Jackie Brookner, an inspiring and much beloved teacher taught at Parsons from 1980 until her death in 2015. She was an ecological artist, writer, and educator. She worked with design professionals, engineers, ecologists, communities, and policy-makers on water remediation/public art projects for parks, wetlands, rivers, and urban stormwater runoff. In these projects, local resources become the focal point of community collaboration and collective creative agency. She lived in New York City and worked and lectured internationally. In addition to her position at The New School she taught at Harvard University and Bard College. She was the recipient of numerous commissions, awards and grants including The Nancy Gray Foundation for Art in The Environment, The New York Foundation for the Arts and The National Endowment for the Arts.
Gifts made in Jackie’s memory will support students in the Parsons Fine Arts program whose interests are focused on sustainable systems and the artist’s relationship to the earth.