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Announcing a 2021 Online Festival Environmental Theme...Our Planet, Our Future

April 21, 2021

As we prepare for the 2021 Online Pelham Art Festival, we are pleased to let you know that the environmental theme…Our Planet, Our Future, chosen originally for the 2020 festival, will be carried over to this year’s event.

This theme addresses what scientists and many others agree are the most important issues of our time…climate change and the degradation of our planet.

In 2015, one of Britain’s newspapers, The Guardian, carried an article titled ‘Why Climate Change Needs the Arts’, in which economist and climate change activist Andrew Simms wrote…

Whether to engage in debate or change opinion and behaviour, arts can play a key role in the cultural awakening of the masses to the perils of climate change.

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2015/jun/03/why-climate-action-needs-the-arts

Members of the Pelham Art Festival Committee agree with Mr. Simms regarding the power and potential role of the arts as an influencer around these critical issues. So as a first and important step of the Festival’s Our Planet, Our Future theme initiatives, we invite you to look for a specially created work of art for the 2021 Pelham Art Festival. We hope to add other green initiatives to the 2021 Festival throughout the planning process. Stay tuned.

Artists join in our theme activity by creating a painting in a favourite medium, a sculpture, your glass, ceramic or wood creation, a fine art photograph, a piece of jewellery, or wearable art that is inspired by artistic passion to protect our beautiful planet. 

From all the artwork submitted for the Our Planet, Our Future theme, a curator will select a number of works for their creativity, originality and on-theme message to be featured on a separate gallery page for viewers to visit and make purchases. One work from this gallery will be selected by the curator for a Best- in-Theme award.

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