This Thursday, February 3, at 6 p.m. Cloe Medina Erickson, will give a presentation at the Big Sky Institute office in Westfork Meadows in Big Sky. The presentation, MOROCCO: Mudcastles, Mountains and Misperceptions, will cover challenges, lessons and adventures of community development in rural Morocco.

A Montana State University graduate, Erickson is founder of the Atlas Cultural Foundation that works with locals in the High Atlas Mountains of Morocco on historic preservation, health and education development projects.

Erickson, who is based in Livingston, has worked extensively in Morocco. Since 2007, she has coordinated MSU faculty and students in the restoration of an ancient igherm, or granary, into a library and community center in Zawiya Ahansal, a community in Morroco’s Atlas Mountains.

Erickson has a Master of Architecture and Bachelor of Environmental Design from MSU. After graduation, she started an architecture consulting business and studied in Morocco, Egypt and Yemen. She is fluent in Modern Standard Arabic and today combines her traditional architectural training with her passion for foreign cultures to develop unique projects.

To learn more about Erickson’s project, see the MSU news site or Erickson’s project site.

Erickson’s presentation is sponsored by the Big Sky Institute with support from the Big Sky Resort Area Tax District. Big Sky Community Education Partnership (CEP) allows Big Sky residents, business people, and visitors to take advantage of higher education resources and lifetime learning opportunities that MSU has to offer. CEP events are listed with the main BSI events.

The BSI Office in Big Sky is located at 3091 Pine Drive, Suite 2. BSI is an interdisciplinary science, education, and outreach institute that was created by Montana State University and like-minded members of the community to transform the role of science in our society by advancing and communicating objective and relevant place-based science and to increase the understanding and appreciation of the globally significant Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem.