The Arts & Ecology Incubator

The Ringling Museum, Sarasota, Florida
Nov 21-24, 2019
Thu: 5:15pm-7:00pm, Fri & Sun: 10am-5pm, Sat: 10:30am-5pm
Fee: $250 / $225 museum members / $125 students
Leader: Chantal Bilodeau

The Arts & Ecology Incubator is open to artists, activists, scientists, and educators who want to engage or further their engagement with climate change through artistic practices. All disciplines are welcome and individuals from traditionally underrepresented populations and communities are encouraged to attend. The Incubator is an inclusive environment that supports diverse perspectives.

During this 3-day intensive, participants interact with accomplished guest speakers from the hard and social sciences, and with local artists who have in-depth knowledge of the Florida ecology. Conversations and work sessions allow everyone to dig deep into the challenges and concerns of working at the intersection of arts and a rapidly changing ecology, such as creating narratives that acknowledge inevitable losses but leave room for the possibility of a thriving and inclusive future.

See the preliminary schedule.

All sessions take place at The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art, 5401 Bay Shore Road, Sarasota, FL 34243. Limited to 20 participants. Availability is on a first come, first serve basis.

Full museum admission, from November 22-24, is included with the Incubator. Parking is free. Discount hotel rates available for out of town participants. For more information, visit the Ringling Museum website.

To see the program and guest speakers from previous Incubators, visit our 2019 Incubator - Alaska and Incubator - New York pages. For examples of work at the intersection of art and climate change, visit Artists & Climate Change, an initiative of The Arctic Cycle.



Guest Speakers

Additional guest speakers will be announced as they are confirmed.


Kevin Greene is the Assistant Director at the Ringling where he has been for over 16 years. During this time, he has managed several landscape projects associated with the construction of several new buildings on campus. He has also developed grounds-based tours and workshops along with co-writing a book focused on the Ringling’s gardens and grounds. Kevin has been in the ‘Green’ Industry for over 25 years. Before coming to the Ringling, he was a project manager of a local design/build landscape contracting company and a department manager at a local environmental services company responsible for landscape installations & maintenance; irrigation installations, maintenance, and troubleshooting; and sod renovations. Kevin has served on the Sarasota Tree Advisory Council for several years as both a member and as Chair.