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Eco-Arts Salons are events that bring together those active in creating environmental art with interested community members and  representatives of environmental/community groups interested in using art to advance their social or environmental goals. These events serve as a venue for dialogue and for people from a variety of backgrounds to connect professionally and socially.

Community-engaged Eco-Arts is one of the three program priorities selected by the  Community Arts Council of Vancouver. This council organizes Eco-Arts Salons (artist talks/art-making events) and community-based public art projects.

Eco Art Team

Pierre Leichner – Board Representative

If you’re interested in volunteering to support this series of projects and our Eco-Art Salons, send a note to with a short bio and an indication of your interests.


Environmental Arts Advisory Committee

Terms of Reference


In 2009, the Community Arts Council of Vancouver identified, “Be a leader in the developing field of environmental art” as one of the top three program priorities of CACV.

A. Goals

The purposes of the Environmental Arts Advisory Committee are to:

  1. Provide overall direction and support for the development of environmental arts activities
  2. Develop policies and procedures related to environmental arts.
  3. Encourage environmental, community and arts groups to engage with CACV in this priority.
  4. Seek advice and assistance from the broader community including arts organizations in raising awareness of and engagement with environmental arts.
  5. Provide recommendations to the CACV board on fundraising and grant opportunities in this area
  6. Provide recommendations to the CACV board on the appropriate criteria and advisory structure for expanding our impact in this area.

B. Operating Principles:

The following principles will inform the operations of the Committee:

  • Forming partnerships and connections
  • Co-creation of environmental art
  • Diversity of participation
  • Linking with existing communities
  • Engagement with ecologists, artists and communities.
  • To support sculptural land art and also other genres, such as filmmaking, theatre, music with the goals of environmental awareness or action.

In addition the Environmental Arts Committee is guided by the following CACV values:

·Accountability: To be transparent and responsive by issuing open calls for artists and partners.

·Contribution: To create opportunities for everyone to contribute and to learn by initiating events that engage with people a variety of ages, educational and expertise and occupational backgrounds.

·Community: To encourage active participation and collaboration in community life by initiating and responding to community groups and agencies as partners in the creation of environmental art and dialogue about this emerging field.

·Diversity: To be open and inclusive by hosting events in a variety of geographical neighbourhoods and especially with partners who include diversity as a core value in their own work.

·Creativity: To support the role of the artist in bringing out the creativity and the artist in everyone by engaging, supporting and promoting Vancouver-based environmental artists in projects, discussions and dialogue on CACV engagement with this field.

·Meaning: To bring to light the beauty of people and their communities, the issues of social justice that challenge people and communities, and the opportunities for healing within our communities by overtly setting the context of environmental art projects and dialogues as focused on expanding people’s awareness of and sense of empowerment to affect environmental planetary issues and act with integrity and creativity in having a positive impact locally and globally. The goal is to give individual and collective voice, hope and meaning to people’s lives.

C. Responsibilities

The Advisory Committee is responsible for the following tasks:

  1. Making recommendations through the CACV board representative to the CACV Board with respect to the overall purpose and direction.
  2. Seeking feedback from ecologists, artists, environmental groups and community groups on the mandate and strategic directions of CACV engagement in this area.
  3. Identifying and applying for grants to establish environmental arts activity as a sustainable and ongoing activity and priority.
  4. Making recommendations through the CACV board representative to the CACV board on the best organizational structures for advancing this field.

D. Specific Instructions

  1. The Committee shall meet on an ad hoc basis as requested by the board representative, but at least three times per year.
  2. The Committee shall support the CACV board representative in preparing an annual budget for submission to the CACV Treasurer (July 1 – June 30)
  3. The Committee shall help the CACV board representative to prepare an annual report by September of each year for the previous fiscal year.

E. Committee Membership

The Committee shall consist of the CACV board representative, a chair or co-chairs (appointed by the CACV Board) and shall include at least three other individuals invited by the CACV board representative or the chair. The Administrator and Board President shall serve as an ex-officio member of the Committee. Additional individuals may be invited to join a particular meeting when their input, feedback and expertise is sought for the topic of that meeting.

F. Lines of Communication

  1. Report to the CACV Board Representative and to the CACV Board at least annually.
  2. Report to CACV members at the Annual General Meeting and through regular newsletters and bulletins through the CACV board representative.

Approved by CACV Board October 28, 2010