Creative Cultural Evolutionist | Environmental Educator

Resume posted by Bbutterfield1 in Arts and Culture.
Desired salary: $60,000.00
Desired position type: Any
Location: Hartford Vermont, United States

blair@artofculturalevolution.org
Tel:
7863161796
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Summary

Creative Cultural Evolutionist | Environmental Educator | Ethical Brand Developer | Fine Art & Photography

Highly skilled and passionate Creative Cultural Evolutionist with a diverse background in photography, fine art, and design from Central Saint Martins, London, UK. Dedicated to environmental education and fostering regenerative culture, I have engaged in impactful projects with NGOs, innovative companies, arts and environmental non-profits, and ethical start-ups. My expertise includes social media management, brand development, grant writing, and program creation. With a strong commitment to sustainability, I have managed organic farms, led educational initiatives, and co-founded an environmental arts non-profit. Adept at engaging diverse communities and fostering a love for nature, I bring a unique blend of artistic vision and ecological awareness to create a positive impact on the world.

Education

EDUCATION

2019 MFA Regenerative Culture in the Americas University of Hartford 2002-04 Central Saint Martins School of Art and Design London, UK
BA Fine Art with Honors
2001-2002 The San Francisco Art Institute San Francisco, CA

Photography
1996-2001 Douglas Anderson School of the Arts Jacksonville, FL
High School Diploma with Golden Arts seal
2017 Renewal at Sunbridge Institute NY (Waldorf Teacher Training)
2016 Renewal at Center for Anthroposophy NH (Waldorf Teacher Training) 2015 Renewal at Michael Institute Portland OR (Waldorf Teacher Training)

Experience

August 2019-present Communications Director for Camino Verde, Madre de Dios, Peru www.caminoverde.org Camino Verde is an NGO that works to restore the Peruvian Amazon Rainforest while uplifting native communities. Social media manager, social media strategy, donor relations, Grant Writer, Treasurer, In-House Accounting, Systems Creation and new program development.

Founder, Farmer, Alchemist and Brand Developer for plantLust Botanicals www.plantlustboanicals.com Through years of working with non-profits to address climate change and create a just and equitable future, I decided in September of 2021 to found a business that utilized non-timber forest products from NGOs to create healthy body care products. Growing some of the ingredients myself in Vermont and sourcing others from ethical and regenerative agricultural projects. plantLust Botanicals tells a story of how our health and the planet’s are intrinsically linked. “plantLust Botanicals creates ethical, regenerative, and potent plant-based products that promote health and well-being while supporting the work being done to restore our planet. “

2019-2021 Brand Development for Soli Essentials + Pacha Soap Co www.soliessentials.com Developing a new regenerative essential oil brand for Pacha Soap Co. called Soli Essentials. It was launched by WholeFoods Market and was carried in all 500 of their stores. I conducted ethnographies for each oil by tracing the ingredient from seed to bottle. This included field visits and interviewing farmers for over 40 different ingredients from all over the world. After this, I created a brand narrative related to transparent supply chains and worked closely with Bext360 to refine utilizing blockchain technology to trace each ingredient from the farmer to the US. As the brand launched, I led social media, photography, writing digital branding, and product print copy. I wrote all ads and collaborated with Pacha Soap’s digital marketing team. I provided in-depth research on essential oils and their clinical studies and created consumer-facing educational content. I collaborated with Pacha Soap’s Product Innovation Specialist to create in-store and virtual engagement with the Soli brand products.

June-August 2018 Artist in Residence Proyecto ACE, Buenos Aires, Argentina Working in Buenos Aires developing a public art project about memory, living archives and the stewardship of the Rio de la Plata. #Quieneselriodelaplata

August 2017-June 2018 Artist in Residence Miami-Dade Public Library, ProjectArt artist Teaching three art classes a week during the school year to children ages 5-17 at the Homestead Miami branch library. Re-envisioning the library as a public space and engaging with the library population through creative place-making and social engagement.

August 2014-2020 Moon and Stars Farm, Organic Farm Manager, Educator and CSA Manager Managing an organic farm of herbs, aromatics, heirloom vegetables, tropical fruits, honey, poultry, and eggs. Curating and growing a 19-week community-supported agriculture program called the Colony1 Fair Share CSA. Developing educational programming for regenerative culture. Hosting and leading school groups from 1st grade to College in farming, deep listening, and nature appreciation.

June 2015-June 2018 Sunrise School of Miami, Garden and Waldorf Main Lesson Teacher I was a Main Lesson teacher taking my class from 1st grade up to 4th grade at this small Waldorf school in Maimi. My first role was teaching the middle school gardening classes and engaging students in ideas related to permaculture, regenerative farming, and a love of nature. The garden program grew into a program that integrated into each classroom, from providing products for an after- school market, a family CSA, in-classroom cooking, and business math to calculate profits and losses. My time as a class teacher was enriched with training from Sunbridge, Michael Institute, and the Center for Anthroposophy. I also wrote grants for the school and secured funding for the gardening program at its beginning.

June 2010-2020 The Art of Cultural Evolution, Founder, Director, Grant and Program Writer Directing an environmental arts non-profit that birthed dynamic educational programming, events, and fundraising activities. The organization is responsible for building South Florida’s first sustainability center Colony1 in Wynwood, Miami. The project was supported by a Miami-Dade County land grant, Pollination Grant, a K880 and Knight Foundation Seed fund, State of Florida Cultural Facilities Grant, and the local Miami-Dade residents. The organization engages residents from ages 2-80 in creating a resilient city through innovative cultural programming. www.artofculturalevolution.org

2013 Annual Fairchild Arts Challenge Mentor for Fairchild Tropical Gardens, Miami Providing artistic mentorship for young students for the Fairchild Challenge.

September 2012-2014 Midtown 34th Street, Environmental Educator, Urban Farmer, Programmer, Administrator, Artist in residence A vacant piece of land converted into a sustainable land lab for residents to have access to free environmental education and easily adopted sustainable practices. The lab was sponsored by Yake Solar, University of Florida’s Extension office, Permaculture Miami and many others. The lab provided a by-donation C.S.A. program providing organic produce to locals at little cost. In addition the programming included community yoga, free workshops, a weekly EnviroKids day that was dedicated to connect young children to nature, food and nutrition. https:// www.midtown34thstreet.blogspot.com/

April 2011 The Revolution, A public art installation A commissioned art installation that highlighted several environmental non-profit organizations throughout the world in conjunction with Sustainatopia 2011. http://artofculturalevolution.blogspot.com/2011/04/revolution-sustainatopia- party-in.html August 2012-2013 The Treehouse Learning Center, Main teacher and Garden teacher Initial co-teacher for a new parent formed cooperative style school in North Miami. April 2011 Sustainatopia 2011 Honours, Award Designer http://www.sustainatopia.com/sustainatopia-honors2011 blair@artofculturalevolution.org White River Junction, VT 05001 www.blairebutterfield.com April 2011 The Revolution A commissioned art installation at Wynwood Walls Miami, that highlighted several environmental non-profit organizations throughout the world in conjunction with Sustainatopia 2011. http://artofculturalevolution.blogspot.com/2011/04/revolution-sustainatopia- party-in.html August 2011 The Farm School at Earth N Us Farm, Assistant teacher Waldorf inspired cooperative Using a nature based curricula to create experiences on the farm to engage children with the natural environment. Using an anthroposophic approach leading creative arts projects and food preparation from garden to table. March 2011 Zignum Mezcal Food and Wine Festival, Production Designer and Art Director A custom designed installation for Zignum Mezcal at the Food and Wine Festival in Miami Beach. September 2009 “ What the Tide Brought In” A Film by Jon Kane, Production Designer and Art Director A short film for the BORSHT film festival. March 2009 Une Petite Chambre A public art installation for Winter Music Conference at Miami’s Ultra Music Festival. May 2009 “ Two Rooms for Money” An art installation for Chelsea Gallery Miami, also seen in HOME magazine December 2008 Punk Rock Bourgeoisie A large scale public art installation for Art Basel Week Miami June 2007– June 2008 Evelyn Aimis Fine Art, Co-director and Gallery Manager Curating art fair exhibits, consigning art work, purchasing art work from international auctions, managing and administrating all affairs of this blue chip contemporary art gallery. Curated our exhibit for Art Miami 2007, Palmbeach3! 2007 and the Palm Beach International Fine Art and Antique Show 2008. blair@artofculturalevolution.org White River Junction, VT 05001 www.blairebutterfield.com Jan. 2006 – June 2007 AVL Books, Jacksonville, FL Principal Administrator, Researcher Administrating an international publishing company with offices in NY, Paris and Jacksonville. We translated literary book awards from other countries into multiple languages and distributed them to school libraries. My main focus was translations of Latin American books into English. 2006 – 2007 The Arts and Culture Compendium, London, UK, Editor and Writer An online political arts publication based in London, UK. 2005 – 2008 The Hackney Artists London, UK, Director, Curator and Artist The Hackney Artists was a London based arts collective that I curated 3-6 shows a year in the city. Exhibitions would be held in public spaces of new and exciting wok by lesser known artists. 2006 Richard Niman and the Coningsby Gallery, London, UK Curator “Extraordinary Renditions” 2005 – 2006 The East London Art Company, London, UK Co-founder, Curator, Artist and Program developer This non profit company was created to provide funding for the arts via various local and regional resources. 1999 – 2001 The Baker County Press, Macclenny, FL Lab Technician and Photographer Photographer for local newspaper, using primarily black and white photographic processes, later moving into digital printing.

Skills

  • Photography
  • Installation
  • Copywriting
  • Art
  • Teaching
  • Design
  • Research
  • Display Design
  • Blog and Web Content and Writing