April 20th

Interdisciplinary Innovation:
Arts, Environment, & Sustainability

Art, like innovation, creates connections and transcends disciplinary boundaries. Our student artists showcase inventive approaches to imagining and communicating human relationships with the environment.

Join us on our Jamboard to create a collaborative poem together! Respond to the prompts with a one-liner of your own by 5 p.m. on April 20, and we will weave responses into a unified poem that will be featured at the Emerging Writers Series event at 7:00 p.m. (CDT). Then, tour our Arts, Environment, and Sustainability Visual Art Exhibit and vote for your favorites! 

View our full list of events below – all times are in CDT. Can’t make it to every event or in a different time zone? Click on the scheduled event to view the archived video or watch any of our on-demand offerings to join in anytime, anywhere!

Innovation in Creation

8:30 AM
Innovation Happens Here Welcome

David Spalding, Raisbeck Endowed Dean for the Ivy College of Business

Welcome to Ignite Innovation Showcase Day 5 - Interdisciplinary Innovation: Arts, Environment & Sustainability! Join Dean Spalding as he gives an overview of the day and provides some insight into the innovation taking place at Iowa State University.

8:45 AM
Innovating Ecosystems for Creativity and Sustainability

Dr. Charissa Menefee, Professor of Creative Writing, Literature, and Performance Studies

Join Charissa Menefee as she discusses interdisciplinary collaboration, community engagement and outreach, environmental stewardship, and the artistic sparks that fly when graduates, undergraduates, and faculty members innovate together.

Co-Writing the New World: A Communal Poem

Join us on our Jamboard to create a collaborative poem together! Respond to the prompts with a one-liner of your own by 5 p.m. on April 20. Our team will weave responses into a unified poem that will be featured at the Emerging Writers Series event tonight at 7:00 p.m. (CDT)! The poem will also be featured during KHOI’s Earth Day celebration this week.

9:00 AM
Casey Nature Reserve Virtual Art Walk

Did you know that the MFA Program in Creative Writing & Environment stewards a 76-acre wilderness tract in Boone County? Join us for a virtual tour of the Casey Nature Reserve, accompanied by readings of poems by students in the MFA Program.

9:30 AM
Create with Us! Part One

Do you love to be inspired and create something new? This is your time to shine! Create with us when you join this interactive session of writing prompts and creative activities led by writers, performers, and visual artists.

10:00 AM
FLYWAY Editors Feature

FLYWAY: JOURNAL OF WRITING & ENVIRONMENT is an online national literary journal managed by students in the MFA Program in Creative Writing & Environment. Join us to gain insights into the editing and content of FLYWAY, which publishes written and visual art that explores all facets of the environmental imagination.

10:30 AM
Arts, Environment, & Sustainability Visual Art Exhibit

Virtually tour an exhibit of visual art, created by talented Iowa State undergraduate and graduate students, that explores the natural world and human relationships with the environment. Once you’ve seen it all, vote for your favorite! The piece with the most votes will be the winner of the People’s Choice Award.

11:00 AM
Climate Change Theatre Action on Campus

Attend this live presentation with the producers of ISU's contribution to the international Climate Change Theatre Action project. Join the discussion and learn how to get involved in the fall of 2021!

12:00 PM
Casey Nature Reserve Virtual Art Walk

Did you know that the MFA Program in Creative Writing & Environment stewards a 76-acre wilderness tract in Boone County? Join us for a virtual tour of the Casey Nature Reserve, accompanied by readings of poems by students in the MFA Program.

12:30 PM
The EcoTheatre Lab and FLYWAY Present: New Eco-Plays

The EcoTheatre Lab and FLYWAY: JOURNAL OF WRITING & ENVIRONMENT present rehearsed readings of short eco-plays that have been selected for publication in Iowa State University’s national literary journal.

1:30 PM
Create with Us! Part Two

Do you love to be inspired and create something new? This is your time to shine! Create with us when you join this interactive session of writing prompts and creative activities led by writers, performers, and visual artists.

2:00 PM
Climate Stories

Join this session to hear and see winning submissions from the Midwest Climate Summit's Climate Stories Contest, a multimedia art competition for undergraduate and graduate students featuring visual arts, film/photography, written word, and performing arts.

2:30 PM
FLYWAY Editors Feature

FLYWAY: JOURNAL OF WRITING & ENVIRONMENT is an online national literary journal managed by students in the MFA Program in Creative Writing & Environment. Join us to gain insights into the editing and content of FLYWAY, which publishes written and visual art that explores all facets of the environmental imagination.

3:00 PM
Create with Us! Part Three

Do you love to be inspired and create something new? This is your time to shine! Create with us when you join this interactive session of writing prompts and creative activities led by writers, performers, and visual artists.

3:30 PM
The EcoTheatre Lab and FLYWAY Present: New Eco-Plays

The EcoTheatre Lab and FLYWAY: JOURNAL OF WRITING & ENVIRONMENT present rehearsed readings of short eco-plays that have been selected for publication in Iowa State University’s national literary journal.

4:30 PM
Ames Youth: Arts and Environmental Communication

Ames youth are calling us to action! Join this session to see brand new environmental artwork by Ames middle and high school students.

7:00 PM
MFA Program in Creative Writing & Environment's Emerging Writers Series

Live reading with MFA graduate students, featuring a performance of the Ignite Innovation Showcase's collaborative poetry project. Submit your contribution on the Interdisciplinary Innovation: Arts, Environment, & Sustainability webpage!

8:00 PM
The EcoTheatre Lab and FLYWAY Present: New Eco-Plays

The EcoTheatre Lab and FLYWAY: JOURNAL OF WRITING & ENVIRONMENT present rehearsed readings of short eco-plays that have been selected for publication in Iowa State University’s national literary journal.