ECOSS / Duwamish Revealed
Since the 1990s, ECOSS has been a leading urban environmental nonprofit in Seattle. Formerly known as the Environmental Coalition of South Seattle, ECOSS specializes in bridging knowledge and cultural gaps, serving the interests of residents, industry and government. With Co-Artistic Directors Sarah Kavage and Nicole Kistler, they produced Duwamish Revealed, an ambitious program of site-specific, public art and performance along and about the Duwamish River, an iconic industrial river in Seattle.
Sarah Kavage is an artist and urban planner with a wide variety of creative, academic, and political pursuits and experiences. She has a masters’ degree in urban planning from the University of Washington and works for a small firm that does research on walkable communities, urban design and health. She has years of varied experience in art, education, and community building projects – including a Recycle-A-Bicycle program in Brooklyn, NY, afterschool art programs in New York City and Pennsylvania, and planning for a sustainable wastewater treatment system in Havana, Cuba.
Nicole Kistler creates interactive art and landscapes that help connect community members to the places they live and start conversations. She has over 12 years of experience managing large-scale public art, arts planning, public involvement, and landscape design projects, with work shown in Washington, New York, and Arizona. She co-developed the award-winning plan for UpGarden, the nation’s first large-scale community rooftop garden and is currently the City of Seattle’s first Urban Agriculture Artist-in-Residence, creating story-based cast iron sculpture for the Beacon Food Forest. She has a Masters’ Degree in Landscape Architecture from the University of Washington.
Artist Support Program 2015: Record oral history interviews with people who utilize the Duwamish River for fish, to be incorporated into public art and events as part of the Duwamish Revealed project.