Our Future Exists Because We Have Imagined It  was an exhibition and series of  workshops  that engaged the larger community of students, faculty, and staff at  Cornell College  in Mount Vernon, Iowa. These workshops and exhibition became the foundation for an ongoing collaborative project with faculty members in English, Biology, and Fine Art, an initiative that seeks to transform Cornell College into a bee-friendly campus. The project focused on art as a form of collective “sustainable envisioning,” which enabled members of the community to transform Cornell College campus into a refuge for endangered pollinators.  The project was initiated in October of 2015, with an exhibition of the artist's work, documentation of workshops, and student photography and envisioning drawings. The project has since gone on to inspire students to advocate for and  receive funding  to start a campus apiary, and has gained approval by the president of Cornell College to bring honeybees onto the college's campus. In addition, Professor Mouton has continued to advocate for both Cornell College and Mount Vernon to be officially designated "bee-friendly" sites through  Bee City USA  certification.
       
     
  Photo by Brianna Mullan
       
     
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Seedbomb workshop.
       
     
Seedbomb workshop.
       
     
Seedbomb workshop.
       
     
  Photo by Cody Bankson
       
     
Student photo exhibition.
       
     
Exhibition of student drawings with installation of hives.
       
     
Bees being installed on campus.
       
     
  Our Future Exists Because We Have Imagined It  was an exhibition and series of  workshops  that engaged the larger community of students, faculty, and staff at  Cornell College  in Mount Vernon, Iowa. These workshops and exhibition became the foundation for an ongoing collaborative project with faculty members in English, Biology, and Fine Art, an initiative that seeks to transform Cornell College into a bee-friendly campus. The project focused on art as a form of collective “sustainable envisioning,” which enabled members of the community to transform Cornell College campus into a refuge for endangered pollinators.  The project was initiated in October of 2015, with an exhibition of the artist's work, documentation of workshops, and student photography and envisioning drawings. The project has since gone on to inspire students to advocate for and  receive funding  to start a campus apiary, and has gained approval by the president of Cornell College to bring honeybees onto the college's campus. In addition, Professor Mouton has continued to advocate for both Cornell College and Mount Vernon to be officially designated "bee-friendly" sites through  Bee City USA  certification.
       
     

Our Future Exists Because We Have Imagined It was an exhibition and series of workshops that engaged the larger community of students, faculty, and staff at Cornell College in Mount Vernon, Iowa. These workshops and exhibition became the foundation for an ongoing collaborative project with faculty members in English, Biology, and Fine Art, an initiative that seeks to transform Cornell College into a bee-friendly campus. The project focused on art as a form of collective “sustainable envisioning,” which enabled members of the community to transform Cornell College campus into a refuge for endangered pollinators.

The project was initiated in October of 2015, with an exhibition of the artist's work, documentation of workshops, and student photography and envisioning drawings. The project has since gone on to inspire students to advocate for and receive funding to start a campus apiary, and has gained approval by the president of Cornell College to bring honeybees onto the college's campus. In addition, Professor Mouton has continued to advocate for both Cornell College and Mount Vernon to be officially designated "bee-friendly" sites through Bee City USA certification.

  Photo by Brianna Mullan
       
     

Photo by Brianna Mullan

Cornell_College_envisioning.jpg
       
     
Seedbomb workshop.
       
     
Seedbomb workshop.

Photo by Liz Martin/The Gazette

Seedbomb workshop.
       
     
Seedbomb workshop.

Photo by Liz Martin/The Gazette

Seedbomb workshop.
       
     
Seedbomb workshop.

Photo by Liz Martin/The Gazette

  Photo by Cody Bankson
       
     

Photo by Cody Bankson

Student photo exhibition.
       
     
Student photo exhibition.

Photo by Sandy Dyas

Exhibition of student drawings with installation of hives.
       
     
Exhibition of student drawings with installation of hives.
Bees being installed on campus.
       
     
Bees being installed on campus.

Photo by April Richards.