During the month of July 2020, the NAGB welcomed 142 children, ages 5-17 years, to our FREE Virtual Summer Programme, “Planet eARTh”. Live virtual art lessons with experienced art educators were hosted on the museum’s Youtube channel, allowing participants to ask and receive answers in real time. Art lessons were customised for beginner, intermediate and advanced learners, with each group having designated “tune in” times to access their lessons. Participants were invited to share their creations, which are showcased in the virtual exhibition and slideshow below.
Planet eARTh highlights the intersectionality of art and sustainability sciences. The study of sustainability is the examination and connection of multiple disciplines to solve intricate social, environmental and economic issues. It functions with three principles: Environment, Economy and Equity. “Planet eARTh” will focus on Environment and Equity and will examine issues closely related to daily concerns in our current social, political and cultural context.
The camp aims to help students begin to take a critical look at our relationship to the natural environment. It also looks at Equity, the social justice pillar, which provides tools to balance the needs of the individual with those of the group present and future. All things depend on its environment for survival, from the air we breathe to the resources we extract. We hope to inspire in children a sense of environmental appreciation and stewardship while critically examining the effect of activities on people – mentally and physically– over time.
A special thank you to the Central Bank of The Bahamas, whose support allowed the NAGB to distribute 50 art supply packages to summer programme participants.