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Christina Catanese



Christina Catanese works across the disciplines of dance, education, environmental science, and arts administration to inspire curiosity, empathy, and connection through creative encounters with nature. As the Director of Environmental Art at the Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education in Philadelphia, Christina oversees all aspects of creating and implementing an environmental art exhibition program in the nature center’s 340 acres of forests, fields, and gallery spaces. As an artist, she has participated in residencies at the Santa Fe Art Institute, Signal Fire, Works on Water, and SciArt Center. She has presented her work throughout Philadelphia and the region, and performed with performed with Dance Exchange, Nova Dance Company, and Winged Woman Dance Company. Her choreography explores a range of subjects with a particular focus on embodying scientific and ecological processes, exploring the ability of dance to take processes that happen over long time scales and distill them down to a human-scale moment, and tracing the pathways of movement into lasting physical artifacts. She has a Masters in Applied Geosciences and a BA in Environmental Studies and Political Science, both from the University of Pennsylvania. Her passion lies in using my unique interdisciplinary background to organize art exhibitions and projects that are more intuitive, emotional, empathetic, creative, and accessible than traditional presentations of science. Originally from Pittsburgh, she has lived in Philadelphia since 2004 and looks forward to contributing to thINKingDANCE as a writer.