Dear Fellow Artists and Conservationists,
A unique time like the one we are all living through now merits both reflection and envisioning what MORE we can do together.
It is difficult to adapt to what is an evolving and unprecedented situation in the world today. The uncertainty facing us all is unsettling but the world slowing down has also had a positive impact already. Skies over large cities are clearing as are usually overburdened waterways such as the canals of Venice, where fish can now be seen swimming. We’ve already proven that the world can stand as a whole to confront a common threat. For many, this is a time to re-evaluate what is most important such as more time with family, more time with nature in our own backyard, and more time in the studio.
As conservation artists, this is our time!
We are already wired for long contemplative stretches, away from crowds. Much of the world’s population must now learn to live and work at home or in isolation. For most of us this is old-hat. AFC members are uniquely positioned to make an enormous difference at this juncture. Society needs hope and reminders of the beauty of nature more than ever. This is a remarkable opportunity for AFC and each of us to take an increased role to help wildlife and wild places. Many conservation non-profits will also need our help to survive the pandemic and its economic fallout, and one way or another critical conservation work must continue.
Our Next Big Project
We’ve seen what we can achieve with our first collaborative project – the Silent Skies Mural. When it premiered 18 months ago at the world’s most important event for bird studies, the unveiling brought many to tears. In the months ahead, how we can focus our collective energies towards our NEXT BIG PROJECT? 170 members participated in the Silent Skies Mural. I would love to see everyone take part in the next! We're looking for your ideas for a possible next big project.
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