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May 26, 2020 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Hosted online
Lindsay Archuleta

“The Effects of Climate Change and Place-Based Arts”

Tuesday, May 26, 2:00 – 3:00pm MDT // Hosted Online

Leah Mata Fragua

Leah Mata Fragua. Photo by Garret P. Vreeland.

Northern Chumash artist Leah Mata Fragua uses her award-winning art to explore the devastating effects of climate change on our environment. In this exclusive online event, Mata Fragua will discuss how a traditional Chumash dance dress she has created exclusively from natural materials native to the California coastal region is a visual, artistic representation of rising ocean levels and devastating wildfires.

Her art draws on generations of traditional Chumash knowledge of ecology, lapidary and feather work and fiber art techniques which combine in pieces that have been collected by institutions including the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County, the El Segundo Museum of Art, the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History, and the Smithsonian Institution’s David J. Spencer CDC Museum.

Mata Fragua created the dress while in residence at the School for Advanced Research, where she has been a 2020 Eric and Barbara Dobkin Native artist fellow since March 2020.


This event is part of the School for Advanced Research’s ongoing SAR Impacts series, which was designed to give SAR members personal access to the influential artists and scholars comprising the SAR community.

Through SAR Impacts, members get early access to SAR video interviews with some of the most influential Native American artists and scholars in anthropology and social sciences, and receive exclusive invitations to members-only events to meet these artists and scholars to learn more and interact with them directly.

This event is free to current SAR members. Registration is required.

Join SAR for just $50 annually and receive exclusive, members-only invitations to this and all future SAR Impacts events!  Join Today. 


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