Lowering our Carbon Footprint

Youth Art Event

Event Date: June 13th 9am to 2pm Location: Tugboat Bay Beach, Kelowna

(the one by the Dolphins).

Local performance artist and scholar Jeannette Angel will be showcasing two of her environmental ethics art pieces as part of the Wild Festival for Youth: Lowering our Carbon Footprint, and Planted on Point: Living Wall Design. These participatory and interactive art works are intended to help youth build a stronger, more meaningful personal connection to nature through the expressive arts.

The Wild Festival for Youth educates youth about sustainability and environmental responsibility while establishing camaraderie and sense of community between all age groups and the environment. Both the event and Ms. Angel’s pieces help promote and foster youth participation in environmental, educational and art programs offered by organizations across the Okanagan Valley.

Lowering Our Carbon Footprint:

Starting with a discussion about what a carbon footprint is, students will then experience (as participant or witness) an art activity where a student can leave his/her own blue paint carbon footprints on three successive cloth scrolls, gradually reducing the size of the print. On the first scroll the student is encouraged to walk barefoot alone, the second on tip toe with some support and the third scroll two assistants help the student complete the walk using ballet pointe shoes. After students have left a trace of their walk (footprint), they will share comments about how using a smaller footprint feels and what it might mean in their everyday lives.

Planted on Pointe: Living Wall Design:

Students will participate in a collaborative design phase of a living wall project. The goal is to use embodied art activity as a way of developing innovative thinking and problem solving capacities. Students will get pointe shoes, soil, plants, paper and pens and will be given the opportunity of putting the soil and plants in the pointe shoe and then designing living wall construction ideas on paper showing how the shoes can be suspended.

Jeannette Angel is an ecological artist and permaculture garden educator as well as being a PhD student in Critical and Creative Studies at the University of British Columbia. Jeannette has an extensive background in dance and performance and she has also taught in schools as a movement and art specialist and as a French language teacher.

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