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Voices Unbound

A considerable gap exists among the discourses of those who implement environmental policies and the underrepresented communities that disproportionately experience environmental issues. In order to address this, this project asks people throughout Pierce County to document environmental challenges that are impacting them and their community by using enviro-postcards.

These enviro-postcards were distributed to communities and asked what environmental challenges are most important to you and how are you coping with or surviving these challenges?

Concurrently, the project will pilot in-person science booths and a podcast series to amplify community voices.

Co-Principal Investigators: Christopher J. Schell, School of Interdisciplinary Arts & Sciences, UW Tacoma; Robin A. Evans-Agnew, School of Nursing and Healthcare Leadership, UW Tacoma

Podcast Series

What do people think about environmental challenges and what do they do every day to survive those challenges?

We explore these questions and more in our podcast series: Enviro-Amplify.

Over seven months between 2019 and 2020, we stood in the street, behind booths, in the sunshine and the rain, asking passers by to fill out a postcard to answer these two questions. We chose places where we wouldn’t necessarily find the sorts of people who already had a voice: outside the State Fair, in senior centers, amongst those experiencing homelessness, in parks, outside an ice skating rink, and in local outdoor markets. We collected over 1000 postcards before the coronavirus outbreak took over everyone’s consciousness. Now, we invite you to listen in as we present selections of the postcards we collected and discuss our experiences!

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Upcoming Events

We are closely monitoring the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) situation. Out of an abundance of concern for the health of our community, we have decided to postpone our Voices Unbound event that was scheduled for March 14 and 15. We thank you for your interest and support and hope to reschedule in the future.

Voices Unbound: An Art Exhibition

A Multi-Media Exhibition of 1000 South Sound Perspectives on our Most Important Environmental Challenges

This eco-art gallery is open to the public and will prominently showcase community perspectives and promote a novel blueprint for inclusive environmental engagement.

When: March 14, 2020 – POSTPONED 

-Opening night: March 14 at 5:00 – 8:00 p.m.

-Open house: March 15 at 12:00 – 5:00 p.m.

Where: Fern and Foster Family Wellness, 1402 S 11th St. Tacoma, WA 98405

In the News

‘Voices Unbound’ Will Amplify Those Underrepresented in Environmental Policy, UW Tacoma 

Want to know more?

Contact the team at voicesunbounduwt@gmail.com

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