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Artists for the Earth™

Harnessing the Power of Art for the Earth.

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Time Magazine – Art Doesn’t Just Imitate Life. It Infuses It With a Radical Kind of Hope.

Sculpted, painted on a canvas, choreographed in a dance, composed for an orchestra or a rock band, written in a poem, a novel or a play – Art has the power to influence and inspire. Through its medium, Art acts as a mirror to society illuminating the human condition in ways beyond science and fact. It distills experience and through it, can raise questions, reveal a conflict or a dilemma, and communicate ideas across cultures and irrespective of borders. It can elicit emotion, deepen understanding, and help to galvanize a movement.

In 1970, the first Earth Day became the fulcrum, the flash point that ignited the first stand against the degradation of our planet’s ecosystems. Credited with launching the modern environmental movement, Earth Day made the passage of landmark environmental laws possible and created an engaged and committed citizenry. It mobilized a nation… and then a world.

As Earth Day reaches its milestone 50th Anniversary in April 2020, nature and the environment are faced with enormous challenges from loss of biodiversity, pollution, degradation of our ecosystems, and climate change. Now Art must tell the stories and paint the pictures to personalize the challenges and illuminate the pathway to hope and change.

Ways to join
Earth Day’s 50th Anniversary on April 22nd 2020 offers a unique and potent opportunity for artists and art institutions to engage once again in facing our collective challenge and reigniting that demand for sweeping change. During the year leading up to and including Earth Day, Artists for the Earthtm will collaborate with artists and cultural institutions by sharing information and resources and promoting their work through an interactive website. Our goal is to leverage the Earth Day 2020 platform to harness the power of art in the following ways:

  • Promote artistic work/exhibits/performances/installations and programming around environmental themes
  • Partner with artists and art institutions
  • Enlist educators to integrate arts into their curricula and programming through tools and lesson plans
  • Create and communicate resources for community and civic participation
  • Promote measures for sustainability and best environmental practices in the arts
  • Engage traditional and social media to expand the message and reach of the campaign

Our strategy is to build strong partnerships and to inspire audiences, especially young people, with artistic content, media and resources to increase the relevance of environmental issues in our daily lives and priorities.

Today, musical composers, songwriters and performers, artists, sculptors, poets and writers are using the power of their art as a way to express our common humanity and use their inspiration to both raise awareness and mobilize environmental activism around the world.


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