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Re: A&E.A Response to "Community Ecological Issues"

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Gina C Tafoya (gct)
Sat, 3 Oct 1998 15:13:35 -0700 (MST)

How can we involve kids in the art of their community that has a tie to
the environment?
Water conservation is a critical issue in the Sonoran desert.
Recently there was an article in Tucson's (Arizona) local paper about
cisterns used to capture rain water. This sparked a string of ideas for me
and for the sake of brevity, I'll just list a couple.
1)Design a garden using an irrigation system that uses rain water.
This can be integrated into a unit on sustainable agriculture.
2)Design a mural or individual tiles to go around the cistern that
will be on campus for school use.

How has your community addressed ecological issues, traditionally and in
recent times?
I come from Eugene, Oregon where clear cut logging has created a
number of problems for the environment. Notably, the reduction of salmon
which directly affects the fishing industry and destruction of the
ecosystem in the forests. The latter is typified by the huge uproar over
the spotted owl which is on the endangered species list and lives only in
old growth forest(maybe). There have been huge nonviolent protests
over continued clear cutting and over time some old growth forest has been
been saved. Here in Tucson there is a similar uproar has been going on
over land development for a new school and the pygmy owl. This is much
smaller scale and most folks were fairly mature during the controversy.
I suppose this is because the stakes seemed smaller somehow. Loggers felt
that their jobs were on the line due to an owl and in this case the school
site could simply be relocated.

How do artists and educators understand contemporary ecological art?
Frankly I don't know. I have not examined the issue from an
intellectual point of view. I would appreciate references and info on this
issue. Thank-you.
Gina Tafoya