In The Bag: The Art And Politics Of The Reusable Bag Movement Exhibit Opens At Boston Children’s Museum

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Artists and communities working together to save the planet

“BCM’s ongoing “green” educational programs, policies, practices, and LEED Gold renovated building all demonstrate a commitment to sustainable practices and to communicate the importance of environmental stewardship to a new generation. In the Bag not on

In the Bag: The Art and Politics of the Reusable Bag Movement exhibit opens September 15, 2011 at Boston Children’s Museum (BCM). This exhibit traces the beginnings of the reusable bag movement and presents the growth of creative alternatives to the use of the convenience plastic shopping bag. Featuring a selection of beautifully designed reusable bags made from billboards, juice boxes, rice bags, and discarded plastic, the exhibition introduces grass roots recycling movements sprouting up in small resourceful communities such as the Philippines, Cambodia, India and Central America.

What happens when you throw a plastic bag away? It takes several life-times to degrade! Featuring beautifully hand-crafted bags and unique art installations, In the Bag tells a story about the power of individuals to make changes in their communities and improve the health of our planet by reducing our dependence on plastic bags.

“BCM’s ongoing “green” educational programs, policies, practices, and LEED Gold renovated building all demonstrate a commitment to sustainable practices and to communicate the importance of environmental stewardship to a new generation. In the Bag not only shares BCM’s green goals but allows us to grow a generation of artists and art appreciators that know art can be more dynamic and thought provoking than a traditional painting on a wall,” said Jennifer Jensen, Boston Children’s Museum Collections Manager.

Most of the bags are made by women around the world that started fair trade businesses. The exhibit highlights fashion designers using similar techniques to create extraordinary high fashion bags. Designers include Anya Hindmarch, Nahui Ollin, and GG2G. The exhibit also highlights the work of contemporary artists employing reusable processes and exploring the iconic and physical characteristics of plastic as a medium.

Featured Artists:
Miggs Burroughs        Virginia Fitzgerald         Virginia Fleck        
Julian Gilbert            Karen Guancione        Sarah Hollis Perry
Dan Price                Dan Steinhilber                Tyler Velten

“In the Bag documents the global environmental problems caused by plastic bags while presenting attractive re-usable alternatives from around the world. This colorful and compelling exhibit also illustrates the power of an individual to make change and a community to make a difference,” said Liz Milwe & Peter Wormser, In the Bag Exhibit Curators.

The modern global community is buzzing about environmental issues and the search for “greener” lifestyles. Thirty-three countries around the world, as well as a handful of United States cities, have already banned plastic bags due to the associated concerns of the affect of litter and the hazard to our wildlife and waters. The movement to ban plastic bags is a story of the power of the individuals to make change in their communities and work towards a sustainable future.

In the Bag is the fourth annual eco-inspired exhibition in the Gallery following the extremely successful Dirty Dozen, I See Trees and Heavy Metal exhibits.

In the Bag exhibit pieces will be for sale in Boston Children’s Museum Shop for the entire run September 15 – November 27, 2011 with a portion of the proceeds benefiting fair trade women coops around the world.

About Boston Children’s Museum
Boston Children’s Museum exists to help children understand and enjoy the world in which they live. It is a private, non-profit, educational institution that is recognized internationally as a research and development center and pacesetter for children's exhibitions, educational programs and curriculum. Boston Children’s Museum incorporates two strategies – engaging families and building communities – to impact five outcome areas for children: Creative Kids, Curious Kids, Global Kids, Green Kids and Healthy Kids. More information about Boston Children’s Museum can be found at http://www.BostonChildrensMuseum.org and become a fan of the Museum on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/BostonChildrensMuseum.

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