Sustainability Council Awards Arts Grants

Sunday, May 10, 2015

Five Sustainability in the Arts grants for $500 each were presented last week at the Sustainability Council's annual celebration at Appalachian State University.

The purpose of the grants is to raise awareness of sustainability through art at Appalachian and throughout the Boone community. This is the fifth year the grants have been awarded. Projects were judged on the following criteria: reach, interdependence, sustainability of tools, aesthetic impact, and ability of project to create human or financial capital so the work is self-sustaining.

This year's winners were Lee Ball, lecturer, Department of Technology and Environmental Design; Rich Campbell, associate director for outdoor programs at Appalachian, Department of Sustainable Development; Cara Hagan, assistant professor, Department of Theater and Dance; Melia Kizer, assistant professor, Human Development and Psychological Counseling; Joshua White and Maggie Flanigan, professor and graduate student, respectively, in the art department.

Ball's project, entitled "Shallow Seas Ore Ancient Mountains," proposes a series of sculptures to highlight the disadvantages of the Portland Cement industry, which has a large ecological footprint and accounts for approximately five percent of global CO2. Ball's sculpture will use locally sourced stone and recycled steel as an alternative. "Students, staff and faculty will have the opportunity to create, collaborate, conserve and clown around as they work together to produce these pieces of art, " Ball wrote.

Campbell's award will be used to create banners to hang in downtown Boone to celebrate the Banff Film Festival Shown in Boone annually as well as the photography competition that accompanies it. In his proposal, Campbell wrote he wanted to celebrate the Banff festival because the festival "highlights mountain culture, adventure and mountain environments. This festival and the photography competition have truly been unique events for our community and continue to inspire through immense beauty and environmental awareness."

Hagan plans to bring a symposium for creative social stewards to Appalachian next year. The symposium will be a two-day event featuring guestspeakers, workshops and panels aimed at illuminating the ways creativity can be used to foster community and social sustainability.

Kizer's "Shapers" is an acronym for her creative arts approach to sustain health alumni through professional development, entrepreneurship, relationship and supervision.

Flanigan and White plan to produce a photographic and journalistic essay of the New River. Their goal, as outlined in their proposal, is to "provide a portrait of the New River that will benefit conservation efforts, show the beauty of the natural landscape and tell the stories of the people who call the banks of the New River home."

The annual competition is open to students, faculty, staff and administration and welcomes any media. Applicants outside the visual and performing arts disciplines are encouraged to apply.

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