The Innovator in Residence program aims to embed creative professionals from a range of fields deeply into the Colorado College community. The Residency allows for teaching opportunities and collaborations - both structured and spontaneous - and will help students to make connections between diverse, cultures, ideas, and creative problem-solving strategies through formal and informal learning opportunities. Although the Innovators in Residence represent a variety of fields, they share characteristics of flexibility, curiosity, and the desire to work across disciplines.
Here are some of our previous Innovators in Residence
Ramon Gabrieloff-Parish '00: Bringing the Body Into Mindfulness Practice
Ramon Gabrieloff-Parish, MA '00 is a family man deep in the mysteries and magic of marriage and fatherhood. An instructor in Interdisciplinary Studies at Naropa University he teaches core courses in diversity and social identity, contemplative practice, community engagement and environmental justice. Ramon is a dedicated student of Melissa Michaels and a leader in the Surfing the Creative International Youth Leadership Camp, a movement-based rites of passage experience. He also serves on the stewardship Council of Youth Passageway which seeks to unite local and international rites of passage practitioners, wilderness guides and youth mentors to integrate services, create a clearing house for best practices, and help awaken mainstream educators to the elemental language of ritual.
During their residency, Ramon and Michelle gave a public lecture entitled "One Eye In, One Eye Out", conducted a workshop in the course Theatre/Dance course "The Body in Motion", visited the Anthropology class "The Language of Racism", and collaborated with the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center at Colorado College to host a workshop for students.
Jon Cohrs (Blocks 1-4, 2020)
Jon Cohrs is a multi-media artist whose work uses public engagement, collaboration, and site-specific explorations to address issues around healthcare, the environment and technology. His most recent project, ocumentary film about the anthropocene. He is currently working on a project that explores the impact of climate change on homeless or vulnerable populations, and hopes to involve CC faculty and students in this topic. Jon is available to visit classes, screen his film, and work with faculty to develop assignments. http://joncohrs.com/press.html
Reiko Yamada (Blocks 3 & 4 2020; 5 - 8, 2021)
Composer and sound artist Reiko Yamada's practice includes chamber, orchestral and electroacoustic music, sound art installations, and interdisciplinary collaborations. She is particularly interested in collaborations that use sound to provide alternative ways of accessing and understandings of the natural world. She offers workshops and activities that help students access their creative resources to reframe their disciplinary knowledge within new and surprising contexts. She also provides mentorship for students as they move through the stages of project development. https://www.reikoyamada.com/
Sister Sylvester (Kathryn Hamilton)
Sister Sylvester makes work, often essayistic performances, using first-hand research and found documents, inviting disruption into both the performance and the process, and looking for dissonance and difficulty in text, image and sound. She works with animals and technology to make cross species collaborations and cyborg theater. Her first work was about a person who was part cardboard box. Sister loves classic texts from theatre's underbelly, and her patron saints are Jean Genet, Bertolt Brecht and Joan Littlewood. She is available for presentations, class visits, and collaborating on projects that investigate interdisciplinary research and creative practices. https://sistersylvester.org/
Erin Elder (Blocks 3 & 4 2020; 5 - 8, 2021)
Erin Elder is a multidisciplinary creative practitioner guided by interests in land use, experimental collaboration, and non-traditional modes of expression. Her research-driven projects take highly participatory forms to bring audiences into a direct experience of particular places. Her current ongoing project, The Rites of Land is a research framework for creatively exploring distinct places that prioritizes subjective personal encounters with what is foreign or unknown but seeks to relate the complexities surrounding those sites. Erin offers workshops that help students access creative resources and engage in place-based creative explorations. https://www.erinelder.com/about
Myra Jackson (Blocks 5 & 6, 2021)
Myra Jackson has enjoyed careers as an Electrical Engineer, Organizational Development Professional, Systems Thinker and Master Trainer. She has studied many of the world's religious and spiritual traditions in service to her lifelong fascination with the belief structures and cosmologies that captivate people and inform their lives. Linking local and global policy-making, she is a founding wisdom council member of the Gaiafield Project and Subtle Activism Network, and a Senior Advisor with the Geoversiv Foundation. In her role as UN Permanent Representative she serves as the focal point on climate change for the Commons Cluster of NGOs. Myra offers workshops and activities addressing cultivating creative practice within personal and academic contexts, the connection between mindfulness and social and environmental action, and holding conversations across difference.
View the full Innovators in Residence web page here: https://www.coloradocollege.edu/offices/creativity-innovation/innovators-in-residence/