Leveraging environmental arts for education and sustainable futures

Hilary Inwood, Joe E. Heimlich, Kumara Ward, Jennifer Dawn Adams

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Cities around the world are using the arts to enhance urban aesthetic experiences and motivate innovative environmental activism. Manifesting as flash mobs, immersive street theatre, bike parades, pop-up installations, zero-carbon concerts, and participatory storytelling, artists are using their creativity and ingenuity to draw attention to and propose solutions for the environmental challenges of the 21st century city.

Environmental arts catalyze environmental learning and action in cities worldwide. Often referred to as creative or artistic activism, environmental arts are becoming part of the curriculum in schools, universities, colleges, museums, and community centers, and are being woven into the fabric of the city in unexpected spaces like parks, city streets, alleyways, and rooftops. This chapter provides an overview of some of the ways that the arts—visual arts, drama, dance and music—are transforming environmental education in urban centers, and helping bring about cultural shifts towards sustainability.
Original languageEnglish
TypeOnline Essay
Media of outputOnline Magazine
PublisherThe Nature of Cities
Number of pages7
Place of PublicationNew York
Publication statusPublished - 16 Jun 2016


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