String Survey @Northern Spark

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Background Stories design collective members Jack Becker ’76, Nichole Goodwell, Randy Walker and MASD Faculty Arlene Birt (’03), are exploring the current climate crisis through a community outreach project during this June’s Northern Spark event.

String Survey invites participants to answer a series of questions about our current climate crisis and witness how their personal stance on the issue compares or contrasts with others’. Background Stories will create a fun, engaging, and interactive walk-through environment that grows throughout the night into an artistic visualization of participants’ collective thoughts and opinions on climate.

String Survey will take place during Northern Spark, a free, city-wide, all-night art festival exploring the effects of climate change through participatory projects happening in neighborhoods along Metro Transit’s Green Line.

Learn more about Northern Spark

Cindy Gilbert / Director

Cindy Gilbert is the founding director of MCAD’s Sustainable Design program which is home to the fully online, multidisciplinary MA in Sustainable Design (MASD) that is the first of its kind in the world. In this role, she fosters a culture of awareness and creativity through sustainable, innovative and collaborative design. The MASD program blends theory, practice and leadership into a holistic, hands-on learning experience that culminates in student-driven thesis work that brings novel, sustainability-focused products and services to fruition.

Cindy has taught numerous courses and workshops, around the world and online, in the fields of biology, sustainability and biomimicry. She is founder of Alula Consulting which specializes in innovative online and sustainability education projects for educational institutions, non-profits, and corporations. Most recently, she served for nearly four years as the founding director of university education at the Biomimicry Institute where she developed and managed all higher education programs, including the professional certification program, annual education summits, affiliate and fellows programs, and design challenges. Cindy is based in Montana.