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With a dedication to a sustainable future and a strong belief in the transformative power of arts, EcoArts is an environmental initiative where art is a catalyst for ecological change. In order to do so, we proudly provide gallery spaces at the Health, Nursing and Environmental Studies Building, York University, where creativity and sustainable visions intersect. Our galleries welcome all artists, especially those from the university community, who are passionate about creating positive change. Here, we vision galleries beyond merely showcasing, but also a platform of knowledge and vision sharing as well as collaboration. We offer workshops, talks, and events that encourage meaningful interactions, fostering a deeper understanding of the intricate relationship between art and the environment. 

Join us at EcoArts as we embark on a collective journey to inspire, challenge, and reimagine our connection to the natural world.

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Call for Applications: ENVS 6349 - Art in a Crisis Climate

In the unfolding global ecological crisis, what is the work of art and artists? In this three-week course, we will both consider and create responses to this question through examination of visual artistic and curatorial practices, and key arguments advanced by critical scholars in the field.

We will look at the arguments about the unique role of art and artists in the context of ecological disaster; as Nurmis argues, journalists can inform the public of the current state of
the scientific knowledge… activists, religious leaders, and others can exert pressure on politicians or encourage citizens to implement more sustainable behavior,” she points out, but art “can ‘educate the senses’ themselves, providing a space for imagining what can be done and what the future will bring” (2016).

Read the full course description here.

Interested? Fill out the application form and submitted to by March 1, 2024.

Image: "Fracture" by MES graduate amber williams-king, created in the 2018-19 class

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Eco Arts and Media Festival

First launched in 1994, the Eco-Arts and Media Festival is an annual week-long series of events in acknowledging, sharing and appreciating environmental and social justice perspectives.  

Check out below to learn about our festivals in the past few years.