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Idyllwild Arts Highlights Alliance Director Dr. Amber Pairis in Video Spotlight

Idyllwild Arts Academy (IAA) highlights Climate Science Alliance Director in new video series on alumni. Dr. Amber Pairis is an IAA alumni and continues to partner with the academy including co-hosting the 2019 Southwestern Tribal Climate Change Summit on campus.

Alliance Director and Idyllwild Arts Academy (IAA) alumna, Dr. Amber Pairis, retains strong connections to her high school campus and is partnering with the academy to hold the 2019 Southwestern Tribal Climate Change Summit (Summit) on campus in Idyllwild, CA. The three-day Summit is a collaboration with partners from across the region, including the La Jolla Band of Luiseño Indians, the Pala Band of Mission Indians, the Institute for Tribal Environmental Professionals (ITEP), the Center for Climate Change Impacts and Adaptation at Scripps Institution of Oceanography, and many others.

Pairis attended IAA as apart of their Boarding Arts High School Program, where she was able to cultivate an interest for nature, science, and art. Having a degree in arts has helped Pairis explore the role of arts in science, and collaborate at this interface. The core focus of the Summit, along with other Alliance programs and activities, is weaving together art, community, and science to create interdisciplinary partnerships and climate change solutions. The event will bring together a diverse community of individuals to think about climate impacts, strategies, and solutions through a variety of dialogues, including arts, dance, song, poetry, traditional ecological knowledge, and western science.

Pairis is grateful for her experiences at IAA and for the Academy’s partnership with the Alliance that has helped make it possible to host the 2019 Summit on campus.

To learn more about the upcoming 2019 Southwestern Tribal Climate Change Summit hosted at Idyllwild Arts Academy, please visit:, and to hear more about Pairis’ experiences at Idyllwild Arts Academy, visit:

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