Welcome to ISCAP
April 22, 2020
This is a very different "Welcome to ISCAP letter." We began ISCAP in 2014, and through those years, we have grown in number of students and teachers participating with glorious climate artwork. Each welcome letter has been a celebration of the past year. And I do want to congratulate the teachers who somehow managed to send us their students’ climate art photos this year. For you see, every school (and practically everything else) was closed in mid-March due to the worldwide novel Corona virus COVID-19.
Today is the 50th anniversary of the first celebration of Earth Day.
Fifty years ago, some very forward-thinking folks put this day on the
world’s calendar. And ever since then, events have taken place all over the planet. The recognition grew from a few people, a few cities, a few countries to representation from the entire planet. Parades, protests, art exhibits, celebrations, information-sharing events. Events with more and more people present every year.
Until now. Until COVID-19 happened in December 2019. A dreadful novel corona virus that is wreaking havoc on people and economies around the globe. We have mastered some new vocabulary items: shelter in place, social distancing, physical distancing, six-feet space, novel corona virus, quarantine, pandemic, PPE, N95 face masks, ventilators. And more.
We are recognizing a new set of heroes who are putting their lives on the line every day: health care workers, first responders, police, scientists, sanitation workers, grocery store employees, delivery truck drivers. And more.
We are mastering technologies called Zoom and Face Time, with which we meet our friends and colleagues online. And more.
We’ve had to give up some things that one would consider normal: shaking hands, hugging, getting together with groups of friends, attending meetings and services at our houses of worship. And more.
Not everything is lost. We have a new appreciation for going for a walk outside, stopping to look at flowers, listening to birds singing. Listening to the silence.
Breathing fresh air. And more. Miraculously, the Earth, in these past weeks is showing signs of healing. There are reports of animals coming into cities and waterways. Of people being able to see mountains instead of smog.
I lament the hardships people are enduring. The list of those is long and sad. But who cannot be amazed at the change of the Earth itself, resting, breathing, recovering. When COVID-19 is finally contained and we return to normal behavior, I so fervently hope that something good will have come from this time of sorrow.
Carol Anderson, Founder and Coordinator
Welcome to ISCAP 2019-2020
I began the International Student Climate Art Project in 2014.
Now we’re embarking on our sixth amazing year.
As we begin this school year, we are ever more confronted with climate-change. No one can deny it.
As we continue with ISCAP, it’s all the more important to educate students about climate change.
Young people around the globe are making a difference, becoming climate activists, and innovators.
Greta Thunberg from Sweden is at present on a sailing ship to New York to attend youth climate events. I hope you will share her story with your students.
In order to share ISCAP with a wider public, we will post photos on Instagram and Facebook. Our webmaster, who has been with ISCAP five years, is incorporating innovative uses of Instagram. Therefore, expect to see #teamiscap often.
If you are not following #teamiscap, please do so right away.
We want to add photos of ISCAP teachers to #teamiscap on Instagram. If you will send me a statement of permission, we would love to post whatever photos we have of you.
Or send a new one. We’re not putting photos of students on Instagram. Just their artwork, and without any names.
We will accept new photos of your student’s ISCAP projects for the website starting in early spring 2020.
The deadline for submissions is March 15, 2020.
Please share ISCAP with your fellow teachers, families, friends. And keep in touch!
Founder and Coordinator Carol Anderson
Welcome to the International Student Climate Art Project website.
Happily, we have completed our fifth year of ISCAP.
What began in 2014 with a few schools, teachers, and students has grown to include many schools, teachers, and students from many locations. We’ve just finished posting our beautiful photos from
Our webmaster, a graduating senior at Georgia Southern University’s Armstrong Campus has worked diligently to add our new photos and make the website even more attractive and useful. Thank you, Chance Everette!
Welcome to two new schools from Savannah:
Coastal Empire Montessori, art teacher Bethany Norwood
Marshpoint Elementary, art teacher Sarah Ruffner.
Welcome to two new entities:
The Savannah Art Association’s ArtReach. Read more about this exciting and innovative program on this website.
Anthropocene is a climate art exhibit hosted by SCAD graduate student, Kathy Varadi. Read about it on this website.
This year, we held a new event on February 9—our first art show and sale. At this event, we invited local artists—both students and adults---to show their climate art. We had a large variety of 2-D and 3-D works, some created from repurposed or recycled materials. Some depicting the beauty of the earth; some depicting the problems associated with global climate change.
We thank Asbury Memorial Methodist church in Savannah for hosting us.
Thank you to Connect Savannah, the Savannah Morning News, and WTOC
television for helping us get the word out.
ISCAP participated in Savannah’s Earth Day celebration on April 20. Two schools with their student ambassadors, art teachers, and climate art displays were on hand all day to greet visitors and tell them about the wonderful projects. Heard Elementary STEM School and Coastal Empire Montessori taught interested visitors about solar ovens, penguin habitats, Monarch butterflies, and hermit crabs. Thank
you, Freddy Sanchez and Bethany Norwood for being there!
We are always looking for new schools to join ISCAP. If this is your cup of tea, look at the Participate page here, and contact us.
Welcome to all participants and friends of the
International Student Climate Art Project (ISCAP).
We’re celebrating ISCAP’s fifth year!
This spring we have several exciting new things going on:
On February 9, the first ISCAP art sale will take place in Savannah.
We are inviting local artists (adults and children) to donate art for a show and sale of artworks that depict
the earth’s climate and celebrate the earth’s beauty.
Proceeds will be used to help fund The International Student Climate Art Project (ISCAP) and begin a fund for mini-grants for art teachers. We thank Asbury Memorial United Methodist Church
for continuing to host ISCAP events.
In order to share ISCAP’s message more widely,
we will unveil our Instagram page and
our Facebook page in February 2019.
And of course, we continue with our beautiful website.
I am proud of all the artists and teachers who have, since 2014, created beautiful, thoughtful, inspirational climate artwork.Teachers have added ISCAP to their already too-busy days, making it possible for children to benefit in countless ways. Thank you all.
Founder and Coordinator Carol Anderson
Get ready to be amazed and delighted! Heard Elementary STEM Academy presents Spring Showcase on Monday, May 14, 2018---the students’ original, multi-media,multi-arts program about climate change.
This production was put on by elementary school students, from a public school in Savannah, Georgia. They studied and researched the science behind what is going on with the planet. Then they applied what they learned to create and perform an original script, with student actors, choral and instrumental musicians, and props made of recycled materials. Original animation and photography accompany the show on the big screen. This production's musical score is also original, composed by Anthony Sanchez, a professor of music and son of the director, Freddy Sanchez.Sound the trumpets! Beat the drums! Applaud!
Welcome back to the ISCAP website. We have many exciting things to share.
The website has been updated with the 2017-18 images.
Our webmaster, Chance Everette, has worked diligently on making it beautiful, easy to use, and correct. As always, if you see any error, please let me know right away.
Please look at the website! And the twitter page! (And follow!)
Then share, share, share with your students, colleagues, friends, family.
It’s up to us to pass the ISCAP message along.
I am so proud of all the teachers and students. Asking teachers to include “one more thing” in their lives is audacious. But then the enthusiastic responses “Yes, we can do it!” are incredible.Thank you to everyone who is part of this journey.
Upcoming events ISCAP events in Savannah, Georgia:
Wednesday, April 18, I’m showing an ISCAP power point for the Savannah Art Association. They have been generous in helping with ISCAP’s costs.
Saturday, April 21 is Earth Day Savannah in Forsyth Park. ISCAP will have a tent. At least two schools will be there with their students’ artwork.
Saturday, April 28 we will have an art show at Asbury Memorial United Methodist Church. All the Savannah area schools will be represented. And I will have a power point running on the big screen, of all the schools’ work.
In Order to Participate:
Contact Carol Anderson at
I encourage all of you to hold a local ISCAP
event wherever you live. Here’s a local Savannah event:
Local ISCAP student artists will display their work at Asbury Memorial
United Methodist Church in the social hall.
Saturday, April 28 from 1-4 pm.
Admission is free and open to the public.
Here is a list of ISCAP participation from 2014-2019:
4 Continents (North America, South America, Europe, Asia)
14 Cities Worldwide
15 Savannah-area Schools (Grades K-12)
Savannah-area schools and teachers 2014-2019:
Butler Elementary, Christina Parrish (art teacher)
Calvary Day School, Susan Barfield, (art teacher)
Garrison School of Visual and Performing Arts,
Briana Thayer and Amy Kidane (art teachers)
V.I.Heard Elementary STEM Academy,
Freddy Sanchez(art teacher), Angela Willis(science teacher),
and many classroom teachers
Hesse K-8 and St. Vincent’s Academy (two students, independent participation)
Pulaski Elementary, Sarah Jessica Ruffner (art teacher)
Richmond Hill Middle School, Tammy Luke, (art teacher)
Savannah Arts Academy, Carrie Chapman, (art teacher)
Southwest Elementary, Mary Beth Whitecotton (art teacher)
St. Vincent’s Academy, Savannah, Carmela Aliffi (art teacher)
Thunderbolt Elementary, Toni-Lyn Keller (art teacher)
Windsor Forest High School, Laura Sperry (art teacher)
Woodville-Tompkins High School, Sarah Wester, (facilitator)
Marshpoint Elementary, Sarah Ruffner (art teacher)
Coastal Empire Montessori, Bethany Norwood (art teacher)
Other schools in the U.S:
Evans, Georgia, River Ridge Elementary, Courtney Owen (art teacher)
Glasco, Kansas, Glasco High School, Heather Smith (art teacher)
Lake Saint Louis, Missouri, Stephanie Airoldi (classroom teacher)
Watkinsville, Georgia, Colham Ferry Elementary, Allyson Winter (art teacher)
Far-away schools and teachers:
Bel Ville, Argentina Escuela Fernando Fader Ana Pollano, art teacher
Brasilia, Brazil Technical High School CED 01 Antonio Oliveira, teacher
Colmar, France Lycee Bartholdi Marc Schmitt, English teacher
La Carlota, Argentina Escuela Primaria Cabildantes Ivana Zarate, teacher
La Serena, Chile Alonso de Ercilla School Alfonso Casanova Araya, facilitator
Pisek, Czech Republic Obchodni Academi Eva Chovancova, teacher
Vaxjo, Sweden Ringbergskolan Cecilia Lindblom and Lars Palm, teachers
Wiesbaden, Germany Hainerberg Elementary Lucia Lynch, gifted teacher
Also: two Savannah students who grew up in Singapore, and
one student from Afghanistan who now lives in Savannah
Who are the creative people searching for solutions?
They are people of all ages, countries, languages, races, religions, and politics. Young people are especially good at creating and inventing ways to show the problem. They have zest, passion, and openness to embrace new ideas.
What is climate art?
Climate art is any artistic expression of climate change.It might be a drawing, a collage, or a painting about sea-rise. It mightbe a musical composition about temperature fluctuations. It might be a poem about an endangered animal. It might be a 3-D model of climate data. It might be an individual project or a group project.
Why should we have a climate art project?
Graphs, charts, books, lectures all serve their purpose to spread information. But art has the potential to change people, to convince people to act, to convince them that climate change is real, and to convince them that they can be part of the solution.
When did the project begin?
Planning began in September 2014. We began inviting schools in November 2014. In August 2015, we started a website with student climate artwork. More schools and locations have joined the project since.
Who are the participants?
Student artists in Georgia, Kansas, the Czech Republic, Argentina, Chile,
France, Germany, Sweden! And maybe more!
Who is organizing the project?
Carol Anderson, Savannah, Georgia, is the FOUNDER and COORDINATOR.
She is a retired adjunct professor of Spanish at Armstrong State University in Savannah. As a career teacher, she taught English, German, and Spanish in high schools in Texas, Louisiana, and Georgia. In her spare time, she enjoys being with family, painting and drawing, playing the clarinet, petting dogs, planting flowers, and traveling to distant places.
Who has helped with us organize?
James N. Anderson, former Head of International Education, Armstrong State University Catriona Schaefer, Teacher Specialist for Visual Arts, Savannah/Chatham County Public School System, Chance Everette, Website Designer, Georgia Southern University Alumni, and Rachel Green, Professor of Art, Armstrong State University.
Who is endorsing the project in Savannah, Georgia?
The Savannah Art Association
The Greater Savannah International Alliance
Savannah/Chatham County Public School System
Armstrong State University Office of International Education