“That was my first job the place I actually received my toes moist with environmental work. I labored on logging the ocean turtle nesting knowledge and public excursions of the ability, amongst different duties. It actually taught me about our distinctive biodiversity and the significance of our relationship to the atmosphere,” Alexander says.
A lot of her profession has been in leveraging analysis insights to construct methods, together with affect assessments for the Knight Basis. That, coupled along with her environmental work, made her the right candidate to move up AIRIE (Artists in Residence in Everglades).
AIRIE’s mission, since its 2001 founding in partnership with Everglades Nationwide Park, has been “to empower artists to suppose creatively and critically about their relationship to the atmosphere with a mission of showing new paths ahead.”
“I used to be actually considering engaged on groups that gave perception into complexity. I moved right down to Miami, and the monetary disaster hit, so I moved to Brazil for 2 years,” Alexander explains. Whereas there, she took an incredible street journey alongside the Brazilian coast, stopping alongside the best way to discover unimaginable pure landscapes. “It was a really unforgettable expertise,” she provides.
Transferring again to Miami was at all times a dream, so in 2010, she and her husband settled in Coconut Grove. They now have two kids, and Alexander says, “Having youngsters actually reconnected me to spending time in nature. After working in an workplace atmosphere for therefore lengthy, I began spending time at Greynolds Park in North Miami Seaside doing a “mommy & me” kind of sophistication.”
Pondering again to Greynolds Park, she says, “We spent a number of time exploring nature with our toddlers. This was a giant a part of my life about six years in the past when my oldest was younger.”
Earlier than AIRIE, she labored at ADT Safety Techniques, the place she led market intelligence and strategic planning efforts. That ultimately led to her job on the Knight Basis, the place she led analysis on key difficulty areas and studied the affect of Knight’s massive grant initiatives.
Through the pandemic, she as soon as once more hung out reconnecting with South Florida’s pure habitats, kayaking along with her household, exploring Virginia Key, and birding within the Everglades and with the Audubon Society.
“If I may wave a magic wand in South Florida and make one thing occur, it will be that everybody would worth, take pleasure in and defend our fragile atmosphere. That may be a huge a part of what AIRIE is doing — making area for artists to unearth new tales that join our communities to the land. And that’s attracting nationwide consideration.
“PBS Information Hour just lately showcased AIRIE’s work within the Everglades. Our artistic director and native visible artist Cornelius Tulloch shared about his residency expertise. He might be curating an exhibit in our Nest Gallery area on the finish of 2022. We have now an incredible staff and unimaginable assist from Everglades Nationwide Park,” she says.
“AIRIE’s current cohort of artists is emphasizing lesser-known tales of numerous communities and pure areas in Florida. Artists have been taking a look at intersections between id, environmental justice, and land as they discover methods to make the outside a spot of better belonging. Our subsequent resident artist Germane Barnes is in a three-year residency with AIRIE as a Wege Invitational fellow, and we’re exploring extra partnerships with museums for subsequent 12 months,” Alexander says.
Her final objective at AIRIE is to create extra alternatives for artists to tell and have interaction the general public. AIRIE is exploring methods to increase the variety of residencies they provide and the way they will associate with communities and different teams to make a bigger affect in South Florida.
Alexander says the main target is on “making artwork that engages the general public and the pure atmosphere. Artwork has a method of showcasing the scientific atmosphere.”
At AIRIE, in addition they wish to drive the dialogue ahead via collaborations, notably throughout their Artwork and Surroundings Summit at Artwork Basel, the place they are going to be convening main artists in addition to environmental and cultural organizations, together with nationwide gamers.
“We’re additionally in search of extra methods to carry the Everglades into the humanities neighborhood, in addition to bringing communities to the Everglades. We wish to leverage expertise to increase these audiences and create new connections,” she says.
Exterior her work at AIRIE, Alexander is also concerned with the Moraes Basis, a nonprofit environmental analysis group in Miami, and he or she is a part of the Miami Circle of the Nature Conservancy.
Study extra about Evette Alexander and AIRIE by visiting airie.org.
– Josie Gulliksen, ArtburstMiami.com