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Citizen Artist employs alternative art-based research methodologies such as Art-Based Perceptual Ecology (ABPE) in collaboration with western science methods. In this biodiversity inventory employing ABPE, the form of representation used is drawing - the drawings are the research data. The shadow drawings are the data being collected from each plant in the study area; the shadow drawing captures the earth’s movement, freezing it in time and space on the page, communicating the relationship between sun, earth, plant, and the research investigator through patterns, creating a visual narrative, a story of life unfolding. 

Citizen Artist, a new participatory science research opportunity employing art-based research methods and offering a mobile technology platform, empowers citizens who might not otherwise participate in community/participatory science research to get involved, with the potential of positively transforming our current environmental problems.

Citizen Artist Goals

-Get citizens (citizens of the earth) outside and involved in science research with a focus on environmental issues. 

-Inspire new audiences. Provide a participatory and accessible platform for underrepresented groups who would not otherwise participate in science.

We at Citizen Artist believe in inclusivity and that the advancement of science to the exclusion of alternative perspectives may leave out an entire population of co-creative collaborators.  We believe, as artist and activist Joseph Beuys expressed, “All citizens have the potential to creatively transform society.”  

COMING February 2021. !!!!

NEW TRAINING - for Citizen Artist collaborators. This training is for those individuals or community leaders interested in learning the methods and skills needed to engage in participatory/community science using the new Citizen Artist methodologies and technology platform. Participants will engage in an actual field-based research project in collaboration with research scientists conducting a biodiversity inventory.* This is a great way to be at the forefront of this new alternative research method, learning and collaborating with scientists and non-scientists to engage in creative solution finding for our most pressing environmental issues. Start date February 2021. 
Training facilitated by Dr. Lee Ann Woolery, Research Director at Citizen Artist and EcoArt Expeditions. 
If you are interested in participating in the training, please send your questions and contact information to this link: Contact and we will respond promptly. Subject line: Citizen Artist Training. 
Dr. Woolery will conduct the first training in the Sonoran Desert. However, if you are in another location we can bring the training to you and focus on your local habitat. Please let us know of your interest. ​*(Depending on the state of covid-19 at the time of the first training, will determine whether the training will be virtual or in-person or a hybrid course.) Stay tuned. 

NEW COURSE - "Art-Based Research Methods" a hands-on course for research practitioners, students and/or collaborators interested in alternative methods for participatory science. Learn alternative research methods applicable to creating solutions to our current environmental and social justice issues. This hybrid class format will include both synchronous and asynchronous learning platforms and students will receive one-on-one mentoring, thus you can engage in the work at your own pace and apply the learning to your local community issues. Start date February 2021.

Course taught by Dr. Lee Ann Woolery, Research Director at Citizen Artist and EcoArt Expeditions.

If you are interested in joining this class, please send your questions and contact information to this link: Contact and we will respond promptly. Subject line: New Course: Art-Based Research Methods.

Here are comments from students who completed a recent Art-Based Research Methods (ABR) course which I taught on-line for Prescott College. 

"Dr. Woolery is so incredibly knowledgeable in this topic. Not only is her own experience and research vast but she has a great ability to zero in on the interests of her students and to make rich connections for us to ABR scholars and methods. She is incredibly generous with her time and my zoom sessions with her were very helpful and inspiring."

" She has first-hand knowledge of the subject and is a current practitioner. That went a long way towards her credibility for me, and also her authority on the subject." 

"I have never had a professor so dedicated to both her work and the audience who received it. I believe she has been one of the most helpful professors I have ever had. She challenges you and guides you in those challenges, making it the most thrilling journey of growth I have had in my education career. "