AICAD/NOAA Fisheries Art and Science Fellowship
A partnership between the Association of Independent Colleges of Art & Design (AICAD) and NOAA Fisheries embeds artists in the agency to bridge communities and spark innovation
Engaging the public in complex, and sometimes controversial, marine science and policy is one of the hardest things we do. With subjects such as “fish passage barriers”, “salmon reintroduction”, and “nearshore habitat protection,” it’s easy to see why it’s hard for the public to understand how our work connects to their daily lives. Art is uniquely suited to help envision the challenges facing our waterways, the species living in them, and the people whose livelihoods depend on both.
The AICAD/NOAA Fisheries Art + Science Fellowship aims to bridge this gap. This Fellowship pairs artists and designers with NOAA Fisheries policy makers, scientists, and stakeholder communities. These artists-in-residence design works that inspire behavior change to conserve and protect NOAA trust resources. The Fellowship employs artistic practice to communicate scientific and environmental concepts, engender stewardship behavior, connect communities, and spark innovative solutions.
For more information, please visit information about the fellowship on the AICAD website.
Recovering California’s Salmon Species | Mickey Morgan
AICAD and NOAA Fisheries are pleased to announce the placement of Mickey Morgan into the third Art + Science Fellowship. Mickey L.D. Morgan is a visual and community practice artist and a care worker. They are passionate about neighborliness, believing that every human and non-human part of an ecosystem are essential to all of our lives, which has been a strong theme in their work over the past three years.
The 2022 Fellowship will focus on work with NOAA Fisheries West Coast Region’s California Coastal Office to connect with communities to support recovery of seven listed salmon species native to the coast of California: California Coastal Chinook, Southern Oregon Northern California Coast Coho Salmon, Central California Coast Coho Salmon, Southern California Steelhead, South Central California Steelhead, Central California Coast Steelhead, and Northern California Steelhead.
Morgan will complete a 6-week residency with NOAA Fisheries during the summer of 2022, followed by a period through February 2023 off-site to research, produce, and distribute creative work.
Puget Sound Nearshore Habitat | Isabel Beavers
The 2021 AICAD/NOAA Art + Science Fellow, Isabel Beavers is a transdisciplinary artist and creative producer based in Los Angeles. She creates installations, public art, and digital experiences that explore the climate crisis, technology, and ecological justice.
The 2021 Fellowship focused on working with communities in Puget Sound to conserve nearshore habitat crucial to recovering salmon and killer whales. The health of nearshore habitat depends upon the land-management decisions of individual landowners across Puget Sound. Isabel worked with NOAA Fisheries to deepen connections and collaboration with landowners through artistic and cultural strategies, helping shape restoration efforts and accelerate recovery.
Central Valley Salmon Culture | Stephanie Littlebird Fogel
The 2020 Fellowship focused on working with communities to return salmon populations to blocked river habitats in California’s Central Valley. Sacramento River winter-run Chinook have been identified as a species most at risk of extinction in the near future, and reintroduction past Shasta Dam is the single most important action identified in the recovery plan, yet community and stakeholder resistance at multiple levels has hindered the plan for fish passage.
The 2020 NOAA Fisheries/AICAD Fellow, Stephanie Fogel, spent time virtually with scientists, natural resource managers, and community members in California’s Central Valley to research and implement creative strategies to this environmental and cultural dilemma.
Stephanie created a series of watershed-specific “Salmon Country” Signs. Each sign features the body of a salmon with the landscape of their ancestral spawning waters. They created signs for the Yuba River, the Sacramento, Merced, and McCloud, each showing the unique physical characteristics of that specific river.
She worked with NOAA scientists to improve the absorption of scientific information by enhancing existing scientific diagrams, such as the powerpoint slide below.