Artist’s Choice: Art + Science
As Richmond strives to adapt to climate change this conversation, led by artist Jon-Phillip Sheridan, explores a number of related questions. How do we make our community healthier? How can we rectify social environmental injustice? What changes can be made to zoning to stop creating areas that are substantially hotter, have more air pollution and are food deserts?
Join Sheridan and urban farm activist Duron Chavis, bioengineer Stephen Fong, forest ecologist Chris Gough, and sustainability manager Alicia Zatcoff as they explore green urbanism and grassroots strategies to mitigate pollution and the urban heat island effect.
Come early! The first 30 audience members receive native plant seed packets provided by Enrichmond Treelab. After the conversation, learn more about how you can get involved and enjoy free snacks and a cash bar at ICA’s Ellwood Thompson’s Cafe.
Jon-Phillip Sheridan is the Administrative Director and Assistant Professor at VCUarts Department of Photography and Film. Sheridan deconstructs photographs and found images, creating meticulous, kaleidoscopic arrangements that question materiality and the paradox of the picture plane itself.
Duron Chavis developed and organizes the McDonough Community Garden, an 8500 sq ft community garden located in a USDA denoted food desert in southside Richmond. He is the Manager of Community Engagement at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, where he coordinates initiatives around the topics of urban agriculture and food security.
Stephen Fong is Associate Professor of Chemical and Life Science Engineering at VCU. His research group works on systems biology, computational modeling, synthetic biology, metabolic engineering, and microbial evolution. Recently, Dr. Fong started SustainLab as an undergraduate research group focused on sustainability/quality of life topics.
Chris Gough is Assistant Professor of Biology at VCU. His research focuses on how climate, disturbance, and management shape forest, wetland, and urban ecosystem interactions with the climate system through their effects on atmospheric greenhouse gases. Chris is an advocate of open science and education resources, arts-sciences inte
Alicia Zatcoff is the first Sustainability Manager for the City of Richmond. She founded and developed the city’s sustainability and energy management program, focusing on improving the economic and environmental performance of city government and making RVA more livable, competitive, and resilient.