Undercurrents: Cultures of Climate Change

In by Bonnie Zerr

Join ADAPT and Flagler College on June 2 for an in-person panel discussion on climate change, how it’s impacting cultural resources in the city of St. Augustine, what’s being done about it, and how artists can use their work to both spread awareness about climate change and call for action.

Before the panel discussion, experience the Crisp-Ellert Museum’s current exhibit “Undercurrents”, which brings together the work of ten international artists to explore the human condition in the midst of climate change. The featured artworks shift from photographs of disrupted, flooded landscapes to films exploring our emotional, physical, and political ties to the natural world. The “Undercurrents” exhibit was organized by students in the Curatorial Studies class at Flagler College.

MODERATORS

Dr. Chris Balaschak is a Kenan Distinguished Professor of Art History at Flagler College, where he teaches courses on visual culture, modern and contemporary art, curatorial studies, as well as the history of photography.

Brendan Rivers is Special Projects Producer at WJCT Public Media, and lead reporter for ADAPT, a digital-first project from WJCT and Jacksonville Today focused on climate change.

PANELISTS

Barbara Blonder just completed her 19th year as a full-time professor in the Natural Sciences department at Flagler College. She has been at the forefront of building the College’s first formal science program from one full-time faculty member to nine, capped with the highly successful launch of its Coastal Environmental Science major in 2013. She is in her 2nd year of service as a City of St. Augustine City Commissioner.

Leah Sandler is an interdisciplinary artist and writer based in Orlando, Florida, and one of the ten artists featured in the Undercurrents exhibit. She graduated with a Bachelor of Arts from Rollins College in 2014 and a Master of Fine Arts from the University of the Arts in 2017. Sandler’s writing and projects have been featured in publications including Textur Magazine, Salat Magazin, SPECS Journal, and Mapping Meaning Journal.

Dr. Lori Lee is a Kenan Distinguished Associate Professor of Anthropology at Flagler College. Her research focuses on materiality, memory, and medical practices of African American and indigenous cultures. As a community-based researcher working on the coast, her research has expanded to include the impact of climate change and human activity on cultural heritage.

Originally from Chincoteague Island, Virginia, Katie Lederer is a graphic designer and photographer based in St. Augustine, Florida. She recently graduated magna cum laude from Flagler College with a B.A. in Art History and a B.A. in Graphic Design. Lederer was in the Curatorial Studies class that organized the Undercurrents exhibit.

Shelby Fox is a St. Augustine, Florida, native and an upcoming senior at Flagler College double majoring in Public History and Art History and minoring in Anthropology. Her life-long love of museums combined with her deep appreciation of art and its many forms steered her in the direction of double majoring. Fox was also in the Curatorial Studies class that organized the Undercurrents exhibit.

Thursday, June 2, 2022
Reception:
5:30 – 6:45PM
Crisp-Ellert Art Museum
48 Sevilla St.
St. Augustine, FL 32084

Panel Discussion: 7 – 8:30PM
Ringhaver Student Center – Virginia Room
50 Sevilla St.
St. Augustine, FL 32084

Parking instructions: Limited parking will be available in Flagler College’s Markland lot (off of Markland Place), and at the Campus Services Building on the corner of King and MLK Streets.

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Online virtual event (No RSVP required): CLICK HERE TO WATCH LIVE

When

Thursday, June 2, 2022
5:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Where

Flagler College's Ringhaver Student Center - Virginia Room (2nd Floor)
74 King Street
St. Augustine, Florida 32084