Ecology of Creative Space

Gathering Inspiration from the Natural World

What can an Aspen grove teach us about communication? What can we learn from a flock of geese about collaboration? Or from a mushroom about transformation? Oregon is experiencing a shift in the landscape of creative spaces in our communities. Population changes, (dis)investment, public policy or the lack of it, and climate change have all had a hand in opening, closing, and changing places that are important to us culturally and creatively. The natural world—of which we are a part—is constantly changing and evolving and has much to teach us about living in these times. Join facilitator Maesie Speer for a conversation that asks, Can we find inspiration from our natural surroundings to imagine new ways to build creative spaces? This conversation will include some hands-on activities.



Maesie Speer | Sisters

Maesie Speer was born and raised in Memphis, Tennessee, and is passionate about building inclusive and nurturing creative spaces. She is the programs manager at the Caldera Arts Center outside Sisters, where she lives, works, and explores. Prior to moving to Central Oregon, Maesie lived in Portland, where she administered arts and culture initiatives and scholarship programs for the Oregon Community Foundation and worked as a health education consultant. A lifelong theater-maker, Maesie is a past company member of Hand2Mouth with whom she created and toured for ten years. She has also performed with Theatre de la Jeune Lune, Sojourn Theatre, Actors Theatre of Louisville, and Artists Repertory Theatre, among others. She volunteers as a board member for the Central Oregon Arts and Culture Alliance and as a program committee member for ScaleHouse in Bend.

Program Themes

Art and Music , Environment , Place

Equipment Needs

digital projector