The Interspecies Artist's Way

Ages 18 and up
April 3–24, 2024
6–8pm, Wednesdays

  • Instructor

    Shanhuan Manton

  • Room


  • Pricing


  • Dates

    3-24 April

The Interspecies Artist's Way is a course of questioning, unsettling, and reorienting our conception of arts and artmaking to include our more-than-human kin. Each session will consist of a short presentation to lay a groundwork for generative discussions, followed by guided creative practices in writing, drawing, movement, somatic explorations and visualizations. Topics include composting human centricity, relational attunement, participatory ecologies, and interspecies thriving. Throughout the course we will collaboratively author a living document of aesthetic values for interspecies attention, interspecies artmaking, and processes for engaging ethically in collaboration with our more-than-human kin.

The Interspecies Artist's Way will be held in-person at the Abrons Arts Center.

For a longer course description, please visit The School of Making Thinking’s page.

About Shanhuan Manton

Shanhuan is an interspecies inquirer and filmmaker composting established methods of cinematic storytelling to alchemize extractive methods of production into regenerative rituals, while making real the possibilities of speculative worlds by utilizing collective storytelling as a transformative cultural practice.  Their collaborations have woven community globally, ranging from cinematic additions to 20th Century Fox’s Alien franchise, to spontaneous tea service at School of the Alternative. In 2023 Shanhuan was a fellow in Emergence Magazine’s Seeds of Radical Renewal Spiritual Ecology leadership program, hosted workshops on Interspecies Collaboration and Attunement at New Moon Mycology Summit as well as through Exploring the Mycoverse and Sympoetic Ecofabulatory in so called Los Angeles.

General Information

The Interspecies Artist's Way is curated in partnership with The School of Making Thinking.

Tuition Assistance

Abrons offers tuition assistance to any student whose household makes under $50,000 annually. Through our NYCHA Arts Initiative, classes are FREE for all NYCHA residents living in zip codes 10002, 10003, 10009, and 10038.

For courses offered in partnership with the School of Making Thinking, we also offer a sliding scale for Black People, Indigenous People, and People of Color.