TreeLine was an interdisciplinary and interactive art, science and community program celebrating the 10th anniversary of the Caloundra Regional Gallery. The six month program delivered 45 events over 30 locations with schools, community groups, and professional artists across a range of media. Caloundra Regional Gallery (Director, John Waldron; TreeLine Project Manager, Kim Morland) received the Queensland State Gallery and Museum Achievement Award 2011. Image: Corrie Wright, Trees Breathe, TreeLine 2010.
Programs that aim to engage the community in environmental issues benefit from a multi-disciplinary approach. Shows, displays, hands on activities, music, ecology and art workshops that aim to educate, entertain and provoke thought across ages often attract the broadest audiences. Maroochy Arts and Ecology Centre ecoart holiday program, Sunshine Coast Council, QLD.
Instagram, Flickr and other social media sites have made collaborative community exhibits a cost effective engagement option. Children attending EcoArtBox workshops about sustainable eating can have their work uploaded immediately onto an Instagram gallery and then can take their artwork home. For information on sustainable living and upcoming events on the Sunshine Coast visit: http://www.livingsmartqld.com.au/
By providing environmental education resources such as interactive websites and apps, hands on and classroom based activities, and staff to assist with talks and restoration projects, schools and community groups can assist government departments and non-profit environmental groups to achieve their goals.
Planting days, events and celebrations provide opportunities for community members to learn, share, connect with others and influence their local environment. Publications on how to attract wildlife to your garden, where and how to plant native plants, and sustainable living support residents to take action at home.
School students presented environmental issues they were concerned about to their peers on the beach using sand sculpture, assemblage, working models of catchments under pressure, text and drawing. Kids Teaching Kids Conference. Sunshine Coast, QLD, Australia.