The AFC annual exhibit is the world’s top conservation-themed art experience, featuring all original artwork by members of Artists for Conservation. The exhibit is a vehicle for engaging environmental education programs. To inquire about hosting the AFC tour, please email us: festivalinfo(@) artistsforconservation.org
The Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum is a combination of zoological park, botanical garden, nature education center, and conservation organization. True to its mission statement, the Museum seeks “…to inspire people to live in harmony with the natural world by fostering love, appreciation, and understanding of the Sonoran Desert.” To fulfill its mission the Museum displays living animals and plants in naturalistic habitat exhibits and stresses a strong interpretive and conservation focus on ecological processes.
The Museum is unusual in that it seeks to interpret in depth a limited ecosystem, the Sonoran Desert, located in Arizona, the northern Mexican State of Sonora, and Mexico’s Baja California Peninsula. When applicable it interprets relationships with the desert’s adjacent biomes, including nearby or enclosed mountain ranges, grasslands, the Gulf of California and its islands, and at its southern borders, thornscrub and tropical deciduous forests. The Desert Museum is regularly listed as one of the top ten zoological parks in the world because of its unique approach to interpreting the complete natural history of a single region. The Museum undertakes a wide and varied program to support its objectives of interpretation, education, research, and conservation.
The Art Institute began a series of art classes to expand students’ understanding and appreciation of dessert ecology and conservation. As the artistic voice of the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum, the Art Institute coordinates art classes, maintains the art collection and manages the many art exhibits that come to the museum. It is internationally recognized for offering a certificate program in nature illustration focused on the Sonoran Desert region. The mission of the Art Institute is conservation through art education which expresses the belief that students at the Art Institute develop a greater appreciation of the desert as a direct result of the time and effort they have taken to learn to draw its many aspects. Conservation begins with appreciation and understanding. The ties of observation and knowledge bind artists to conservation efforts. As John Muir said, “When you tug on a single thing in nature, you find it attached to the rest of the world.”
Join master AFC artists and educators at the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum for a series. Find out more by visiting the Dessert Museum Arts Program schedule online. https://www.desertmuseum.org/arts/
Our 2016 Art Exhibit is currently touring to Lanwan Art Museum in Lanwan Eco Art Park, Qingdao City, China., from August 4 - September 30, 2017.
Lanwan Eco Art Park - a 50-acre ecological park, monumental sculpture garden, art village and public gallery, located in one of China's most beautiful and important coastal cities - Qingdao City. With a population of over 9 million, Qingdao (also spelled Tsingtao) is a major seaport and industrial center located between Beijing (to the North) and Shanghai (to the South) and connected to the world's longest sea bridge. The sailing events of 29th Olympic Games and 13th Paralympics Games were held in Qingdao in 2008. Qingdao has been repeatedly named China's most livable city. Details here
AFC Festival 2018
@ Vancouver Convention Centre
Partnership with IOC2018 (International Ornithological Congress)
22 August - 25, 2018
Vancouver, BC, Canada
AFC Festival 2017
@ VanDusen Botanical Garden 9 Nov - 13 Nov, 2017 Vancouver, BC, Canada
AFC Touring Exhibit @ Lanwan Art Museum in Lanwan Eco Art Park 4 Aug - 30 Sept, 2017 Qingdao City, China
Artists for Conservation is a Canada-based international non-profit, with a mission is to support wildlife and habitat conservation and environmental education through art that celebrates nature.
Through international art exhibits, collaborative art-science expeditions, festivals, awards and online initiatives, AFC informs and inspires the public to conserve our natural heritage. Among its membership, AFC serves to foster artistic excellence and empower passionate artists as effective ambassadors for the environment.