Team & Collaborators | ART/ACT:educate

Team & Collaborators

Our Story

In 2016 Laurie Rich, then Executive Director of the Brower Center, attended the annual art exhibition for Kimberley D’Adamo’s Advanced Art Classes at Berkeley High School. Recognizing that many of the talented artists were addressing environmental issues, she approached Kimberley about the idea of a pop up show at the Brower Center to showcase youth voices. They both realized the potential of having youth artists represented in a professional gallery setting and decided to move forward with something a bit ‘outside’ of the Brower Center’s standard exhibition protocol.

The pop-up was a great success, deeply impacting both viewers and student artists. Both Laurie and Kimberley knew it could grow, so they sought funding in order to establish Art/Act: Youth as an annual youth exhibition with its first full installation in 2017. After working solely with only Kimberley’s classes, the exhibition was expanded in 2019 to include other art classes at Berkeley High and in 2020 to incorporate classes from Richmond High and Skyline High in Oakland. It now showcases over 100 youth artworks each year.  

During the pandemic, with most venues and galleries shuttered, Laurie was approached by a potential funder to dream BIG about establishing a new program. Kimberley had now moved to Nebraska to establish an arts doctorate program. She and Laurie put their heads together to create Art/Act: Educate aimed at assisting educators—across various regions—with arts-based research curriculum to explore critical environmental issues.


The David Brower Center is a home for the environmental movement, becoming more inclusive… By advocating for the beauty, diversity and ecological integrity of our planet and people, we accomplish our mission—through permanent infrastructure and ongoing programs:

  • Inform the public about environmental challenges we all face and bold actions we must take to remain a living planet
  • Inspire people to recognize their own power and responsibility to act on behalf of the Earth
  • Connect individuals and organizations dedicated to social equity and ecological sustainability
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The University of Nebraska-Lincoln is the state’s flagship university and the intellectual center of the state of Nebraska. Like the university’s founders in 1869, students and faculty at Nebraska look challenges and opportunities in the eye, using fresh thinking and creativity to forge new paths. The Nebraska Center for Research on Children, Youth, Families & Schools seeks to foster collaboration among the University of Nebraska’s vibrant, interdisciplinary research community in the social, behavioral and educational sciences.

rootid’s collaborative process works to advance equity by partnering with local & global organizations to implement community-centered, brand, communications and technology-driven digital engagement strategies. In partnership, we co-design necessary spaces for strategic thinking, sustainability & growth toward envisioning a world where those most impacted are prioritized & communications & technology are used to heal & empower rather than divide.

Staff & Leadership

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Laurie Rich
Executive Advisor
David Brower Center
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Kimberley D’Adamo
University of Nebraska-Lincoln
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Guy Trainin
Professor of Education, Region Partner
University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Coming Soon!
Communications Coordinator
ART/ACT: educate