he Environment Art and Human Security (eARTh) Studio was founded in 2011 by artist and former research center manager, Pamela Donohoo, as part of the Center for Unconventional Security Affairs at the University of California, Irvine. The eARTh Studio has two main objectives: First, to support and highlight art that inspires action around sustainability and human security; and second, to create a platform for the sustainability of art. The eARTh studio believes that art serves as a catalyst for dialogue and engagement on issues that are often polarizing and difficult to address. The universal language of art gives humanity an opportunity to learn, engage, connect and act on meaningful issues in new and profound ways. There are a number of ground breaking artists speaking to and coming up with creative approaches to some of the world’s most pressing issues. However, many of the most thought provoking artists are not getting due attention. The eARth Studio aims to highlight inspiring artists, as well as give them an opportunity to engage wider audiences on issues surrounding the environment, sustainability and human security.
Human Security and Art
According to the 2003 Report of the UN Commission on Human Security, “Human security means protecting vital freedoms. It means protecting people from critical and pervasive threats and situations, building on their strengths and aspirations. It also means creating systems that give people the building blocks of survival, dignity and livelihood. To do this, it offers two general strategies: protection and empowerment. Protection shields people from dangers. Empowerment enables people to develop their potential and become full participants in decision-making.”
The eARTh studio produces and promotes art that raises awareness and challenges our normative ways of thinking about protecting and empowering individuals and communities around the world. The first production in this area was a live dance performance and the simultaneous creation of a movement based visual art piece that explored women in the mist of war and women as facilitators of peace. Through innovative projects and productions the eARTh studio hopes to move international communities and governments toward positive changes that protect and empower the world’s most vulnerable communities.
Sustainability and Art
The eARTh Studio views “sustainability and art” as art that informs, grapples with, and innovates around the challenges to sustainability- environmentally, socially and economically. The Studio is also interested in quality works that are sustainable in and of themselves. Through exhibitions, performances, and public education the eARTh Studio hopes to inspire students, business leaders, community members, and activists to work together in taking meaningful action toward a sustainable future.
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