***UPDATE 2/7/18: This event has been postponed due to weather. We do hope to reschedule. Stay tuned!***
Musical Performance & Ecological Design Talk
Wednesday, February 7, 6:00-8:30pm
A.P.E. Gallery, 126 Main Street, Northampton, MA
The City of Northampton is hosting a week-long event in the A.P.E. Gallery on Main Street celebrating the completion of its green housing competition titled, “Just Big Enough: Green Housing for All.” The city invited the Conway School to hold an event during this week on Wednesday, February 7. We thank Wayne Feiden, Northampton Director of Planning & Sustainability, for this invitation.
The event includes a musical performance by National Park Service artist-in-residence Ben Cosgrove from 6:00-7:00, followed by a talk by Conway School alum and ecological landscape designer Theresa Sprague from 7:00-8:30.
Ben Cosgrove is the NPS Artist-in-Residence for the New England Trail. As a traveling composer-performer, he explores explores themes of landscape, place, and environment in North America (video). Ben has performed in 48 states and held artist residencies and fellowships with institutions including the National Park Service, the National Forest Service, Harvard University, Middlebury College, the Schmidt Ocean Institute, and the Sitka Center for Art & Ecology. His nonfiction has appeared in Orion, Taproot, Northern Woodlands, Appalachia, and other publications. He is based around New England.
Following the performance, Theresa Sprague ’08—Conway School alum and owner of BlueFlax Design, LLC—will give a talk on ecological landscape design. Theresa’s practice merges science with the fine art of landscape design to create beautiful, ecologically sound, and sustainable landscapes, restoring ecological function and integrity to the built environment while thoughtfully creating habitat that supports the needs of both people and wildlife. Her specialties include ecological restoration, design with native species and native plant communities, invasive plant management, and coastal landscapes. She is the President of the Ecological Landscape Alliance and a Board Member of the Conway School.