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Arthur Pearson

Director, Chicago Program

Arthur directs the Foundation’s arts, land conservation and collections programs in the Chicago region. Following a 15-year career as a professional actor, musician and playwright, Arthur turned his attention to conservation. He has published articles about a wide range of conservation issues in such publications as Archaeology, Chicago Wilderness Magazine, Chicago Life, Outdoor Illinois, Illinois Heritage, Illinois Steward and Northwest Quarterly. He has written for many of the region’s conservation organizations and was the technical writer for The State of Our Chicago Wilderness: A Report Card on the Health of the Region’s Ecosystems and the Chicago Wilderness Atlas of Biodiversity: 2011 Edition. He is a contributor to the Center for Humans and Nature’s City Creatures Blog and maintains his own blog – A Midewin Almanac – about restoration efforts at Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie. In 2017, the University of Wisconsin Press published Force of Nature: George Fell, Founder of the Natural Areas Movement - Arthur’s biography of the driving force behind the founding of The Nature Conservancy and the Illinois Nature Preserves Commission. Before joining the Foundation as staff, he had consulted for many years with a number of regional arts and environment funders, including GDDF.