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Ecoart in Action: Fostering Social and Ecological Change

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Contributors to the book Ecoart in Action will share creative approaches for engaging communities and learners in ecoart practices.

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ART + EDUCATION No. 5

Ecoart in Action: Fostering Social and Ecological Change

This presentation provides an overview of Ecoart in Action: Activities, Case Studies, and Provocations for Classrooms and Communities. Compiled from 67 members of the Ecoart Network—many of whom are also WEAD members—Ecoart in Action stands as a field guide for ecoart practice. It provides adaptable strategies for engaging a wide range of learners within a variety of learning environments.

WEAD member-artists Vaughn Bell, Susan Hoenig, and Loraine Leeson—all contributors to Ecoart in Action —will share creative approaches for engaging communities and learners in ecoart practices. Susan Steinman, one of the co-founders of both the Ecoart Network and WEAD, will serve as moderator for a Q&A with the presenters; book co-editors Amara Geffen, Ann Rosenthal, Chris Fremantle, and Aviva Rahmani; and attendees.

The Ecoart Network is an international network of artists, scientists, curators, historians, and activists who are committed to the search for and implementation of creative solutions to the climate crisis and ecocide. In 2016, members of the network began to explore the idea of producing a book together. Sixty-seven of our 220+ members contributed to the resulting book, Ecoart in Action: Activities, Case Studies, and Provocations for Classrooms and Communities, which was just published by New Village Press.

Twenty-one of the book’s contributing authors are also members of WEAD. In turn, many Ecoart Network and WEAD members are also members of ecoartspace, revealing important overlaps among these three pivotal groups that focus on ecoart practices. WEAD was organized in 1996 and by 1999 both the Ecoart Network and ecoartspace had emerged, connecting increasing numbers of artists engaged in ecoart, social practice, and more traditional forms of art focused on issues of environmental and planetary concern.

Why does this work matter?

Ecoart practice has expanded in the 26 years since WEAD was formed. Many members of WEAD, the Ecoart Network, and ecoartspace work within and with communities, listening (to the land), marshalling social capital, and serving as change agents in support of healthy ecosystems, environmental and social justice, and community resilience. This presentation will provide an opportunity to learn about Ecoart in Action and consider the interconnections among the Ecoart Network, WEAD, and ecoartspace, opening up a wider conversation about ecoart.

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We are charging $2 per ticket but invite you to pay more if you can as an expression of gratitude for WEAD’s Art + Education series. For larger donations you may go to DONATE here at our Paypal donation page.

Thank you, your donation will help us to make our website even more effective at showcasing ecoartists’ work and connecting them with curators, scientists, educators-- and each other.

In our Art+Education web series we will present artist educators who actively use art as a tool to build community and create positive social and ecological change.

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Image 1: ECOART IN ACTION: THREE EXAMPLES (left) Book Cover, New Village Press; (clockwise) Vaughn Bell, “Percorso d'acqua/Path of water”, photo credit: Vaughn Bell; Susan Hoenig, aerial view of “American Chestnut Leaf Sculpture” Mountain Lakes Nature Preserve, Princeton, New Jersey, photo credit: Frank Sauer; Loraine Leeson, “Waterwheel in Situ at Three Mills” 2017, photo credit: Loraine Leeson.

Image 2: AMARA GEFFEN "SELFIE" HOLDING ECOART IN ACTION BOOKS, photo credit: Amara Geffin

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