SCP Arts


Senior Engineering Design Clinic

Senior Engineering Design Team presents their AirBooth prototype that can produce sound using air itself (Fall 2017).

City Lights: Urban Experience (ENGL 203)

Students in Olga Herrera's course connect art and storytelling to convey the human experience of climate vulnerability, in collaboration with the Metropolitan Council.

Leadership for Social Justice (JPST 365)

Students in Mike Klein's course share their visual representations of their research about the diverse stories of transit riders, in collaboration with Metro Transit.

Environmental Problem Solving (ESCI 310)

Students in Chip Small's course co-create a children's book about nutrient cycling with SCP Artist-in-Residence Sarah Nelson based on research in the UST Stewardship Garden.

City Lights: Urban Experience (ENGL 203)

Co-created illustration by SCP Artist-in-Residence Sarah Nelson and English students based on their research of stories of climate vulnerability (Fall 2018).


About SCP Arts

Inspired by the transformative impacts of collaborative efforts that bridge art and sustainability, the Sustainable Communities Partnership (SCP) created an arts initiative:  SCP Arts.


SCP Arts engages students in applied, arts-based projects - through workshops with local artists - that advance SCP partners’ sustainability goals and enrich student problem-solving and communication. 


Now in its second year, SCP Arts is collaborating with faculty and partners across disciplines through a variety of course-based projects. SCP's 2018-2019 Artist-in-Residence is St. Paul-based artist, Sarah Nelson.

Working with SCP Arts has been an incredible experience both as an artist and as an individual who is passionate about sustainability. Having the opportunity to use my skills to help students communicate research in ways that empower communities is incredibly rewarding. The process generates a final product that can be used by partners to engage communities and that equips students to speak about their findings with those outside of their field of study.

- Sarah Nelson, SCP Artist-in-Residence, 2018-2019


How SCP Arts Works

  • SCP facilitates a project scoping process with SCP partners, SCP Artist-in-Residence, and faculty to collaboratively develop a partner-identified, art-based project that advances partner sustainability goals and enriches course learning objectives.

  • Through arts-based workshops during class, the SCP Artist-in-Residence and students co-create the project artwork. This process enriches students' investigation and analysis of the project question and communication of project findings.

  • SCP partners share and display the project artwork in their communities and beyond, making findings more accessible to the community and fostering public engagement with their sustainability goals.

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