Creative Engagement

Endangered Species Coalition collaborates with Creatives of all kinds: visual artists, musicians, writers, animators and others, to produce new, innovative projects reimagining human and more-than-human relationships. We support the work of creatives by collaborating to tell stories about wildlife plants, and wild places.  We ground these projects in conservation science and leverage the power of the arts to inspire action supporting biodiversity protections and species recovery. We work with diverse communities to envision and create new, positive narratives for wildlife —  and for people.

Creative practices, including visual art, music, performance and other expressions shape and are shaped by culture -the arts are at the very core of what it means to be human. Recognizing artists as deeply invested practitioners shaping culture, the Endangered Species Coalition develops creative outreach projects expressing  wildlife and plant conservation. ESC works with artists across media to invite participation in our efforts to support imperiled species. 


Creative Engagement Projects

Current Opportunities

 

Endangered Species Coalition and Animated Ecologies have launched Wolf Tales: an innovative, educational animation project — a project that you are invited to join. Wolf Tales is a series of workshops and creative opportunities, connecting visual art and ecological conservation through the medium of animation. 

We’re offering workshops featuring professional animators and hosting an open Call to Artists. You are invited to learn more about wolf reintroduction, gain animation skills, and create your own animation project on Wolf Tales wolf reintroduction themes. To register for our upcoming May 25th workshop, or to learn more about the Call to Artists, follow the registration links below.

Past Projects


Daughters of the Sun

Monarch butterflies are an iconic North American species; yet in the past forty years the Western population has experienced a dramatic 99% decline. In 2020, the overwintering count of monarch butterflies in California hit an all time low of just 1, 914 individual butterflies. 

Responding to the critical status of monarchs, Endangered Species Coalition created Daughters of the Sun: a bilingual English-Spanish origami project, animation, and gallery exhibition in Colorado. More than 3,000 paper origami monarchs  with handwritten messages folded inside were contributed by individuals. The paper monarchs communicate our shared connection with the monarch, while calling for habitat restoration and protection, pesticide use reduction, and other conservation measures.

Daughters of the Sun featured an installation of the completed origami butterflies by artist Cal Duran, and an original animation short by Samantha Inman with audio of monarch butterfly wings recorded in the field by UK sound artist Rob Mackay.


Orca Memorial

Following the tragic, globally recognized 17 day ‘Tour of Grief’ by orca mother Tahlequah (J35) following the death of her baby calf, and the subsequent death of orca Scarlet (J50), Endangered Species Coalition organized a memorial for the orca in Pioneer Square, Seattle, followed by a procession to Washington state Senators’ offices. There, the community called for removal of the Snake River dams and other measures to recover imperiled southern resident orca. The orca memorial was led by moving presentations from Pacific Northwest Tribal Members, and featured musical and visual performances.

 

 

Orca Memorial Poster by Sara Everett
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