconciliation. The workshop will ask participants to make meaning with the information they collect through a creative output, such as poetry, performance, songwriting.


How art can help us see what is there, or Why I drove up the entire Rio Grande for my summer vacation by Michael Berman

The power of a conscious mind rests in perspective - a recognition that there is a past and a future. In the beginning a little bit of remembrance of things past confers an advantage. If you know the river rises every spring, and seeds planted in summer can be harvested in the fall, and each winter herds of ungulates migrate down from the alpine pastures, you can make plans. In time the flood of experience inundates the limits of a single mind. Humans pushed the boundaries of these limits with a little trick - language, and passed stories from one individual to another. The second trick was to learn how to abstract significant information and create a model so information could be prioritized and utilized. When humans figured out how to write things down the potential of accumulated knowledge transcended both place and time and complex cultures emerged based on information systems. When I listen to folks talk about endangered species, I hear stories, human-centric models based on information systems. Species though are dependent on ecological systems, and if those ecological systems are significantly altered, they will go extinct.

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Resources (books, podcasts, movies)

Please be sure to check back periodically. For enquires email viola@516arts.org.

Events & Workshops