Christopher Lee Kennedy is a teaching artist and organizer who works collaboratively with schools, youth and artists to create site-specific projects that explore relationships between the built and natural environment, queer identity, and alternative education. These projects generate publications, research, performances, and installations that invite new understandings of ecology, community and social equity. With a background in environmental engineering, Kennedy often uses field science techniques such as transects, specimen collecting, sampling, and mapping, as well forms of storytelling and embodied experience to help archive and visualize complex systems. Past projects include an intergenerational free school in North Brooklyn called School of the Future; an ongoing dance project using fungi as a material and metaphor for connectivity (StrataSpore); Museum Futures, a transdisciplinary journal on the dynamic ways a museum can perform; the Queer Explorers Club, a publishing platform for queer youth; and Chance Ecologies, a framework for art and research projects exploring the un-designed landscapes and wilderness found in post-industrial sites and abandoned spaces.
Kennedy was born in Ocean County, New Jersey and currently lives in Brooklyn, New York. He has worked collaboratively on projects shown at the Philadelphia Academy of Fine Arts, the North Carolina Museum of Art, the Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art, the Levine Museum of the New South, Hudson Valley Center for Contemporary Art, Ackland Art Museum and Queens Museum. Kennedy holds a B.S. in Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, a M.A. in Education from NYU, and a PhD in Education and Cultural Studies from the University of North Carolina.