FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 8, 2007
Students For Sustainability to Hold Campus GreenArt Fest
College of the Canyons students looking to express their feelings about the environment, while artistically celebrating a commitment to environmental sustainability are invited to participate in the campus' first Students For Sustainability GreenArt Fest.
Featuring displayed samples of student art, photography, an open microphone to share student music and poetry, a drum circle and an assortment of international organic foods and desserts, the Students for Sustainability (SFS) GreenArt Fest will take place from 11 am to 2 pm Tuesday November 13 in the college's Valencia campus Honor Grove.
Students For Sustainability (SFS) is a new campus organization comprised of students dedicated to leading an environmentally responsible lifestyle while promoting sustainable practices and environmental education both on campus and in the community.
As the group's introductory campus event, a goal of the GreenArt Fest is to reach out to students who may share some of the same environmental beliefs and concerns.
"We want to reach as many people as possible that might be interested in the promotion of sustainability, and the arts present a perfect opportunity for people to express what they're thinking and the goals they'd like to work towards," said COC student and SFS vice president Georgia Broughton about the main idea behind the event. "Compared to written word, the arts can be very immediate and palpable, and sometimes an even more articulate way for people to communicate what they're feeling. The arts provide so many different ways to find a mode of personal expression or communication."
Though not directly affiliated with the college's Sustainable Development Committee (SDC) - which primarily consists of COC faculty and staff- SFS members often work in conjunction with the SDC to achieve common environmental goals.
"Right now, Students For Sustainability is mostly campus based but we'd like to eventually encompass the larger community through the promotion of sustainability and more ecological education so that people begin to understand the environmental impacts of their behavior," said COC student and SFS secretary Maribel Diaz.
COC students interested in having their art displayed or presented at the GreenArt Fest are strongly encouraged to contact event organizers prior to the date of the event and provide a title and brief description of their work. On the day of the event, student artists are asked to bring their work to the Honor Grove between 10:30 am and 1 pm.
Submitted pieces may come in the form of any artistic medium, but should focus on themes of environmental protection, sustainability or ecological awareness and not be obscene in nature.
"I would encourage anyone who might be interested to stop by and join us for a while because there will truly be something for everyone," Broughton said. "We're hoping as many people as possible will find a way to express themselves and that just as many people will find a way to connect to these issues and have it become meaningful to them."
For more information about the COC Students For Sustainability GreenArt Fest or to submit a piece of art please contact either Georgia Broughton or Maribel Diaz at COC.SFS@gmail.com.