Applied Research & Creative Works



The video above was produced to accept acknowledgment from Images and Voices of Hope (IVOH) in 2017 related to engagement with students and faculty about rising seas in Florida, USA.


Florida International University

Miami, anew, May 2017 – present
An invited and curated, immersive art exhibit featuring virtual reality of Miami environments, projected wall-sized data visualizations of sea level rise, and student-produced art. Exhibit included as part of the Art + Hack + Data Miami Media Art Weekend at the Pérez Art Museum Miami and Wynwood’s Bakehouse Art Complex and is scheduled to be on temporary permanent exhibition until November (Postponed due to Hurricane Irma).


A Sea Change, August 2016 – present
Collaborative and interdisciplinary theatre production within the College of Communication, Architecture + The Arts at Florida International University focused on sea level rise and related to a CARTA seed grant. Gutsche, Jr., R. E. (Producer) & Church, P. M. (Director); invited performance December 2, 2017 at Changing Waters: Science Panel, Theatrical Performances and Art Exhibit, Vizcaya Museum & Gardens Garage, Miami, Florida.


VirtualEYES and Mobile Virtual Reality Lab, June 2016 – January 2018
Led funded faculty and student science/storytelling website and community project using virtual reality video, journalism, theatre, art, and community engagement to tell stories of sea level rise in South Florida. Recognized by awards from Images and Voices of Hope (IVOH) and the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication Committee on Teaching.


Little Haiti Student Photography Exhibit, June 2016 – January 2018
Curated and exhibited collection of student photographs, which initially appeared in an exhibit titled, “Focus on Little Haiti,” designed by Patrick Farrell at the Little Haiti Cultural Complex Caribbean Marketplace in Miami.


Submerging the Sunshine: Explore Sea Level Rise in South Florida digital curation project, May 2016
This student project worked to curate local research and storytelling about rising seas within Florida International University’s Digital Commons.


Student Environmental Advocacy Corps. (SEA Corps.) summer program, June 2015
Co-found of a four-week summer curriculum engaging Miami youth who attend MAST@FIU BBC, a public STEM magnet high school at Florida International University’s Biscayne Bay Campus, with water, science, and media production related to sea level rise (Co-founder and Co-director)


South Florida’s Rising Seas Impact documentary, May 2015
Student-produced documentary in collaboration with Miami’s WPBT2 public television, funded by an Online News Association 2014-2015 Challenge Fund for Innovation in Journalism Education grant (Script Consultant).


Sea Level Rise Toolbox application, March 2015
This is an application development project funded by an Online News Association 2014-2015 Challenge Fund for Innovation in Journalism Education grant that allows citizens of South Florida to learn about their vulnerability to sea level rise and flooding (Team Member).


FIU Media Arts Festival, Miami Beach Urban Studios, March 26, 2013
Public event for showcasing digital media storytelling specific to Miami and South Florida (Committee Chair)


University of Iowa

Return to Mayberry, Iowa City Public Library, Iowa City, Iowa, May 2, 2012
Public evening of storytelling by university students in an Interpretations of Literature class highlighted tales of marginalized and silenced populations in Iowa City (Co-organizer)


Mayberry, South East Junior High, Iowa City, Iowa, May 1, 2012
Free community performance of a locally produced play about race relations in Iowa City featured a free meal and a talk-back among the play’s director, residents, and community leaders (Co-organizer)


Was the Word: Crossing the Line, Englert Theatre, Iowa City, Iowa, March 18, 2012
By collaborating with a local theatre troupe, this spoken word storytelling performance focused on stories of racial and ethnic interactions in Iowa City (Co-organizer)


Black American Gothic, Landlocked Film Festival, Iowa City, Iowa, August 28, 2011
More than 600 people attended locally produced documentary; 100 participated in small group discussions that followed the screening (Co-organizer)


Telling Stories of a City, University of Iowa, June 23, 2011
UI Upward Bound Program’s News and the Media Course students presented stories about local residents to media and community members (Co-organizer)