Art is a powerful vehicle to drive change – offering different and accessible ways to reimagine a life-sustaining future for all. Art can also challenge the status quo and open up spaces for important conversations, like the need to protect intact old-growth forests. And making art can be a powerful antidote to the despair and grief we experience as a result of the climate crisis.
In this session, we’ll dive into how you can use art as a tool for change. This short talk will be followed by a printmaking lesson with artist Elisabeth Noble who will teach you how to create forest-inspired prints. The resulting prints will celebrate the web of life forests hold and can be sent to your local representatives along with a prompt to protect old-growth forests. Check out this guide for the art supplies you’ll need (you can either make the prints using a potato or block/lino print).
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Elisabeth Noble is Sierra Club BC’s Donor Engagement Manager. She holds a BFA from Concordia University where she learned the ropes of fundraising and sponsorship as the President of the Painting and Drawing Students Association. In Montreal, she was part of the Eco-Art Collective in Mile End, and served on the Board of Concordia University’s Alumni Association Fine Arts Chapter. Elisabeth moved to British Columbia in 2010 to be closer to her family. In addition to meeting donors from around the province, she can be found meditating at the Shambhala Meditation Centre, snapping photos of food (and nature) or making art.
kQwa’st’not~Charlene George is a band member of the tSouk nation, a cultural guide for Siera Club BC, active in her local cultural community and has recently completed her MA. As part of completing her master’s, Seeing Through Watcher’s Eyes was given ‘life.’
kQwa’st’not observes that change or transformation is not easy or comfortable for most. However, this work is imperative to our collective ability to survive and thrive. After all, we are all in one canoe and together we will journey well or capsize. She notes that NONU WEL,WEL TI,Á NE TȺ,EȻEȽ — our canoe is really tippy as we try to journey together, so we must strive to better balance our relationship with each other, Western and Indigenous knowledge systems, and ways of knowing. This is a process that can be difficult and requires hard work, an open mind, humility and willingness to change.
Flossie Baker is the Lead Organizer at Sierra Club BC. Her passion is supporting different communities to engage in building a new story about the future we face. With a background in journalism and communications, Flossie is interested in how the narratives we create shape our imagination for action. She trained as a community organizer under the Industrial Areas Foundation, the oldest community organizing network in North America, and brings stories and lessons in organizing from the UK, the San Fransisco Bay Area, Victoria and Vancouver. She now focuses on building relationships with unions and faith traditions. She is based in East Vancouver.