COMBINING ART AND SCIENCE
Wild animals today are facing mass extinction. Scientific understanding of what we need to do to save species is only part of the solution. We need art informed by science to help people understand how interdependent we are, and that our continued success as a species depends on a healthy and diverse animal kingdom.
We develop programs and organize exhibits that encourage artists interested in conservation to get more involved and informed by collaborating with scientists who work in conservation. We want this work to result in art that is both informed by the facts and emotionally charged. We believe such art will engage the public more fully and more effectively. We further believe the need for these collaborations and the resultant art is more necessary than ever for the well-being of all species.
Artwork created through interaction between scientists and artists reaches its widest and most diverse audience online and in exhibits that include galleries and museums as well as schools, libraries, and gathering places such as coffee shops, bookstores, assisted living facilities, banks, hotel lobbies, office buildings, and other public venues.
Our programs include artists internships, one-health research, saving species workshops, and travel courses. Since 2016, we have supported artist internships at Foster Parrots, International Fund for Animal Welfare, and Mystic Aquarium. We offer a variety of art/science study opportunities, from formal classes to travel courses and workshops. Our exhibits include an online gallery of artwork by rising artists and we organize a major exhibit every two years. In 2016, our first exhibit brought artists and scientists together to explore the Wildlife Trade and Conservation. In 2018, our second will be Urban Wildlife: Learning to Co-Exist.