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Buzz Lab Teen Internship

Buzz Lab is a paid summer internship for teens interested in art, science, and the environment. Buzz Lab interns engage in learning, teaching, creating, sustaining and advocating for the livelihood of pollinators in a healthy ecosystem. Buzz Lab began in 2014 as a component of artist Christine Baeumler’s Pollinator Garden for Plains Art Museum. The garden was created to sustain populations of species of bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds. The garden features native prairie plants, gardens, a cistern to capture rainwater, and areas that attract pollinators and humans alike, defying the dwindling numbers of pollinators that are critical to our food supplies.

Buzz Lab interns work with scientists, artists, and teachers to learn and discuss the importance of pollinators, create works of public art, and participate in gardening and research in the Pollinator Garden at Plains Art Museum and other sites.

Look out for information this spring regarding the 9.0 Buzz Lab Internship Application.

Buzz Lab is made possible with support from the Institute of Museum and Library Services.

The 2020 Buzz Lab interns present GOODNIGHT EARTH, a project created by 2020 Buzz Lab interns in collaboration with fiber artist Quill River. The individual seed pillows were hand-sewn by interns, then stitched together into a collaborative quilt with the intent to interrupt the expanses of cement in our community. Pollinators, and specifically bees, can only travel up to 5 miles to locate food, water, or rest. This growing quilt intends to provide space for pollinators to find food and rest. If left to grow, over the next few weeks you will see wildflowers, lettuce, spinach, basil, and cilantro emerge.

Click here for the downloadable GOODNIGHT EARTH zine, with instructions on making your own seed pillow.