CALL/WALKS bring together a diverse constituency of local people and demonstrates our approach to addressing complex environmental concerns. By building a national network of like-minded organizations and supporters we work together to amplify our impact.
— Mary Miss, Founder & Artistic Director, City as Living Laboratory


A national program of artist and scientist led community walks, CALL/WALKS are a starting point for creative, innovative, and community-led responses to our cities’ most pressing environmental challenges.

CALL/WALKS demonstrate the power of collaboration to encourage fresh thinking about complex issues. The walks also strengthen communities by creating personal, place-based experiences that promote action and generate practical solutions.

Public walks have always been a major piece of CALL/City as Living Laboratory’s exploration of the environmental and social concerns local communities have, and are a key part of our efforts to initiate productive, responsive, and interesting collaborations. The walks are the seeds from which all CALL’s projects grow.

This year, CALL expanded our network by launching a national program of walks, funded by the NEA Our Town program. On the first weekend of May, walkers in Baltimore, Milwaukee, NYC, Pittsburgh, Santa Fe & Washington DC examined the environmental issues in their neighborhoods through the insights of artist and scientist teams. As we launch this national program, we’re developing a toolkit that will be able to be used by communities across the country to lead walks in their neighborhoods to ignite conversations about how their city can best adapt to the contemporary challenges it faces.

Scroll down for info on the walk in your area, and follow #CALLwalks on Instagram and Twitter to see updates, photos, and videos from our network around the country.

Both the deep ecology and the artistic grace of our urban areas are often unseen or under appreciated. CALL/WALKS overcome these deficiencies and immerse us in appreciating and improving our urban environments.
— Steward Pickett, Urban Ecologist at Cary Institute, CALL Board Member




Nest & Flow, Jones Falls Trail

Artist Jann Rosen-Queralt and ecologist Lea Johnson highlighted the way species, water and energy move through the landscape, exposing ecological patterns and processes often overlooked or unseen.


MILWAUKEE: Art & Water in Garden Homes

Artist and designer Fatima Laster & engineer Jerome Flogel, lead a walk exploring the historic Garden Homes Neighborhood and the green infrastructure/water features that surround it.


MILWAUKEE: Reclamation & Restoration

Artist Portia Cobb & environmental engineer Tory Kress lead a walk engaging the public in envisioning the future of Milwaukee’s 30th Street Corridor. Formerly the industrial powerhouse of City, many the manufacturing jobs have since left, leaving economic hardship and vacant land in this area.


NYC: Mapping Chinatown’s Food System

Urbanist and Designer Stephen Fan and Economic Botanist Valerie Imbruce lead nearly 100 participants through Chinatown’s narrow streets to explore the Food System that sustains an entire region, and the challenges it faces.


NYC: The Tree & I, Van Cortlandt Park

Artist Nicolás Dumit Estévez Raful Espejo and Ecological Project Manger John Butler lead a contemplative walk through Van Cortlandt Park exlporing the deep connection between people and nature.


PITTSBURGH: Exploring the Urban Wilderness

Artist Natalie Settles, Biologist Charles Beir, and Landscape Architect Kara Smith explore Hays Wood, a former industrial mining site which has returned to the wild and is soon to become a city park.


SANTA FE: Atomic Stories, Media & Nuclear History

Artist Andrea Polli organizes a walk with nuclear Historian Luis Campos and Activist Tina Cordova on the impact of the atomic bomb on the landscape and people of New Mexico.


WASHINGTON, DC: Breaching Waterways

Arist Katie Kehoe organizes a walk with climatologist Jagadish Shukla and performance artist Heloisa Escuerdo exploring the impact of climate change and sea level rise in the lowlands of the United States’ capitol city. This walk was hosted by George Mason University Provisions Library..

CALL/WALKS 2013-2018



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