Humans, Nature, and Birds           

Checklist for Artists, Image Seekers, etc.


Checklist: (page 3)

  Professional meetings. Annual meetings of nature-related organizations can sponsor exhibits and provide a Web presence.

Other public and private venues. These include, for example, nature centers, offices, lobbies, and corporate-sponsored displays in public buildings. Here, too, if the venues have related Web pages, provide printable captions and link related exhibits.

Bare Walls Converted into Exhibit Spaces:

Anticipate initial resistance to the proposed conversion of well-positioned bare walls, but wall owners, particularly those concerned about nature and conservation, predisposed to support the arts, and interested in promoting alternative teaching methods, may warm to the idea.

When exhibiting, allow time to navigate permission processes; address security and image conservation issues (including the question of liability and the potential for damage from sunlight); prepare captions, brochures, and publicity; contact potential donors or patrons; and prepare a related online presentation that includes a printable caption.

Create or strengthen links among artists, patrons, and those managing the public spaces--get names and make introductions.

© 2008 Darryl Wheye and Donald Kennedy

When facing resistance, begin with a suboptimal, installation wait for positive responses to filter back, and reapproach the wall owner.

Internet Venues:

The link “More About Science Art" includes " Finding Science Art Online”, which offers suggestions and relevant links, as well as information on the Open Directory, where Web sites are categorized by subject and brief descriptions are provided. See also Labeling Science Art on page 1 of the Checklist.

Using Science Art in Teaching about Environmental Issues:

Draw attention to environmental issues by increasing artist access to jeopardized habitats and resident species. Establish art competitions and exhibits featuring jeopardized or restored habitats and resident species. Encourage collaboration between authors and artists to introduce the public, especially children, to elements of the local natural environment. Sponsor an online registry of artists specializing in nature images for children to help authors of children’s’ books and Web sites find artists to produce needed images (see Finding Artists Who Produce Science Art, below).

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