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Eco- Embodied Arts Residency

Centrum hosts the pilot gathering of the Eco-Embodied Arts Residency, a project of artist and cultural strategist Tonya Lockyer, with 2024 co-curation with Seattle Civic Poet Shin Yu Pai.

The Eco-Embodied Arts Residency brings together land-connected and eco-somatic practitioners, people working in environmental and embodied arts, education and public health–in collaboration with local sites and communities–to support creativity, well-being, and knowledge sharing. The residency provides lodging, shared studio space, and opportunities for gatherings, creative encounters, and conversation. Centrum, located on the Olympic Peninsula at Fort Worden, is an ideal place to host an experience of sharing practice with and within nature, while envisioning paths towards a more sustainable future.

The 2024 pilot residency, June 7 – 10, 2024, is invitation-based, with two public sharings: an Artists in Place podcast episode, and a community Eco-Embodied Experience on Saturday, June 8, 1:00 pm in Centrum’s Movement Studio – by registration only.

2024 Eco-Embodied Arts Residents
Christiana Axelsen, BC Campbell, Rasheena Fountain, Susie Kosawa, Tonya Lockyer, Beverly Naidus, Shin Yu Pai, Shelby Silver, Lowell Wyse. Alongside Port Townsend participants: Conner Bouchard-Roberts, Tree Swenson, and Red Pine.

The 2024 Eco-Embodied Arts Residency at Centrum was developed in part out of Centrum’s Curator & Art Worker Residency Program; additional funding was provided by the Windrose Fund of Common Counsel Foundation.


Community Sharing: Eco-Embodied Experiencing

Weave together creativity, awareness, and nature with a guided experience to connect with our surroundings and each other. Through perceptual invitations drawn from somatic movement and deep listening, we will tune the physical body to sensation and feeling, forage for sensory experiences, and listen deeply in conversation. All are welcome.

Facilitator: Tonya Lockyer
When: Saturday, June 8, 1:00 pm
Where: Centrum’s Movement Studio located In Building 310 (shared with Madrona MindBody Institute), enter on the east side of the building.
Free Registration is required by emailing:
Sign up soon, only eight openings remaining.

Artists in Place Podcast: Stuart Dempster with Tonya Lockyer

A conversation with legendary composer, sound-gatherer, and musician Stuart Dempster celebrating his decades of recording within Centrum’s Cistern, his long collaboration with composer Pauline Oliveros, his role in composer Terry Riley’s ground-breaking work “In C”, and the State of Washington as a musical instrument.



Tonya Lockyer

Tonya Lockyer is an acclaimed artist, curator, and arts leader recognized by The Seattle Times as a “key cultural change-maker.” Born in Newfoundland, she has enjoyed an international career performing, teaching, and collaborating with artists across North America, Europe, Russia, and Asia. She has devised and produced nearly 100 situational performances including 24-hour solos, guided sensory walks, week-long festivals, and immersive events in train stations, elevators, and waterfronts. Her contributions to the arts have earned her a Seattle Mayor’s Arts Award nomination, and recognition from Arts International, National Endowment for the Arts, Canada Council, Artist Trust, and TEDx. Tonya’s writing has been featured in the volume Vu du Corps (2001), and she is the editor of the forthcoming book Artists on Creative Administration. Her expertise is sought after on national panels, most recently Creative Capital and the United States Artists Fellowship. Tonya serves on the faculty of Seattle University.

Shin Yu Pai

Named by Seattle Magazine as one of Seattle’s most influential people, Shin Yu Pai is currently the Civic Poet of the City of Seattle. She is the host and creator of the chart-topping, award-winning podcast Ten Thousand Things, which she produces with KUOW, Seattle’s NPR affiliate station. For her work in podcasting, she has received awards from the Asian American Podcasters Association and a silver Signal Award. She is the author of 13 books and the recipient of awards from The Academy of American Poets, Artist Trust, and The Satterberg Foundation.

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