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
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.
International Student Climate Art Project (ISCAP)
News from Carol Anderson, ISCAP Founder and Coordinator
August 1, 2016
Welcome to the third year of ISCAP! Welcome to returning participants, and
welcome to new participants. I’m so thrilled that we are continuing this project.
Let me update you on our progress so far.
In the first year, 2014-15, a total of 5 schools participated.
They represented 3 cities, 2 countries, and 2 continents. A great beginning!
By the end of the second year, 2015-16, a total of 14 schools participated,
representing 7 cities, 5 countries, and 4 continents. And we added our first poet.
The amazing participants are from:
Savannah, Georgia, Richmond Hill, Georgia, and Glasco, Kansas
La Carlota, Argentina, and Bel Ville, Argentina
La Serena, Chile, Pisek, Czech Republic, and Singapore
We’re growing! What does that mean?
1. More students, teachers, colleagues, and families are aware of climate change
and have a deeper appreciation of our precious planet.
2. Students have created art, learned about famous artists, and experimented
with various art media and styles.
3. Students have studied the science of climate change and have incorporated it
into wonderful works of art.
4. Students and teachers have had the opportunity to share their art and their
artist statements with a global audience on the ISCAP website.
5. Students have had opportunities to display their art in their schools, in
newspapers, on TV, and in exhibits.
What are our plans for our third year of ISCAP?
1. We will continue to invite teachers and students to participate. I hope that all the
former participants will join us again this year.
2. We are making the website easier to use and more attractive.
3. We will continue to use Google Drive as the method to transmit photos of
artworks and students, and artist statements. Instructions will be shared later.
4. The deadline for submitting photos of artwork, photos of students, and their
artist statements is November 15, 2016. Yes, earlier this year.
5. In Savannah, we plan to host our second ISCAP art exhibit at Oatland Island
Wildlife Center in January 2017. We will display the original works of local
students, and we will show the far-away students’ works on a big screen. I hope
other cities will also display their ISCAP art in a school or community event.
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