Culture and Creative Arts
Society is increasingly becoming aware of the pivotal role arts and culture play in raising environmental awareness and catalyzing a public response to the threat of climate change. Faculty in folklore, photography, music, visual arts, theater, dance, creative writing, and poetry, as well as in social sciences, architecture, and ethno-botany share an interest in integrating science into their creative works. Likewise, faculty members in the sciences seek innovative ways to envision and communicate their research activities and findings. Insights and technologies from UA science and engineering are contributing to the artistic endeavors of UA artists and social scientists, while perspectives and techniques familiar to the arts and humanities help scientists conceptualize and communicate their knowledge more creatively. Working together across these very different disciplines, UA faculty are finding new ways, through sound, images, and stories, to articulate the richness and diversity of relationships between people and their environment. Every academic year, UA departments, schools and colleges host speakers, workshops, and exhibits that remind us of the power of art and culture to move us toward a more sustainable future.
Society is increasingly becoming aware of the pivotal role culture and the arts play in raising awareness about climate change adaptation and catalyzing a public response to environmental insecurities. University of Arizona faculty work together across many different disciplines to find new ways to articulate the richness and diversity of relationships between people and their environment through sound, images, and stories. Outreach at UA focuses on hosting speakers, workshops, and exhibits that remind us of the power of art and culture to lead us toward a more sustainable future. UA visual artists are working with communities in Mexico to foster international dialogue about the important links between community history, natural resources, and environmental adaptation. Other performance-based programs are promoting awareness through the use of solar energy to power their performances and are supporting works created through student research on current movements toward sustainability and green energy.