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Citizen Artist employs alternative research methodologies such as art-based research methods. In this biodiversity inventory, the form of representation used is drawing. The data being collected from each plant in the study are shadow drawings; as the shadow moves across the page, the shadow drawing captures the earth’s movement, freezing it in time and space, communicating the relationship between sun, earth, plant, and the research investigator through patterns, creating a visual narrative. 

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

Citizen Artist Goals

-Get citizens 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 crowdsourced 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 January 2021. !!!!

NEW TRAINING - for Citizen Artist collaborators. This training is for those interested in learning the methods and skills needed to engage in crowdsourced 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 January 2021. 
Training facilitated by Dr. Lee Ann Woolery, Research Director at 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, the training may be in-person or virtual.) 

NEW COURSE - "Art-Based Research Methods" a hands-on course for research practitioners, students and/or participants interested in alternative methods for crowdsourced science. Learn alternative research methods applicable to creating solutions to our current environmental and social justice issues. This class 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 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.