Katherine Charney will be serving as a Confluence AmeriCorps member for the 2020-21 term! Originally from the east coast, Katherine graduated from the Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore with a Bachelor of Fine Arts. In her role as Riparian and Outreach Specialist, she is excited to implement and maintain restoration projects along Johnson Creek, as well as organize volunteer events. She is passionate about the role creativity can play in environmental education, and looks forward to using her visual arts training to advance this work as we continue to socially distance.
Katherine cares deeply about environmental justice and establishing equitable access to the outdoors. In 2016, she joined Southwest Conservation Corps as a trail crew member in the Colorado Rockies. She brought this formative training back to Baltimore, where she designed an educational booklet on local watershed pollution in collaboration with visual artist, Phaan Howng, and non-profit organization, Blue Water Baltimore. This publication was available free to the public, thanks to support from The Baltimore Museum of Art.
This is not Katherine’s first time in Oregon — after graduating in 2019, she worked for Crow’s Shadow Institute of the Arts on the Umatilla Reservation in Eastern Oregon. There, she expanded digital capabilities for the artist-in-residence program and assisted with weekly workshops for local high school students. She looks forward to serving diverse communities while learning and collaborating during her AmeriCorps term.