David Brower Center Hosts the First California-WCA Eco-Arts Conference

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Spend the day being green on June 25th. Artist from around the country come together to discuss art, the environment and showcase their environmentally-friendly art. Go to the eco-art conference at David Brower center in Berkeley, followed by the June 26th Blue Planet art show at SOMArts in San Francisco. Connect with artists who are combining their artistic voices to discuss their concerns about local and global environmental problems and solutions.

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Many artists advocate for issues such as social justice, politics, the environment, etc.

The California chapters of the Women’s Caucus for the Arts (WCA) announced today that they are bringing together artists to discuss the various forms of eco-art, how artists collaborate with their communities, and what activists projects they are involved in. The Elements Eco-Conference will be held at the David Brower Center in Berkeley, Calif., June 25-28.

“Many artists advocate for issues such as social justice, politics, the environment, etc.,” said Priscilla Otani (lead organizer of the Elements Eco-Conference). “Yet many artistic materials are toxic, creating a dilemma for us.”

The Elements eco-conference features:

  • Panels by eco-artists and ecologists
  • Eco-film festival
  • Gourmet box lunch
  • Discussion groups
  • Art-making
  • Performances
  • Activism awards ceremony

Panels include “Eco-Art: Past, Present and Future” with Susan Leibovitz Steinman, Deborah Thomas and Ruth Wallen. “Collaboration and Community” with Jennifer Colby, Susan Leibovitz Steinman, Deborah Munk and Tierney Thys and “Activism: Making a Difference” with Samantha Fields, Michelle Lapinski, Beverly Naidus, Daniella Russo and Andree Singer Thompson.

The eco-film festival includes: “Dirty Secret” from Strange Days on Planet Earth (a National Geographic Society series), "Fierce Green Fire" by Mark Kitchell, and yet to be named films by Basia Irland, a noted documentary filmmaker.

“Capacitor”, San Francisco’s inter-disciplinary dance company makes a special appearance at the conference.

This conference features interactive activities such as:

  • Participate in Recycling, at the conference you'll help by bringing an old conference badge (or two) and decorating them.
  • Postcard Trading, bring postcards made with recycled materials and trade them with others.
  • Join discussion groups over lunch on current eco-topics.

The eco-art activism award ceremony and reception, presenting the Califia Award, is at the end of the day. The Califia Awards are to be presented to California women visual art professionals' with outstanding career achievements in the field of eco-art activism. Also another award, the Catalyst Award, is to be presented to a woman visual arts professional under the age of 40 who is making a significant impact with an exemplary project, artwork or artistic collaboration.

The event is caterered by Back to Earth, which uses only fresh local organic ingredients. They choose only foods that are cultivated safely, justly and sustainably. When registering online, participants may choose vegan, vegetarian, or a (gluten-free) conventional meal.

Registration fee: $90 online in advance, $125 at the door (if available).
To register online go to http://elements.eventbrite.com/.

David Brower Center Contact Information: (510) 486-0286, 2150 Allston Way, Berkeley, CA 94704
Somarts Contact Information: (415) 863-1414, 934 Brannan Street, San Francisco, CA 94103-4906

About the conference organizers:
The Elements Eco-Conference and Eco-Art show are organized by the California chapters of WCA. For more information visit http://www.sbawca.org/blue_planet/conference.html

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