Sunday, 12 February 2012

Environmental Art: An awareness tool for social change.

Man and his environment has for long been inter-dependent on each other, man has served as keeper of his environment, he has lived, built and explored his immediate environment directly or indirectly in the past ages, as he seeks to appreciate and sustain himself, achieve his needs as he live through each age and time, sometimes forgetting that man is a cosmografia del minor mondo (cosmography of the microcosm)…meaning, man is the balance of the earth and that whatever he do will affect the earth.

Environmental practices and activities is a huge concern in our today’s society and times of change in the life-support system of our planet. In need of  accommodating within most of our lifetime up to an estimated 9 billion fellow humans in the world and Nigeria totally a 160 million people sharing our environment, we need to ask ourselves what kind of environment , attitude and practices do we need to live peacefully and sustainable with one another.

This brings us to the question how we may want to revisit the way we live, exercise our respect for the environment and relate to nature, the seas, and to our global neighbors of all ages, beliefs, races and gender.

Quoting Dr. Cornelia Neuen, president of Mundus Maris; Art and Sustainability Initiative of which Nduwhite Ndubuisi Ahanonu is a founding member.

“In the sciences we have assessments of the state of our ecosystems, the climate change and the ocean which is extremely worrying. They also help to give us an idea on how we can live with all the knowledge in the public domain.

But clearly, in our ability to make our societies more equitable and able to cope through harnessing our collective intelligence and capacity to act does not only depend on scientific field only but on how we are able to address sustainability of reflecting, co-creating new insights about and practicing robust pedagogical concepts around the need to accompany young people into sustainable forms of living, meeting their global peers on our crowded planet and learning how to cooperate for a better future and environment.”

IICD in partnership with the Embassy of the United States of America in collaboration with Thought Pyramid Art Gallery will conduct a workshop for artists as a first step towards the lunch of the Clean 'N' Green Naija Project and Art Exhibition on the 19th of April in Abuja.

The theme of the workshop; Environmental Art, an awareness tool for social change, will be delivered by Ikenna Mark Chima.

Ikenna Chima Mark hails from Omagwa in Rivers State of Nigeria. He is an Electrical & Electronics Engineering graduate from the University of Maiduguri.

During and after his NYSC year, he taught high school students and worked with them as mentor in the Students for the Advancement of Global Entrepreneurship (SAGE) programme. In this role, he helped the students to embark on projects that cover; entrepreneurship, civic engagement, social responsibility amongst others.

He also worked briefly with Nduwhite Art Consults and served as a team member in Re-imagine Nigeria Project and a founding member of the International Institute for Creative Development.

A believer in hard work, he is a team player and a deep and analytical thinker.

He presently works with Energy Commission of Nigeria as a Scientific Officer.

Date: Thursday 16th February 2012.
Venue : Thought Pyramid Art Gallery Abuja.
Time: 11am prompt.

supported by: US Department of States, Thought Pyramid Art Gallery and De-Great Multi-Services Ltd.

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