Students use art to fight for nature in their education
Kelowna École KLO Middle School students, in partnership with local artist Shimshon Obadia, a student in UBC’s Interdisciplinary Performance program, are trying to restore a wetland habitat on their school grounds.
Fascieux creek, which runs beside their school, has been covered over with concrete pads for many years, a legacy from earlier construction that saw urban waterways reconfigured.
Grade 8 students were challenged with raising $100,000 to get the creek restored to its natural state for use as an educational resource.
Five Grade 8 graduating classes later, students are just $15,000 from their goal. Their efforts are being showcased in an exhibit, Concrete in the Creek, at the Alternator Gallery for Contemporary Art starting Friday.
Opportunities for the public to show support include a reception and fundraiser events, all taking place at the Alternator Centre for Contemporary Art, 421 Cawston Ave., Kelowna.
Opening and Reception: 7 p.m., Friday, October 18
Fundraiser: 6 p.m., Friday, October 25
Open Forum Installation: October 7 to 18
Exhibition: October 18 to 25
This initiative is sponsored by the Eco-Art Incubator, UBC Centre for Culture and Technology, Theatre26, and the Alternator Centre for Contemporary Art.
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