The summer of positive resistance continues with small and meaningful acts. Last Sunday was the Art/Act: Youth-Environmental Postcard Workshop at the David Brower Center in Berkeley. The experience showcased how thoughtful appreciation can take the form of small and creative gestures. As a citizen partaking in humanity, advocacy is an internal part of my art practice.
The event allowed attendees to produce postcards with personalized messages thanking environmental activists/artists for their work. From Art/Act:” This workshop is inspired by Ai Wei Wei’s activity of writing to political prisoners in his 2014 exhibition at Alcatraz. With the help of the artists, attendees will design and write a postcard which will be bundled with the others and sent by the Brower Center to the recipients, as a thank you for their important work. Facilitated by Susan Wolf, and featuring local artists Jenny E. Balisle, Andras Ladai, and Paul Taylor.”
Participant postcards highlighted the themes of indigenous rights along with plastic, food, and water pollution. Tables were generously covered with art supplies and collage materials. As an art advisor, I answered questions, shared feedback, and encouraged exploration. The day reaffirmed how art can benefit the community locally and globally.
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At the workshop, there was a timely and corresponding exhibit titled ART/ACT: youth on display. Berkeley High School students magnificently investigated the relationship between art and the environment. The David Brower Center was filled with creativity and action. Our youth have much to say and do so brilliantly!
David Brower: “We don’t inherit the earth from our ancestors, we borrow it from our children.”