SCP Arts


Metro Transit Earth Week Light Rail Installation (JPST 365)

Students partnered with Metro Transit & SCP Artist-in-Residence Sarah Nelson to translate research about the importance of transit in people’s lives into a visual metaphor. Photo by @danemakes

City Lights: Urban Experience (ENGL 203)

ENGL 203 students connected art and storytelling to convey the human experience of climate vulnerability, in collaboration with the Metropolitan Council.

Senior Engineering Design Clinic

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

Pollinator Pathways (BIOL 101 & BIOL 315)

Students co-created interactive activity guides with SCP Artist-in-Residence Sarah Nelson to engage people of all ages to observe pollinators & flowers closely and to ponder their value to society.

Mississippi River Experiences (ENVR 212)

ENVR 212 students collaborated with SCP Artist-in-Residence Sarah Nelson to translate their research about people's experiences of the Mississippi River into artwork, in partnership with the MWMO.


Inspired by the transformative impacts of efforts that bridge art and sustainability, the Sustainable Communities Partnership (SCP) created SCP Arts

Through artist-led workshops in class, SCP Artists-in-Residence and students collaborate to translate students' SCP project findings into original artwork. This interaction of research and art enriches students’ investigation of the project question through critical dialogue with a professional artist. SCP partners share the resulting artwork in their communities and beyond, bringing to life sustainability goals for people of all ages.

The Sustainable Communities Partnership (SCP) develops multi-year partnerships with government and campus partners to integrate community-identified sustainability projects into St. Thomas courses across disciplines. Projects encompass ecological, social, and economic dimensions of interconnected human and ecological well-being. Students engage in real-world research and problem-solving to apply course content to advance partners’ sustainability goals and improve the quality of life in the Twin Cities.


SCP Arts Installations and Exhibits



Elm Tree Story Booth - on campus this week!

Step inside & share your experiences of the Mississippi River.
On campus November 4 - 8 in front of the OSF library.
Open 9am-4pm.

Learn about the Elm Tree Story Booth here and this SCP Arts collaborative research project here.

Join us at our Symbiosis artist talk Friday, November 8.  Details here.


Now in its third year, SCP Arts has collaborated with partners and faculty across disciplines through a variety of course-based projects

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, 2018-2020

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