The Envisioning Change project is based on the principle that the arts have a significant role to play in increasing awareness of environmental change, and can work together with the sciences and technology to make visible something as incremental yet powerful as sea level change. The goal is to visualize the impact of sea level rise in Portland, Maine and the Casco Bay region.
Casco Bay is an estuary located in the United States along the southern coastline of Maine. To the east it is bounded by Cape Small near the town of Phippsburg, and to the west by Two Lights State Park in Cape Elizabeth. The city of Portland is tucked along the south-western edge of the bay.
The project focuses primarily on the time period between 1900 and 2100. It engages artists, designers, community members and students in collecting and processing data and uses analytic and expressive tools to chronicle and distribute information about sea level change. This method of distributed data collection has parallels in citizen science, but with the added dimension of integrating artistic processes with geographic information systems and digital technologies.
Envisioning Change is a pilot project of DIGITAL MAINE, a University of Southern Maine Digital Humanities initiative that has received support from the Maine Economic Improvement Fund to create a digital repository and distribution system for Maine-based research and creative work.
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Contact: Jan Piribeck firstname.lastname@example.org
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Jan Piribeck: Project Director - Professor of Art, USM (University of Southern Maine)
PROJECT TEAM - Without the following individuals, Envisioning Change would not have materialized:
Jessica Williams: Research/Database Development - USM Graduate Student, Muskie School of Public Service, Masters in Community Planning & Development
Vinton Valentine: Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Consultant - Director, USM GIS
Ryan Jordan: Photo/Video Production - USM Art Student, Bachelor of Fine Art with Concentration in Digital Art and Design
Molly Holmberg Brown, PhD: Cartography and Information Design Consultant/Hand-Painted Maps - Owner/Director, MollyMaps
Nathan Broaddus: Research/GIS Map Development - USM Graduate Student, Muskie School of Public Service, Masters in Community Planning & Development
Carl Blue: Website Consultant - Associate Professor of Technology, USM
Thanks to the following people for their support of the project: Digital Maine, Principal Investigator (PI) John Muthyala, Professor of English, and Co-Principal Investigator (Co-PI) Mathew Bampton, Professor of Geography; Samantha Langley-Turnbaugh, Associate Provost for Graduate Studies and Research, Scholarship, and Creative Activity, and Lynn Kuzma, Interim Director of the Metropolitan University Initiative, University of Southern Maine.
The Envisioning Change project brings together university programs with community partners to seek new and collaborative ways to raise awareness about sea level change and its impact on the Maine environment.
A special thanks to the following partners for providing valuable input and support:
Molly Holmberg Brown of MollyMaps
Curtis Bohlen of the Casco Bay Estuary Partnership
Marina Schauffler of the Gulf of Maine King Tides Project
Anne Schlitt of the Maine Humanities Council