U.S. Forest Service, NOAA, Eco-Artist Wyland Launch Nationwide Mural Painting Campaign for Climate Change Awareness; Program Seeks to Return Art to Schools, With Emphasis On Science and Conservation
National Get Outdoors Day, 11 AM, Thursday, June 11, 2009
Event occurs rain or shine
USDA's new "People's Garden" at the National Mall
Jefferson Drive and 12th St SW
FOCUS (Forests, Ocean, Climate -- and Us), a nationwide campaign in partnership with the U.S. Forest Service, NOAA, the National Aquarium, and the Wyland Foundation uses art and science to teach young people about our forests and ocean -- and how these two irreplaceable resources hold the future of our supplies of freshwater, climate and global environmental health.
More than 200 students from Washington, D.C. schools will paint a series of 120-square foot murals (9 AM to 4 PM) with Wyland exploring watersheds from the forests to the sea and issues of climate change.
Tom Vilsack, Secretary, Department of Agriculture, Abigail Kimbell, Chief, U.S. Forest Service Mary Glackin, Deputy Undersecretary for Oceans and Atmosphere, NOAA, Wyland, world-renowned environmental artist and muralist.
The FOCUS program marks the first-ever outreach partnership between the USFS, NOAA, and Wyland. The campaign will engage students across the United States about the role of our forests and ocean in regulating climate through art and science activities, online programs, student documentary films, and traveling exhibitions to fundamentally change the way communities see, understand, and care for our environment. The Wyland Foundation, a 501c3 non-profit organization, is known for its innovative grassroots arts-based environmental outreach campaigns and monumental marine life murals in 15 countries.