Each Eco-Arts Salon features a presentation by an environmental artist – stimulating dialogue around questions such as ‘What does it mean to be an environmental artist?’ and ‘What is the potential for community engaged environmental art in Vancouver?’ Each artist is also asked to facilitate a hands-on component as part of their salon such as writing a group story or making plaster crafts. The Eco-Arts Salons take place on the fourth Wednesday of every month from 7-9pm at the Roundhouse Community Art and Recreation Centre.
You are invited to suggest an artist or offer to present yourself. Just send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with your recommendation and a description of the salon you propose.
The objectives of the Eco-Arts Salons are to:
- Organize monthly Eco-Arts Salons with approximately 40 people attending each
- Bring together those active in creating environmental art, with people interested in environmental art, and representatives of environmental or community groups interested in using art to advance their social or environmental goals.
- Serve as a venue for dialogue, and for people from a variety of backgrounds to connect professionally and socially.
Specific objectives for Eco-Arts Salons
- To create a dialogue
- To be a venue for people passionate about / involved in environmental art to connect professionally and socially.
- To present one artist’s take on environmental art and use that as a platform for a discussion that relates to our overall goals. Guideline questions could include
- How do you locate yourself in the environmental arts movement?
- What do you call yourself – environmental artist, land artist, and what about that draws you or excites you? – what does that term mean to you?
- Where do you see opportunities between environmental art and community engaged art?
- In general and in Vancouver what are the greatest opportunities and challenges of environmental arts at this point?
- How did your project change physically and metaphorically over time in the community?
- What role can community environmental arts play in giving a voice to social and environmental issues?
- What is your relationship with material that you use to create art?