The Green Quilt: An Example of Collective Eco-Action in Art Education


At the 1994 National Art Education Association (NAEA) Convention in Baltimore we initiated two eco-action presentations that resulted in the making and display of a Green Quilt (Blandy, Congdon, Hicks, Hoffman, & Krug, 1994a; Blandy, Congdon, Hicks, Hoffman &: Krug, 1994b). All of us have been coming to NAEA conventions for a number of years. Every year we have heard discussions on the gap between theory and practice. Discussed also has been the importance and need for activism within the NAEA. As a result of listening to these discussions, the five of us met at the 1993 convention to plan a session for 1994 that would be collaborative, active, political, and ecologically oriented. All of us have an ongoing research interest in eco-active art education. Consequently, we planned a session that would challenge conventional presentation formats by encouraging ongoing political activity. Consideration of the location of the convention, local activism, and the experiences of participants were deemed important aspects of political activity. Linking the NAEA membership with the Green Quilt Project” was the result of our planning

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