About Us

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The Arbor Institute’s mission is to create connection in a disconnected world, inspiring people to care for the planet.

The Institute was founded in 2019 by David Levitt and Sam Randall, two artists, trained as architects, who felt called to take action in response to the ecological crisis, and to help others to do the same. 

The Arbor Installation and Event Space, opening late November 2019, will be dedicated to this mission. The 1700sf building on Central Park in downtown Boulder will be available for creative exhibitions, events, gatherings, and practices that engage us with our love for the planet and serve as an incubator mindful environmental action.

The Arbor Art Collective is a growing community of artists and designers affiliated with the Institute who produce multidisciplinary artworks, installations, and programs that reconnect people with each other, with the earth, and with the interdependency of life. 

The Institute collaborates with and supports artists, contemplative practitioners, scientists, agriculturalists, designers, educators, environmental activists and humans of all ages and walks of life as we come together and join in collective action during this time of profound ecological change. 

The Arbor Institute’s mission is to create connection in a disconnected world, inspiring people to care for the planet.

The Institute was founded in 2019 by David Levitt and Sam Randall, two artists, trained as architects, who felt called to take action in response to the ecological crisis, and to help others to do the same. 

The Arbor Installation and Event Space, opening late November 2019, will be dedicated to this mission. The 1700sf building on Central Park in downtown Boulder will be available for creative exhibitions, events, gatherings, and practices that engage us with our love for the planet and serve as an incubator mindful environmental action.

The Arbor Art Collective is a growing community of artists and designers affiliated with the Institute who produce multidisciplinary artworks, installations, and programs that reconnect people with each other, with the earth, and with the interdependency of life. 

The Institute collaborates with and supports artists, contemplative practitioners, scientists, agriculturalists, designers, educators, environmental activists and humans of all ages and walks of life as we come together and join in collective action during this time of profound ecological change. 

Our Community

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David Levitt

Founding Director
David's work is a labor of love. After years of creating independent artworks and architecture focused on the embodied experiences of human relationships and placemaking, he felt called to join with others to protect and restore the planet out of his profound love for the earth. David also leads the architectural firm of Levitt Architects, based in Los Angeles, California and Boulder, Colorado and worked previously on large-scale civic, museum and cultural projects for the international firm of Mitchell/Giurgola Architects. Originally from Philadelphia, PA, David received his B.A. in Cultural Anthropology from Cornell University and his Master of Architecture degree from Yale University.

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Sam Sokyo Randall

Executive Director
Sam is passionate about helping people learn, heal, create and connect with each other. She brings over 30 years experience with creative programming, community organizing, design and installation art to the Arbor Community. Previously, Sam was the program manager for the CU Collegiate Recovery Center and creative director for madelife in Boulder, CO, and founder of circa|design and the Austin Arts Collaborative in Austin, TX; she has also served on the board of multiple non-profits locally and nationally. She received her MFA from Cranbrook Academy of Art and Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Kansas School of Architecture and Urban Design. Sam is a certified recovery coach and senior student with the Eon Zen Center in the White Plum Lineage.

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Blaine Alward

Volunteer Team
Blaine is an undergraduate in the Environmental Studies program at the University of Colorado Boulder. He intends to pursue further post-graduate education and complete a master’s program within the environmental field. Having spent much of his life on or near the water, Blaine hopes to focus his studies on maintaining clean waterways through engineered ecological processes. You can find him participating in the annual Boulder Creek Cleanup or aimlessly exploring Indian Peaks Wilderness. Blaine is also passionate about peer mentoring fellow students at the University of Colorado who are beginning to discover their path in recovery.