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Joseph Beuys Sculpture Park

 

Above are four images of the Joseph Beuys Sculpture Park (JPSP). The first two images include groups of UMBC students in the park during autumn. The third picture shows part of an art installation--a single tree with fallen branches placed up against the base of its trunk. The fourth image shows a JBSP summer yoga class in progress.
Above are four images of the Joseph Beuys Sculpture Park (JBSP). The first two images include groups of UMBC students in the park during autumn. The third picture shows part of an art installation–a single tree with fallen branches placed up against the base of its trunk. The fourth image shows a JBSP summer yoga class in progress.

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
working places.”
  Joseph Beuys

Mission

Joseph Beuys Sculpture Park was built with the intention of creating a meaningful forever green space at UMBC for both the campus and the surrounding communities to strengthen our social bonds, to foster human and natural wellness, and to provide a safe and accessible green space. Through UMBC’s Wellness Initiatives, outreach throughout the metro area, and collaboration by diverse groups, as a community we activate this space, which inspires creativity, collaboration, and healing.

You can be a part of accomplishing this mission. There are a number of ways to help extend the reach to the surrounding community both within and beyond UMBC. Thank you for supporting us in our mission to reconnect our community with nature. To learn more about how to get involved, visit https://cadvc.umbc.edu/?p=3056

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

An image of an open journal from the Joseph Beuys Sculpture Park with writing in it.
An image of an open journal from the Joseph Beuys Sculpture Park with writing in it.
An image of a closed green Joseph Beuys Sculpture Park journal lies on a bench in the park.
An image of a closed green Joseph Beuys Sculpture Park journal lies on a bench in the park.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.

UMBC 2001-2010 Journal Entries in Downloadable Spreadsheet

 

Land Acknowledgement

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 have 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.   

  • BBC World News covers research funded by Nature Sacred

    September 22, 2020 4:25 PM

    Check out this article from Nature Sacred that shares research from the National Nature Sacred Awards program about nature’s impact on health workers who are coping with stress and burnout. This study, which was recently covered by BBC World News, investigates the role of hospital gardens and their positive effects on nurses’ emotional exhaustion.


    Article Link: https://naturesacred.org/new-study-out-reduced-symptoms-of-burnout-noted-in-nurses-who-spent-one-break-a-day-in-a-hospital-garden/

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  • Nature as Teacher Audio Meditation Series - Part 3

    "Cultivating Peace in Uncertain Times"

    August 11, 2020 10:05 AM

    Today, we’re closing our audio meditation series, “Nature as Teacher,” with our third meditation, “Cultivating Peace in Uncertain Times.” This meditation focuses on grounding ourselves with gratitude and setting practical goals in order to calm any anxieties or worries that arise amidst these uncertain times. 

     

    Thank you so much for joining us for the past three weeks for this “Nature as Teacher” mindfulness practice. We invite you to revisit these meditations on our website when you feel the need to recenter and refocus. 

     

    Each meditation is kindly 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=Ck5cYHczVk8


    Website: https://cadvc.umbc.edu/nature/

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  • Nature as Teacher Audio Meditation Series - Part 2

    "Creating a Space of Nonjudgment"

    August 4, 2020 9:34 AM

    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 kindly 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

     

    Website: https://cadvc.umbc.edu/nature/

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