Our in-school EcoArts program resulted in a classroom-tested curriculum ready to support other teachers and schools worldwide.
On the way is a Creative Regeneration class curriculum based on Paul Hawken's Regeneration and Drawdown. Subscribe for updates on future offerings as we expand!
Thanks to the Del Sur Foundation and Willow Grove Foundation, EcoArts served multiple elementary schools from 2019-2022 in the Poway Unified School District —that's over 2,000 young eco artists! Administrators Raychel Long (Parachute Arts) and Ashley Mazanec integrated the science of ecology with artistic media to produce a rich one-of-a-kind STEAM curriculum, deepening students’ imagination for a healthy, vibrant world. Our unique program featured art history, wildlife recordings, diverse media, and museum specimens, enhancing both environmental literacy and artistic expression. Students learned art and ecology vocabulary, exercised creative thinking, participated in the wider cultural dialogue surrounding environmental topics, and helped to imagine a world where human activities were in healthy balance with natural systems. We are excited to continue developing exploratory, solution-oriented programming for students and schools. Our program is committed to sourcing class materials responsibly with upcycled and earth-friendly items.
The Let's Talk About The Weather podcast is your personal guide to the eco arts renaissance. In discussing connections between humans and their environment through the eyes of artists, we reveal fresh perspectives on ecology and how to revive and to thrive on our favorite planet. You can subscribe to this podcast on Apple Podcast (iTunes), Spotify, Google Play Music, and anywhere you catch your podcasts.
The event series named after Ashley Mazanec's 2016 album Let's Talk About the Weather showcased a fusion of scientific, professional, and artistic flair. Meant to entertain and stimulate conversation on environmental topics, the free series engaged hundreds of San Diegans on topics such as bee population health, international water resources, and indigenous peoples and challenges surrounding the Standing Rock Dakota Access Pipeline. A special thank you to Tommy E. Short Foundation and T Gallery’s generosity for making this series possible.