International Student Climate Art Project (ISCAP)
News from Carol Anderson, ISCAP Founder and Coordinator
March 1, 2017
The third year of ISCAP is now well underway. It’s exciting to see the artwork and read what the students have to say about the climate.
This year, we have added schools in Sweden, France, Germany, two new schools in Chile, and one new school in Argentina. Additionally, we have some new participants in Savannah. Returning schools are from the Czech Republic, Argentina, Chile, Kansas, Richmond Hill and Savannah (Georgia).
At ISCAP we understand “art” to mean more than the visual arts. Our art includes poetry and prose, and this year we have an array of writing for you to consider.
Thank you, students and teachers, so much for your willingness to participate. You have made beautiful art and written thoughtful prose and poetry.
This spring we plan two exhibits in Savannah. I hope that our more distant ISCAP participants will plan an exhibit in their own cities.
For our first exhibit, we will have a table at Savannah’s celebration of Earth Day, on April 15 in beautiful Forsyth Park. We will join many groups who love the planet.
Our second exhibit will take place the afternoon of April 22 at the Savannah Art Association Gallery in downtown Savannah. We will show the website and talk about the project.
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. In 2015-2016, more schools and locations have joined the project.
Who is participating?
Student artists in Georgia, Kansas, the Czech Republic, Argentina, Chile,
and Singapore! 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 organization?
James N. Anderson, Head of International Education, Armstrong State University
Catriona Schaefer, Teacher Specialist for Visual Arts, Savannah/Chatham County
Public School System, Chance Everette and Shae Tennhouse, Student Website Designers, Armstrong State University 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