On March 15th, 2012, Pamela Donohoo performed her piece, “A Sustainable Movement,” at University of California, Irvine’s Engineering Plaza. The event was in part of the Center for Unconventional Security Affairs’s 2012 Sustainability Lecture Series. The event was also 100% free to the public, 100% outdoor, and 100% spiritually natural.
Pamela Donohoo is the founding artist and Director of CUSA’s Environment Art and Human Security (eARTh) Studio. She is also a performing artist, aerialist, dancer, gymnast, choreographer and artistic director. Pamela received her bachelor’s degree in Cultural and Social Anthropology from Stanford University. She has traveled extensively throughout southern Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean, and has completed field research projects and has worked with NGOs, clinics and nonprofit organizations in South Sudan, South Africa and India.
She summarizes, “the intention of my art is to express a story that generates thought, discussion and action in our community- a story that can catalyze the change that we so desperately hunger for.”
Also, in a message to students who would be seeing her performance, she states:
“I like to think about renaissance art. Art that was respected. Art that was so forward looking that it truly gave a voice to progress. In the past art has led us into a new era of human development, thought, science and democracy. We are now at that point again, at a point where the arts have the potential to lead us into new ways of thinking about and caring for our world.
Our world is unsustainable, from our work lives, to our education systems, to how we treat the environment and how we treat one another. In expressing sustainability in our world today I would like to take a moment to think about how art can be a movement and how a movement can create a sustainable future.”
For a full glimpse of the eARTh Studio Director’s artistic expression, please view the video below.