About SCP Arts

Metro Transit Earth Week Light Rail Installation (JPST 365)

Students translated their research about the importance of transit in people’s lives into a visual metaphor, through a partnership with Metro Transit. Photo by @danemakes.

City Lights: Urban Experience (ENGL 203)

ENGL 203 students connected art and storytelling to convey the human experience of climate vulnerability, through an SCP Arts partnership 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), through an SCP Arts partnership with AirBooth.

Pollinator Pathways (BIOL 101 & BIOL 315)

Students created activity guides to engage people of all ages with pollinators & flowers, through a partnership with the St. Thomas Pollinator Path. Images by SCP Artist-in-Residence Sarah Nelson.

Mississippi River Experiences (ENVR 212)

Students translated their research about people's experiences of the Mississippi River into artwork, through an SCP Arts partnership with the MWMO.

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 develops partnerships and projects through which students across majors collaborate with local artists, writers, and communities to bring to life community-identified sustainability goals for people of all ages. 

  •  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 our partners’ project questions through dialogue with a professional artist. SCP partners share the artwork in their communities and beyond, bringing to life sustainability goals for people of all ages. (See Installations and Exhibits)
  • Through workshops and discussions, collaborating artists, writers, and researchers explore the ecological and social dimensions of human and environmental interactions in our communities. (See Workshops and Discussions)

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.

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

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