EcoKids

FEATURING

Cool Coventry Club; Environmental Children’s Organization (ECO); Forest Project; Help Light NJ; Kids Face; Kids Saving the Rainforest; Kids vs. Global Warming; Plant for the Planet; Project Sprout; Pump ‘Em Up; Sahabat Alam; Tree Musketeers

ECOKIDS, a project of SEA (Social Environmental Aesthetics), was an exhibition that showcased the work of outstanding youth activists who were working to raise awareness and solve environmental issues. ECOKIDS demonstrated that youth movements were leading the call for positive action on environmental challenges.

From student-run organic farms to climate change awareness campaigns, the youth organizations featured in ECOKIDS were based in New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Tennessee, California, Florida, Massachusetts, Costa Rica, Germany, Canada and Indonesia. Through the exhibition, workshops and partnerships with school groups and teaching artists, Exit Art provided a public platform for the presentation of youth environmental organizations, projects, and initiatives. Founded by youth activists from elementary to high school age, these “eco-kids” demonstrated that children had the ability to solve environmental issues in the present, and not simply the future.

Workshops, events and tours were hosted by The Canary Project, Wave Hill, and Solar 1.

PUBLIC EVENTS FOR KIDS


GREEN PATRIOT POSTERS: Citizen Youth Design Camp NYC
Saturdays, October 2 and 9 / 2-5pm

Organized by The Canary Project in collaboration Tara DePorte
Age: High School
FREE

GREEN PATRIOT POSTERS: Citizen Youth Design Camp NYC was connected to The Canary Project’s ongoing Green Patriot Posters concept – a campaign centered on posters that encourage citizens to take part in building a sustainable economy. In this camp, youth participants learned about cities and sustainability from guest speakers; learned how to design and create posters; and designed a campaign to get their posters and message out into the world. The posters produced by youth participants were then included in the exhibition ECOKIDS. For more information on this program, please contact Assistant Curator Lauren Rosati at lauren@exitart.org.

The Canary Project (Ed Morris and Susannah Sayler) commissioned posters from design leaders as part of Green Patriot Posters, and developed an on-line community for sharing and voting on original designs. The project was being featured in the Cooper Hewitt National Design Triennial Why Design Now?, and was published in a book by Metropolis/DAP in Fall 2010.

Tara DePorte is an artist, former Program Director at the Lower East Side Ecology Center and the Executive Director and Founder of the Human Impacts Institute.

Sustainable Design Workshop
Thursday, September 30, 4pm

Organized by Solar 1
Age: 7 and up, *Parents must be present
FREE

The Sustainable Design class will familiarize students with concepts related to architecture, community planning, and product design. Students will explore the environmental consequences and benefits of design on all scales and how it affects the environment and our health. Using recycled materials, each student will design and construct a small, sustainable building. At the end of the workshop, the students will draw a map of the city and choose a place to “build.”

ECOKIDS exhibition and programs organized by Lauren Rosati, Assistant Curator.