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Supporting artists, researchers, and community-based initiatives that connect people to environmental solutions.

Past Fellows


Heather Falconer is the founder of Hatchers’, a container for stories about the jubilant but sometimes painful act of expression, and everything that goes along with it.  These stories are about the difficult, yet rewarding journey of being a creator. Hatchers’ mission is to hold space, to educate and inspire each other and future generations, encourage collaboration and build community.


Kwame Opoku-Duku is a Ghanaian-American poet and fiction writer. His work is featured or forthcoming in The Virginia Quarterly Review, The Kenyon Review, BOMB, The Literary Review, Bettering American Poetry, The Massachusetts Review, and other journals. Kwame lives in New York City, where he is a teaching artist and an Impact Artist Resident, and along with the poet Karisma Price, he is a founding member of the Unbnd Collective.


Sound Mind Collective is an organization based in Brooklyn, NY founded in the Spring of 2017 by Katherine Powell (KP Artist Management), Chris St. Hilaire (musician, London Souls, Sinkane) and Nikhil P. Yerawadekar (musician, Nikhil P. Yerawadekar & Low Mentality). Our aim is to connect independent musicians and artists with our local communities to encourage meaningful positive growth through education, social justice advocacy and creativity. 


SMC also provides resources for independent artists to help foster a socially conscious and self-sustaining creative community in the face of an increasingly corporate music industry.


Justin D. Johnson is a self-taught, contemporary, and multi-disciplinary American visual artist from Atlanta whose goal is to shine light on themes of ancestry, the human connection to nature, dichotomies of beauty, and humanity. His work extends from mixed-media, painting, and photography to film and sculpture; that explore topics ranging from history, science, mythology, and spirituality. His theological mythologies and ideologies are demonstrated through the body of work in forms of found materials, utilizing certain pieces from his past and traditional African works/sculptures. 


Jill Kubit is the director and co-founder of DearTomorrow, which she started when her son Gabriel was 18 months old and has been working to build it ever since. After spending a decade working with the U.S. labor movement on climate change, she has become fascinated with how to best engage people on the complex issue of climate change. She has a Master in Public Administration from the Harvard Kennedy School and a B.A. from Northwestern. 

Aurash Khawarzad: Aurash Khawarzad is an Artist, Educator, and Urban Planner. His work emphasizes the combination of creative practice, scientific research, and multi-disciplinary collaboration, in the process of urban redevelopment. Most recently he created The Upper Manhatta(n) Project, a multi-disciplinary plan for climate change preparedness.  


Kelly Todd is a native of Houston, TX, where she began her training in classical ballet at Festival Ballet and contemporary dance at Metropolitan Dance Company. Continuing her education, she received a BFA in Modern Dance from Texas Christian University and a Double Minor in Biology and Environmental Science. Kelly has been awarded the LEIMAY Fellowship in Brooklyn, NY which provides fully subsidized rehearsal space along with a public New York Garden Showing for the creation of Under Review: Katahdin and Riding Red. 


Tarik Mohamed and Kristin Gutekunst are the co-founders of the Overview Collective is a vocational & educational program that uses immersive multimedia and offline community building to spur awareness and action – inspiring the Next Generation of the future economic workforce to seek green careers.


Tarik is an award-winning Immersive Media Specialist and founder of Captivision with an entrepreneurial mindset, a passion for innovation and a drive to solve complex creative problems through strategic planning and leadership. He works directly with tourism boards, travel & cultural organizations, and brands to create spell-binding virtual and augmented reality experiences that inspire the right audience at the right time. Along with producing engaging VR & AR experiences for organizations such as Explore Brooklyn, UNICEF, USA Today VR, NowThis and Qatar Airways, he crafts effective marketing strategies incorporating innovative 360° digital Ad placements across the web and social media channels, as well as launching VR installations in high-trafficked areas and during special events.


Kristin is an expert in new media, brand, and partnerships with over 8 years of progressive experience working at the United Nations in campaigning for development, particularly through the combination of high-level advocacy strategies, grassroots mobilization, youth engagement, and innovative communications such as immersive and new media. Many of the projects she developed and launched have been streamlined, becoming standard for new media and communications at the UN as it has embraced the opportunity of the Sustainable Development Goals. 


Nate and Hila are a NYC-based duo that crosses hip-hop with philosophy, comedy and performance art to address ecological concerns in an urgent, hilarious and hopeful manner. Sir Kn8 (pronounced Sir Nate, aka Nathan Dufour Oglesby) is a writer, rapper and producer. Hila the Killa (aka Hila Perry) is a rapper, comedian and filmmaker. Their endeavor as Killin H8 is to make you think, laugh and gyrate your booty in harmonious simultaneity. 


Sara Boccaccini Meadows is a print designer and illustrator living in Brooklyn, NY. Originally from the rolling hills of the Peak District, England. She graduated from Leeds College of Art with a 1st class Hons in Textiles and Surface Pattern.


The Lovelies are a 4th generation compositional improvisation company working to uncover, establish and conclude the present through investigation, curiosity and discovery. Makers of dance and sound, sculptors of space and designers of time, the Lovelies push each other, question the possibilities, radically listen and generally help, hinder, intersect, bypass, support, infiltrate, destroy and create pieces in the moment.


Annalee Fisher (Chris Goodrich) is a theatrical director and drag queen living in Brooklyn, NY. Originally from Nashville, TN, Analee’s alter ego Chris went to the University of Miami for his BFA in musical theatre. In addition to directing theater and making visual art, Analee’s specialty is writing parody lyrics to classic songs and performing them live.


Madame Vivien V (Scott Dennis) is the larger than life goddess of New York City nightlife best known as the Resident Drag Queen of House of Yes. She produces and emcees events across the city, as well as produces and headlines at national festivals including Electric Forest and Bonnaroo where this year she performed with pop country sensation Kacey Musgraves. An award winning fire performer and alumni of the prestigious Commercial Theatre Institute; she’s appeared in The New York Times,, BrokeAssStuart, the viral Facebook TV show “Nowhere Men,” and is currently featured in Planned Parenthood's cross-platform campaign.


Sophie-O-Path (Nathaniel Harrington) is a NYC based drag queen. She does aerial performance art, as well as make music and occasionally costume commissions. She is never one to turn down a good time; this queen will turn out every performance, whether it be a benefit for reclaim pride or a competition.


SustainUS is a youth-led organization advancing justice and sustainability by empowering young people to engage in advocacy at the domestic and international levels. We mobilize as US youth at key political moments to push political leaders, multinational institutions, and other global actors to stand on the side of justice.


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