Spring Creek Project is a convening organization that sponsors writing residencies, readings, lectures, conversations, and symposia on issues and themes of critical importance to the health of humans and nature. We engage the most daunting and urgent environmental issues of our times while remembering and sharing our perennial sources of joy, wonder, and gratitude. We believe sharing insights, inspiration, and methods from many perspectives increases our understanding of the place of humans in nature. Our goal is to include participants and audience members from every discipline and persuasion, from creative writing and the other arts, from the environmental and social sciences, from philosophy and other humanistic disciplines.

Our Mission

The Spring Creek Project brings together the practical wisdom of environmental science, the clarity of philosophy, and the transformational power of the written word and the arts to envision and inspire just and joyous relations with the planet and with one another.

Featured Programming

Pandemic as Portal: Creating a Just Future on Earth — Join us for this weekly lecture series taking place each Tuesday evening from January 12 through March 9. We're featuring visionary thinkers from many perspectives — from writing, philosophy and history to architecture, music and filmmaking — as they explore their highest vision of environmental and social justice as the world reconfigures in the midst of the pandemic. This series is sponsored by the Spring Creek Project and the Environmental Arts and Humanities Initiative. Learn more and register for talks in the series.

Music to Save Earth's Songs — This series inspired by Kathleen Dean Moore's forthcoming book Earth's Wild Music: Celebrating and Defending the Songs of the Natural World will include three public keynote events as well as 20 tiny concert videos called Animal Interludes. Each video, just a few minutes long, is an original composition of words and music in honor of a threatened or beloved animal. Learn more and follow along with the series.

The Nature of Isolation — Spring Creek Project explored how sheltering in place is changing our relationship with nature in a month-long video series featuring writing, art, and music from contributors throughout the U.S. and around the world. Watch the series on our YouTube and learn more about the series and contributors.

Applications for Upcoming Residencies

Acceptance of applications for residencies are pending Covid-related restrictions in accordance with Oregon State University policy. We will post an update here when we begin accepting applications for our residency programs again.

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