Ecological Art or EcoArt is a type of Environmental Art that developed from the Land Art of the 1960's. It's the collaboration of art, science and community engagement for the restoration of ecosystems. EcoArtists create works and facilitate projects that protect native wildlife habitat, clean up toxic pollution, harness sustainable energy and provide educational, cultural and ecotourism opportunities.
Cutting Edge Art – Interdisciplinary, process-based, multimedia performance and installations (gallery and site-specific) that enchant, communicate and initiate interactive responses.
Innovating Science, Engineering and Economics – Creativity and emotional intelligence balance and enlighten human progress towards an abundant and sustainable future.
On the Front Lines of Social and Environmental Justice – Inspiring local, national and global activism for positive changes in unethical or broken systems, processes and production.
Practical Applications – Public Art, Cultural Enrichment, Experiential Learning, Environmental Stewardship, Community Service, Urban Planning, Landscape Design/Architecture, Product Design, Agriculture/Food Production, Renewable Energy, Sustainability, Holistic Health, Waste Management and Humanitarianism.
EcoArt Treasure Coast Apprenticeship – 2008, Stuart, FL – South Florida EcoArt and Martin County Arts Council collaboration spearheaded by Art Historian and Activist, Dr. Mary Jo Aagerstoun and mentored by pioneering Ecological artists, Betsy Damon and Lynne Hull. The apprenticeship culminated in a public exhibition and the creation of several site specific works addressing waste management, water quality issues, habitat restoration and community gardening.
Aerial Architecture – 2010, Palm City, Florida – Collaboration with Audubon Society ornithologists on experimental nesting boxes for song birds, waterfowl and owls. Community workshops held on the 3 acre restoration site in Palm City, Possum Long Audubon Martin County headquarters and Bridges Montessori in Stuart, FL. Project featured in 2010 “Living on the Edge” EcoArt Treasure Coast Apprenticeship exhibition at the Martin County Arts Council and later at the Florida Oceanographic Society’s Coastal Center.
Welcome Home Wildlife – 2012, Belle Glade, Florida – Palm Beach County, Palm Beach State College, City of Belle Glade and Lake Okeechobee stakeholder sponsored summer program that engaged over 100 Glades community youth in ecosystem restoration through the creation of habitat sculpture, native plant installation and environmental stewardship demonstrations. The project site was featured in the master plan for the redevelopment of Torry Island as a wildlife sanctuary and hub for ecotourism.
East Stuart Outdoor Classroom – 2013, East Stuart, Florida – Women Supporting the Arts and Martin County Boys and Girls Club collaboration transformed an unsightly drainage ditch into thriving native habitat, exploration zone and workshop forum for community education. Habitat sculptures, living fence, natural seating and native plants installations work together to attract wildlife and filter storm water passing through the project site before entering the watershed.
Mangrove Park – 2014, Stuart, Florida – City of Stuart Storm Water Management and EcoArtist design collaboration on a 5 acre native habitat, public park and water bio-filtration system. The project site is still under construction and eventually will host habitat sculpture building workshops that provide continued community engagement and refuge for bees, bats, wading birds and otters.