The Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University (FAMU) Sustainability Institute is presenting the Art of Sustainability campus and community art competition and exhibition through Nov. 19.
The Art of Sustainability initiative recognizes and celebrates the interdisciplinary nature of re-imagining and achieving ecological balance using art to disrupt silos.
The initiative hopes to inspire collaborative, co-creations that bridge art, science, and technology and add richness to the global discourse on sustainability.
Artist-in-Residence Kabuya Pamela Bowens-Saffo, founder of the Collaborative ARTS Projects (CAP), designed the campus-wide art competition and exhibitions as a preliminary “think-tank” experience.
Selected entries from the competition will be used to develop mural concepts for the newly established FAMU Recycling Center. The mural will be unveiled during Earth Week in April 2016.
Themes for the event address artistic expressions around climate change, climate justice, and community resilience. Three-dimensional creations also will explore the innovative use of recycled materials to make “thinker toys” and robots from aluminum cans, chandeliers from plastic bottles and “fashion swag” wearables from cardboard and paper. This inaugural exhibition is not only a celebration of art, but it also provides a glimpse into the world of possibilities when the toughest global challenges are approached creatively.
For more information, please call the Sustainability Institute at (850) 599-8231 or visit sustainability.famu.edu.