Megan Heeres’ art practice and professional endeavors have merged into a cooperative and connective practice involving community, both inside and outside of the studio. These collaborations engage with place, people, art, and plants, most recently at Xenoform Labs in San Francisco and the Broad Art Lab at Michigan State University. She has been represented by Simone DeSousa/Matéria Gallery since 2010. Megan graduated from the Cranbrook Academy of Art with a Master’s of Fine Art in 2009. In this week’s Coffee @ 10, Megan will discuss her art practice as research into misunderstood places, such as fields of invasive plants and swamps. Megan sees these complex places as teachers, helping us to uncover new definitions and expectations for our environment. This inquiry into nature influences not only her art practice, but her practice in the development and management of public green spaces, people-centered design, and advocacy. Weaving these practices together, Megan examines the idea of “nature” in the context of history, class privilege, race, gender, and equity. Megan’s work is included in the exhibition Cultivated: Relationships with Nature.