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Viva La Creatividad! | Nov 3-8, 2014

The one week exhibit Viva La Creatividad celebrates and showcases the strong heritage of art for social change within York University’s Faculty of Environmental Studies, the 10th anniversary of the Community Arts Practice (CAP) Program, the 20th anniversary of the Eco Art and Media Festival, and the retirement of their founder, artist and activist professor Deborah Barndt.

Alongside Barndt’s photo exhibit, From Start to Fire: A Community Arts Retrospective, there will be numerous exhibits by notable FES and Community Arts Programme graduates from the past 20 years, including Genevieve Robertson, Sabrina Malach, Elaine Teguibon and Julia Winckler. This exhibit showcases the diversity of community activism through art and is an excellent demonstration of creativity and passion.

While celebrating the past is important, looking to the future is critical. Many of the art pieces on display are included in an online silent auction with other items such as music, food and weekend getaways at lakeside cottages. All proceeds from the silent auction will contribute to the Deborah Barndt Environmental and Community Arts Innovation Endowment that supports the arts at York University’s Faculty of Environmental Studies.

The Arts in FES has had a long-lasting presence in global artwork for social change and for the environment. It needs nurturing and support to continue its long life so that for years to come future creative students have a community to call home. Viva La Creatividad!

You can view and bid on auction items here

Celebrate the opening reception with an evening of community art, food and performance on Nov 2nd. More details here.