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Alex Russ

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9781501705823

Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: January 2018

DOI: 10.7591/cornell/9781501705823.001.0001

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Environmental Arts

Environmental Arts

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Urban Environmental Education Review

Hilary Inwood

Joe E. Heimlich

Kumara S. Ward

Jennifer D. Adams

, Alex Russ, Marianne E. Krasny
Cornell University Press

This chapter examines the ways that the arts are transforming environmental education in urban centers and helping bring about cultural shifts toward sustainability. Around the world, cities are using the arts to enhance urban aesthetic experiences and foster innovative environmental activism. Manifesting as flash mobs, immersive street theater, bike parades, pop-up installations, zero-carbon concerts, and participatory storytelling, artists are harnessing their creativity and ingenuity to draw attention to and propose solutions for the environmental challenges faced by cities in the twenty-first century. Also known as creative or artistic activism, environmental arts are becoming part of the curriculum in schools, universities, colleges, museums, and community centers, and they are being integrated into the fabric of the city in unexpected spaces such as parks, city streets, alleyways, and rooftops. This chapter cites examples showing how visual arts, music, dance, drama, and other art forms help to bring about positive environmental change.

Keywords:   environmental education, urban centers, sustainability, cities, environmental activism, environmental arts, visual arts, music, dance, drama

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