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Press Release May 2016

 

Oatland Island Wildlife Center Welcomes International Student Climate Arts Project

(ISCAP)(SAVANNAH, GA) Oatland Island Wildlife Center will showcase students’ works of 

climate art from May 15-31.  Projects created by students from local schools will be 

displayed in the Conference Room at Oatland Island.  In addition to the local 

students’ artworks, a power point video will show the work of students from 

Kansas, Argentina, Chile, the Czech Republic, and Singapore.

  

The International Student Climate Arts Project is an ongoing project, which focuses 

on students’ awareness of and creative responses to global warming.  In this the 

second year of the project, ISCAP has more than doubled the number of schools 

participating and locations.  Art teachers and students are encouraged to focus on 

what is happening in their specific region and solutions to problems.

 

The exhibit at Oatland Island Wildlife Center will be unveiled with an opening 

ceremony on Sunday, May 15, 2016 at 1 p.m. in the Conference Room in the main 

building.  Entrance to Oatland Island is $5.00 per adult, $3.00 per child. Children 3 

and under are free.  The student artists and their families and friends, as well as the 

general public, are invited at attend.

 

ISCAP developer and coordinator Carol Anderson says, “Climate art is a growing 

genre of creative art.  Worldwide, artists are expressing their reactions to global 

warming.  While charts, graphs, tables, and books all have their place, the arts have 

the power to change people’s minds about climate change, to awaken them, and to 

inspire solutions.”

 

ISCAP includes visual art and poetry in 2015-16, such as 2-D, 3-D art, individual and 

collaborative projects, installations, and “happenings.”  It includes teachers and 

students from elementary grades through high school.  They come from twelve 

schools, in seven cities, located in five countries, on four continents.

For more information about the International Student Climate Arts Project, visit 

www.iscapartproject.com

 

ABOUT OATLAND ISLAND WILDLIFE CENTER

Oatland Island Wildlife Center is a unit of the Savannah-Chatham County 

School System and serves as a field study site for students throughout the region. It 

features the 2 mile “Native Animal Nature Trail” that winds through maritime forest, 

freshwater wetlands and salt marsh habitats and links many native animal exhibits 

such as wolves, alligator and cougar.  Oatland is located 5 miles east of Savannah off 

Islands Expressway and is open daily to the public for self guided tours from 10:00-

4:00, except Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years.  For more information call 

912-395-1500, or visit www.oatlandisland.org.

Welcome to ISCAP (International Student Climate Project)

 

Coordinator’s Message

 

Welcome to the second year of ISCAP!

We are growing in number of schools and places.

More and more student artists are raising awareness of the effects of 

climate change where they live.  And they are thinking about creative 

solutions to the problems.

 

This year we expanded the project to include elementary schools. 

We are also inviting students to compose climate music, and write 

climate poetry.  And because of that, we changed our name to 

International Student Climate Arts Project.    

I had wonderful opportunities to travel this year, and every place I went,

I heard people talking about climate change and its effects.  To give a 

few examples:

 

  • In Siena, Italy, the mushrooms are not arriving on time because it’s too wet and warm.

 

  • In Singapore, the sky is perpetually hazy.

 

  • In Amsterdam, everyone is concerned about sea-rise.

 

  • In France, the hedgehogs are endangered because of the fluctuating temperatures.

 

  • In Argentina and Chile, it rains too much.

 

  • In Savannah, Georgia, people are concerned about frequent flooding of the causeway to the barrier island.

 

We’re excited to announce that Savannah-Chatham County Public 

Schools will host an ISCAP art show in May 2015 at 

Oatland Island Educational Center.  Local ISCAP artists will display their 

work to the public.  And we will show the ISCAP website so that 

everyone can see the art from other areas of the world.  It’s going to be

exciting!

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 developer 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

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