We are pleased to present Art/Act: Youth, the Brower Center’s annual exhibition showcasing work by Berkeley High School students that examines the intersection of environmentalism and art. The exhibition is curated by artist and BHS Arts Educator Kimberley D’Adamo Green and showcases students who are conducting in-depth interdisciplinary research on environmental themes. It also features work by students enrolled in two BHS digital photography courses taught by Gabriel Berent.
In the future, practices and decisions concerning the environment will be made by the youth of today. The chosen body of work for Art/Act: Youth gives insight into what young dynamic minds perceive about the current and future state of our planet. This exhibition underscores the Brower Center’s vision to nurture young environmental artists with the ultimate goal of empowering the next generation of change makers.
Of Art/Act: Youth, Laurie Rich, Executive Director of the David Brower Center, says: “The exhibition reminds me of a David Brower quote: ‘I’m always impressed with what young people can do before older people tell them it’s impossible.’ This is what our youth program endeavors to do: inspire and encourage young people to believe anything is possible. These teens have brilliant ideas and, by giving them the artistic space to convey them, we open up a wealth of potential that otherwise might have remained untapped.”
“This leads me to what I feel is the other huge benefit of our Art/Act: Youth program: hope. Hope not only for the artists, but for the entire community. There is something powerful about knowing that a young person is thinking deeply about important issues and conveying what they think through an artistic viewpoint. Every year, exhibition visitors are touched. This speaks to the Brower Center’s mission to be a home for the environmental movement. We want to inspire all people to believe that they can make a difference and affect change.”
Art/Act: Youth is made possible through the generosity of the Berkeley Civic Arts Program & Civic Arts Commission, Dharma Merchant Services, East Bay Municipal Utilities District, Puffin Foundation West, Ltd., and The Nancy P. and Richard K. Robbins Family Foundation.