Joseph Beuys Sculpture Park is on the south side of campus between the RAC and Hilltop Circle.
About the Park
The Center for Art, Design and Visual Culture produces diverse programming for the Joseph Beuys Sculpture Park. Programs offered in the park include an ongoing series of workshops for metro area K-12 students, UMBC student activities and classes, UMBC Wellness initiatives, community restorative yoga, and site-specific visual art installations and live music and dance performances.
Through the generous support of NatureSacred.org, the initial funder of the park, and UMBC, CADVC has been able to present these programs free and open to the public for the last 20 years!
Visit cadvc.umbc.edu/nature to learn about our latest programs.
“The true capital of the world is the human ability for creativity, freedom and self-determination in all their
– Joseph Beuys
Joseph Beuys Tree Partnership Project
Joseph Beuys (1921-1986) was an influential German artist who came to prominence in the 1960s. He is known for his performances, sculptures, environments, vitrines, prints, posters, and thousands of drawings. He was a charismatic and controversial artist, a committed teacher, and a political activist.
Beuys highlighted the need for greater environmental awareness across the globe through his ongoing social sculpture project entitled, 7000 Oaks. With the help of NatureSacred.org and over 20 organizations in Baltimore, 7000 Oaks inspired the planting of hundreds of trees and several stones by over 500 people in Baltimore Parks and at the UMBC sculpture site in 2000-2001. More information and images are at this link.
Joseph Beuys Tree Partnership Journal
At the Joseph Beuys Sculpture Park at UMBC, there
is a bench, which contains a blank journal. This journal provides visitors to the park with a forum in which to
write or to sketch. Over the years these public journals were collected, scanned, and archived at CADVC. Some of those entries are here for viewing. Please be advised
the journal has not been edited in any way and may contain content of a serious or adult nature. Parental guidance is advised.
With social and environmental awareness at the core of our mission at the Joseph Beuys Sculpture Park, we find it critical to acknowledge the ancestral lands of the Piscataway Conoy and Susquehannock peoples that lived and continue to reside on the land that is now UMBC. Over the past 500 years, violence, displacement, and settlement has sought to erase and oppress Indigenous Peoples, their cultures, and their histories. We offer our respect to all past, present and future Indigenous people connected to this land and we strive to cultivate a space at the Joseph Beuys Sculpture Park that prioritizes community, dignity, mindfulness and personal wellness.
Today, we’re continuing our audio meditation series, “Nature as Teacher,” with our second meditation, “Creating a Space of Nonjudgment.” This meditation focuses on acknowledging our tendency to quickly react to situations, rather than manifesting understanding or acceptance, so that we can learn to let go of expectation and judgment.
Each meditation is kindfully presented by UMBC’s Director of Workplace Learning, OD & Wellness and Founder & CEO of Wardell Development Group LLC., Jill Wardell and supported by the Joseph Beuys Tree Partnership with a generous gift from Nature Sacred (https://naturesacred.org/).
Check out the meditation here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t_wi359PxUQ&t=3s
Today, we’re beginning our audio meditation series, “Nature as Teacher,” with our first meditation, “Manifesting Inner-Awareness.” This meditation focuses on recognizing patterns of giving and receiving in our lives and finding a balance between the two in order to find space in yourself to heal and recharge.
Each meditation is kindfully presented by UMBC’s Director of Workplace Learning, OD & Wellness and Founder & CEO of Wardell Development Group LLC., Jill Wardell and supported by the Joseph Beuys Tree Partnership with a generous gift fromNature Sacred (https://naturesacred.org/).
Check out the meditation here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OwzaAZglDTc
Join us over the next three weeks for a new iteration of our Joseph Beuys Sculpture Park-inspired “Nature as Teacher” program, featuring three audio mindfulness programs that focus on the three principle of mindfulness— awareness, non-judgement, and peacefulness. Starting Tuesday, July 28 our first of three “Nature as Teacher” meditations will be released across CADVC social media and web platforms. Special thanks to UMBC’s Director of Workplace Learning, OD & Wellness and Founder & CEO of Wardell Development Group LLC., Jill Wardell and @NatureSacred for making this possible!
Check out the introduction here: https://my3.my.umbc.edu/groups/beuyspark/posts