Arts and sustainability

custom designed programs for schools, centers and communities

Students at the Alberta College of Art and Design work with plastic bags.

Students at the Alberta College of Art and Design work with plastic bags.

 

Sustainable Practices in the Arts

Modeled after Artichokeā€™s practice of upcycling materials for productions, programs target materials for waste reduction, and collect and utilize them to create sets, costumes, sculptures, or other objects. Concurrently waste reduction campaigns and strategies are implemented and tracked. Alternate use proposition of the materials demonstrates them as valuable, whereas we often consider them as useless, and introduces closed loop systems thinking.

Currently we are working with Rider University targeting plastic bags and to-go food containers, creating costumes and sets for a dance production in which students will perform with Artichoke Dance Company. Also, in connection with Future Currents: The LA River, students at California State University are creating homeless housing prototypes, instruments and sculptures out of Arundo Donax, an invasive reed that grows in the river which we have harvested, and recycled bottle plastic.

Programs are ideal for universities and can bring together the work of arts, sciences, engineering and sustainability.