Sunday, September 11 · 1:00pm - 4:00pm
To learn more about the Inside the Overpass project, and other neighborhood greening efforts in Tucson visit: http://29thstreetcommunity
We propose the creation of a National Green Arts Corps. The major goal of the NGAC will be to create a program that employs artists to work with community centers, businesses, and Green Job Training Centers. In this way, artists can contribute, along with other sectors of the society, to developing long-range solutions to our nation’s aesthetic, environmental and economic development.
by Greg Patch
We can honor the environment with “beautiful” imagery, but, until we begin to use materials that are not toxic to ourselves and the environment we are not realising the energies involved.
- most paintings/paints are composed of toxic chemicals,
petro-oils, plastics and heavy metals along with
preservatives and fungicides like formaldehyde
- most paintings/paints also produce off gases that
increase the toxicity of the environment in which they are
manufactured and displayed.
- present labeling of art materials as non-toxic is solely regulated
by self interested fine art paint industry representatives.
Please take a few moments to visit my website gallery http://www.greenartstudio.com. The medium I use is beeswax (a sustainable) and pigments carefully selected for their non toxic characteristics. They are “food container safe”. The papers I am using are sustainably harvested plant based materials or recycled cotton fabric. More in depth writing on toxins in the visual arts can be found on my website at http://www.greenartstudio.com/beeswax.html
This summer I presented these materials in a class for elementary age students at our local community center and to adults at a local art facility. Both groups were excited with the materials and in integrating environmental awareness/lifestyle in their art work.
Congratulations on your historic victory. As President of the United States of America you bring a powerful spirit of hope and optimism to a time of great uncertainty about our economy and the environment.
I am releasing this letter into the electronic seas in the hope that it will get forwarded and reposted and somehow make its miraculous way to you so that you will consider the emerging role of ecological art as part of your future vision for this country.
Artists around the world are addressing the needs of communities and ecosystems through collaborative projects with engineers, educators, restoration scientists and park managers. Many of these projects help raise awareness of environmental issues, engage the public in solving problems creatively and beautifully, and reconnect people to local history and restore a sense of place.
One inspiring project in Vintondale, Pennsylvania, for example, by a group called AMD&ART, involved artists, historians, landscape architects and engineers, soil and water restoration specialists, the Bureau of Surface Mining, numerous public and private funding sources, Vista volunteers and hundreds of community members. Inspired by the hope that a polluting liability could be turned into an asset, they transformed a landscape devastated by coal mining into an artful park that connects residents to local mining history, provides recreational facilities and neutralizes the acid mine drainage (AMD) from old mines through a series of attractive limestone-lined ponds and an educational wetlands area.
This combination of function, design, history and culture is part of a rapidly growing movement of artists and their collaborators who are addressing food production, water, erosion, habitat restoration, climate change and countless other environmental and social issues through the arts. The practical hard work and spirited public service you call for can also be fun, beautiful and healing.
Art is a powerful tool for communication and can be highly effective at engaging and educating our children and at encouraging collaboration to address entrenched problems in creative and innovative ways. The following ideas have emerged recently from a wide range of discussions and suggestions from colleagues in the field of ecological art. I ask that you seriously consider them as you look towards renewing a sense of civic pride, public service and ecological stewardship in our country. Art has an important role to play healing our nation and restoring hope.
Here is how you can help:
The challenging path ahead does not have to emerge out of fear or desperation. Indeed, if we are to truly thrive and heal our nation and the Earth, it cannot. Please consider this as you set your priorities for the next four years and beyond. A more sustainable future must be effective and practical as well as delicious and inspiring. That's ecological art and we need more of it.
Many of my colleagues and countless artists and restoration specialists across the US and around the world would love to help with this. Are you ready to work with us?
Mission: greenmuseum.org helps people create, present and appreciate art that heals our relationship with the natural world.