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UMBC Livewire Event- October 23, 2021

Beuys 20th Anniversary Celebration & Arboretum

UMBC's Joseph Beuys Tree Partnership 20th Anniversary Celebration and
Arboretum, by Robert Morris, Performed by UMBC's RUCKUS & Music Department,

A UMBC Livewire Event

On Saturday, October 23rd the campus will host UMBC's annual new music festival, Livewire. At 3:30 pm, RUCKUS, the new music ensemble-in-residence, will be joined by additional faculty and student performers to present a special performance of Robert Morris’s Arboretum

Arboretum is a concert-length work designed as an immersive experience. Performers move around the Sculpture Park as they play, and audience members are encouraged to move as well, changing their perspective on the work over its duration. The composer describes this work as “slowly unfolding... the experience of this music is like watching sunsets, clouds passing, or sea changes.”

The event also marks the 20th Anniversary Celebration of the Joseph Beuys Tree Partnership and will include remarks on the Partnership's history and presence at UMBC and in Baltimore.

 Hot cider and a limited number of grass mats will be provided. Feel free to bring your own blanket, lawn chairs, and picnic to enjoy among the crunch of the fall leaves. This event is free and open to the public. 

Find maps, directions, and learn more at cadvc.umbc.edu/beuys.

This event is curated by Sandra Abbott and Daniel Pesca and presented through a partnership between UMBC’s Music Department, Center for Art, Design and Visual Culture, and the Joseph Beuys Tree Partnership. The Joseph Beuys Sculpture Park is supported in part through the generosity of Nature Sacred (naturesacred.org). CADVC’s programs are supported in part by the Maryland State Arts Council and Baltimore County Commission on Arts and Sciences.


UMBC is closely monitoring the COVID-19 situation and is dedicated to ensuring the health and safety of the university community. For complete information, please visit our COVID-19 website. Please note:

  • We encourage you and/or your social pod to maintain at least three feet distance from others. 
  • Help us all stay healthy and don’t visit campus if you aren’t feeling well.
  • Masks are not required outdoors unless you are participating in an event that requires them or you are part of a group with children under 12 who cannot physically distance or receive the vaccine.
  • Students, faculty, staff, and visitors to campus must wear a mask in indoor public spaces.  Masks must cover your nose and mouth.

For free parking during the event, park immediately adjacent to the Joseph Beuys Sculpture Park. Find  links to campus maps and directions to campus when you click on the link below.


Posted: September 28, 2021, 4:21 PM

Nature as Teacher Video Meditations released on our YouTube!

As we enter the last few weeks of summer break and excitement builds for the fall, we encourage you to take some time to recenter and recharge. 

That’s why we’re revisiting our Nature as Teacher meditation series— featuring the captivating nature footage of Research Associate Professor, Director of UMBC’s Imaging Research Center and award-winning filmmaker, Lee Boot. 

All three Nature as Teacher video meditations have officially been released on our Youtube channel. Learn more about Lee Boot and watch the video meditations here!

Boot’s video meditations were recently featured as “Curated Picks” in Nature Sacred’s monthly newsletters! Previously released as audio meditations, this series is kindly narrated by UMBC’s HR’s Director of Workplace Learning, Organizational Development, and Wellness, Jill Wardell. 

Posted: August 2, 2021, 12:07 PM

Nature Sacred is featuring our video meditation!

Check it out in their June Care package

Nature Sacred:


Our latest Nature Sacred Guide is the third in a three-part “Nature as Teacher” meditation series that works to cultivate mindfulness with the natural world and deepen inner-awareness. Created by our partners at The Center for Art, Design and Visual Culture at UMBC, these programs leverage imagery and inspiration from the nearby Joseph Beuys Sculpture Park — home of a unique and much-loved Sacred Place.

Hit reset with this calming mediation: 


Each video meditation is kindly filmed by Research Associate Professor, Director of UMBC’s Imaging Research Center and award-winning filmmaker Lee Boot and narrated by UMBC’s Director of Workplace Learning, OD & Wellness and Founder & CEO of Wardell Development Group LLC.,Jill Wardell. The project is supported by the Center for Art, Design and Visual Culture and the Joseph Beuys Tree Partnership with a generous gift from Nature Sacred (naturesacred.org).

Posted: June 23, 2021, 1:32 PM