'In a Time of Change' encourages dialogue on climate change

From The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner, Friday, September 10, 2010:

Art and science are not mutually exclusive disciplines and the artists and scientists behind “In a Time of Change: Envisioning the Future” are going to prove it.

A project in two parts — a gallery exhibition and a stage performance — has the intention of changing the ongoing dialogue on climate change, according to scientist and performer Mary Beth Leigh.

“It’s how we’re seeing the effects of climate change,” she said. “And trying to figure out how the future might look.”

Funded through a grant from the National Science Foundation, applications for the program were accepted early this year. Then this summer, dozens of artists chosen were given the chance to see what climate change scientists are doing to gather data at the Bonanza Creek Long Term Ecological Research program. Together, in small groups of about 12, they would go out to the site and look at how climate change has been affecting the area.

Those trips were a chance for the artists to see what was happening in the environment and a chance for them to interact with scientists studying climate change.