We love supporting women’s leadership!

Wheelhouse Institute is excited to welcome 2019, with important and impactful activities underway, and on this Valentine’s Day, we are grateful for all the amazing women sharing love and leadership across the globe.

Wheelhouse is now an official 501(c)3! The means your donations can be tax deductible, and we are eligible for donations and grants from a wider variety of sources. We are so excited to have this federal acknowledgement of the critical work that Wheelhouse does to support women across arts, science, and communication.

Also look forward to an eventful spring. We’ll be opening up applications for the 2020 Wheelhouse Women cohort, and sharing more about our events and activities. Stay tuned, and don’t forget to sign up for our newsletter to hear all the latest on sharing skills, power, and networks to affirm and amplify visionary women's leadership!

Celebrating 2018 progress

2018 was a busy and exciting year for the Wheelhouse Institute. Here are three big highlights from an incredible year:

  • Wheelhouse hosted the Founding Fellows, our first cohort of women to practice Wheelhouse skill-sharing and workshopping methods. This remarkable group of women helped to test and develop the Wheelhouse program design, so that future cohort can enjoy powerful, successful programs and collaborations.

  • Wheelhouse became a Montana nonprofit and we submitted our federal 501(c)3 application, so that we can better serve our supporters and help ensure they are donating their money with as many benefits as possible.

  • An incredible board of directors joined Wheelhouse. This group brings experience from nonprofits; connecting science, art, and communication; and providing high quality programs. They also bring a passion for supporting women’s success and leadership, and a vision for collaborative connections across art, science, and communication.

As we celebrate 2018, we thank our remarkable supporters and participants. We celebrate your successes and growth. And we are very excited to dive into 2019 with more exciting Wheelhouse activities.

Thank you and Happy Holidays!

Wheelhouse is making the news!

The inaugural Wheelhouse Institute workshop event was in Big Sky, Montana in January. 

The Explore Big Sky paper featured Wheelhouse in the week leading up to the workshop:
Wheelhouse Institute Connects Women Across Disciplines to Enact Change

Lone Peak Lookout put Wheelhouse on the front page a few weeks later:
Let Our Powers Combine

Thank you for spreading the word about changing the lives of women across art, science, and communication!

Launching first cohort!

In January of 2018, the Wheelhouse Institute will bring together the Founding Fellows, our inaugural cohort of women leaders, with a focus on climate change and communication. We are thrilled to have an amazing and accomplished group of artists, scientists, and communicators to launch Wheelhouse. Get to know the first Wheelhouse women:

Fiona P. McDonald is a visual anthropologist who specializes in material culture. She completed her PhD (2014) in the Department of Anthropology at University College London. Her research interests are: Water, Energy studies, Indigenous material and visual culture, repatriation, oral histories, contemporary Indigenous art, curatorial theory, performance theory, and museum studies. She is a co-director of Ethnographic Terminalia (ethnographicterminalia.org).

Heidi A. Roop is a research scientist with a passion for science & science education. Through high-quality research, innovative teaching methods and informed public engagement practices, Heidi aspires to be a scientist who changes how the world engages in science. Heidi’s  pursuit of science has led her to all seven continents. She holds a BA from Mount Holyoke College, an MSc in Geology from Northern Arizona University and a PhD in Geology from Victoria University of Wellington in New Zealand.  Dr. Roop is a Research Scientists and Strategic Communications Lead with the Climate Impacts Group at the University of Washington and an Adjunct Research Fellow with the Science in Society Research Group at the Victoria University of Wellington. Web: www.heidiroop.com

Julia Rosen is a freelance science journalist based in Portland, Oregon. She writes stories about how the world works, and how humans are changing it. She holds a PhD in geology. Her words can be found in Science, Nature, The Los Angeles Times, Orion, Discover, Nautilus, and High Country News, among other places, and her voice can be heard on podcasts for Science, Scientific American‘s 60-Second Science and The Dirtbag Diaries. She has received numerous awards and honors, including an AAAS Mass Media Science and Engineering Fellowship, the Grand Gold Award for feature writing and a Silver Excel award for feature writing from Association & Media Publishing. She was a finalist for a Science in Society Journalism Award.  Web: julia-rosen.com

Sylvia Johnson is a filmmaker, visual storyteller, educator, and impact strategist - humanitarian at heart and creative problem solver by nature . As the Creative Director of her production company, Free Roaming Studios, she works with organizations focused on social good and environmental sustainability to create films, visual storytelling projects, and impact strategies that foster human connection and drive positive change. Her films have been featured in film festivals around the world and she has worked for organizations including the Santa Fe Dreamers Project, the National Park Service, the Inter-American Culture and Development Foundation, and the Santa Fe Art Institute. She is a Fulbright Scholar, a Center for Environmental Filmmaking Scholar, and an Aspen Institute Socrates Seminar grant recipient. Web: freeroamingstudios.com/films

Sylvia Torti has a PhD in tropical ecology and is also a fiction writer. Her first novel, The Scorpion’s Tail, won the Miguel Mármol Award for “best debut fiction by an American Latino,” and her second novel, CAGES, won the Nicholas Schaffner Award for Music in Literature. Her work has been published in numerous academic and creative journals, edited volumes as well as performed on stage. In addition to her scholarly/artistic work, she is a teacher and educational leader. Since 2012 she has been serving as Dean of the Honors College at the University of Utah. In addition, she is Associate Director of Mapping Meaning (www.mappingmeaning.com).

These remarkable women will be joined by founders Nina Elder and Twila Moon:

Nina Elder is an artist, adventurer, and arts administrator. She makes meticulous drawings and interdisciplinary creative projects that promote curiosity, exploration, and collective sense of stewardship. Nina is an advocate for collaboration, often fostering relationships between artists, scientists and diverse communities. Nina’s work is exhibited and collected nationally, and has been supported by the Andy Warhol Foundation, the Rauschenburg Foundation, and the Pollock Krasner Foundation. Her personal commitment to fight oppression and inequity is reflected through her public speaking, teaching, consulting, and project management, all of which propose interdisciplinary understanding and engagement with the world. Web: www.ninaelder.com

Twila Moon is a scientist, leader, thinker, communicator, and enthusiastic learner. As a Research Scientist at the National Snow and Ice Data Center, University of Colorado, she studies Earth’s glaciers and large ice sheets, Greenland and Antarctica. Her focus is on understanding the current behavior of ice on Earth and how it interacts with the climate, ocean, and biosphere. Dr. Moon has a BS in Geology (Stanford) and an MS and PhD in Earth and Space Sciences (University of Washington). Her research has been published in Science, highlighted in Nature and Nature Geoscience, and received extensive media coverage, including National Public Radio, the Associated Press, and the BBC. Along with research, Dr. Moon is passionate about and active in communicating science to policymakers, the media, and the public.  Web: changingice.com