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The use of the arts to illustrate complicated issues related to the environment can inspire thousands of people to take action who would not otherwise.
Researchers have found that artist-created visualizations of complex scientific concepts not only help the general public better understand--the help the scientists themselves understand the meaning of the data and devise next steps.
The way complex concepts like climate change and sustainability of the environment are presented is crucial in convincing people of the urgency. Using the arts can drastically increase comprehension.
Kendler, J. and E. Corr (2016). "How Artists and Environmental Activists Both Do Better Together." Creativity Connects. Retrieved 4 May 2018 from https://www.arts.gov/partnerships/creativity-connects/report/how-artist….
Wilson, S. (2002). Information Arts: Intserctions of Art, Science, and Technology. MIT Press: 37.
Jacobsen, E. Comment on "The 60,000 Fallacy." Retrieved 4 May 2018 from https://policyviz.com/2015/09/17/the-60000-fallacy/.
EXAMPLES OF PRACTICE
This research paper and report on a 2010 summit convened by the Asia-Europe Foundation provides a variety of examples of current and future practice at the arts/environment/sustainability intersection.
ArtPlace was a creative placemaking hub that includes a variety of resources on key areas of focus.
The CA+E is an internationally recognized research center housed by the Nevada Museum of Art dedicated to supporting the practice, study, and awareness of creative interactions between people and their environments. It also hosts an annual Art + Environment conference.
The Arts & Social Impact Explorer was made possible thanks to the generous support of the Mellon Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts. Additional support provided by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation.