Art, sustainability, and the environment: Design process and implementation

Theme 4. Education
Session Name 4.14 Arctic design: Thinking our way out of the global change
Datetime Sep 07, 2018 10:15 AM - 10:25 AM (UTC +3)
Location Room 9
Presentation Type Oral
Presenter Herminia Din
Author(s) Herminia Din (University of Alaska Anchorage, USA)
Abstract text

The environment is a global concern. However, there are few activities where design and art education are used systematically and purposefully in lessons about the environment and sustainability. Art can be an effective way to address and explore socially relevant environmental issues and help participants to raise their own awareness of real world problems and develop social responsibility and critical thinking skills. Most importantly, art can contribute to increase awareness of these concerns especially given widespread interest in connections with the Arctic. The purpose of this presentation is to share several collaborative projects including Junk to Funk, Winter Design, Up-cycling Re:Made, and Place-based Eco Art. These projects had provided participants a positive impact in their understanding and shared responsibility for the environment. The goals of this presentation are (1) to encourage audiences to look at recycle and sustainable materials from a new perspective, (2) to reflect our relationship with the environment, and (3) to inspire further artistic creation to raise awareness of the Arctic. This topic is relevant to any art educator and designer at any level of practice as it (1) promotes reflective thinking about art and design, (2) allows for dialogue between participants about environmental issues, and (3) presents creative solutions as an action for change. The presentation will also set up a small “sustainable art exhibit” in the conference room, and invite participants to interactive with different objects created by students.

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