In a Time of Change

ITOC: Boreal Forest Stories

The Alaska-based arts-humanities-science collaborative program In a Time of Change (ITOC) premieres its sixth major project, entitled Boreal Forest Stories, at Arctic Fest in September, 2022, in Fairbanks, Alaska. For a period of more than 1.5 years, over 44 artists, writers, environmental educators, humanities scholars, and arts organizations interacted with scientists to exchange knowledge, ideas, paradigms, and perspectives on the boreal forest and on storytelling and narrative across the disciplines. Participants then produced original works that communicate narratives rooted in the boreal forest, including its ecology, its inhabitants, and their interactions. Their creative works appear in the Boreal Forest Stories multimedia gallery exhibit, literary reading, live performances, booklet, website, and a forthcoming book.

Boreal Forest Stories Events at Arctic Fest:

  • Exhibit opening reception, Sept. 2, 4-6 p.m. The Bear Gallery, 3rd Floor Centennial Center for the Arts, Pioneer Park.
  • Exhibit: Sept. 2-30, 2022, The Bear Gallery, 3rd Floor Centennial Center for the Arts, Pioneer Park. Gallery Hours: Mon-Sat 12-6 p.m.
  • Arctic Fest Puppet Parade, Sept. 2, 2-2:30 p.m., co-hosted by The Folk School, Pioneer Park.
  • Outdoor Mindful Movement Workshops, Sept. 2, 10-11:30 am, 12-1:30 pm, co-hosted by OneTree Alaska, UAF Ski Hut.
  • Literary reading: Sept. 3, 1-2:15 p.m., Centennial Center Theater, Pioneer Park.
  • Live performance: Sept. 3, 7:30-9:00 p.m., Centennial Center Theater, Pioneer Park.

ITOC: Boreal Forest Stories was directed by UAF professor Mary Beth Leigh. Artists Margo Klass, Ree Nancarrow, and Susan Campbell curated the visual art exhibit and Jennifer Moss contributed graphic and web design. Writers Carolyn Kremers and Daryl Farmer led the writers’ cohort and musician Susan Grace directed the live performance. Geographer Elizabeth Alexander provided organizational assistance and artist Klara Maisch coordinated social media outreach. Lissy Goralnik (Michigan State University) performed research and evaluation of the collaborative process and its impacts. Boreal Forest Stories was funded by the National Science Foundation through the Bonanza Creek Long Term Ecological Research Program with additional support from the UAF Institute of Arctic Biology and other sponsors.

In a Time of Change: Boreal Forest Stories

Upcoming Events

Premier ExhibitionSeptember 2-30, 2022

Bear Gallery, Alaska Centennial Center for the Arts
Fairbanks, Alaska in coordination with ARCTIC FEST

Join us for the Opening Reception 4-6 pm • September 2, 2022

Please stay tuned for more details.