Let’s Get Creative: Art for a Healthy Planet

Orca. (Orca Think: Bk. 14). May 2024. 96p. Tr $26.95. ISBN 9781459832145.
Gr 4-6–Art and architecture, environment, science, and activism are brought together in a heavily illustrated and clearly presented call for creativity. The opening chapter introduces arts and crafts as pathways for change. Art is present everywhere and in all aspects of daily life; it can create a healthier planet when sustainable materials, no plastics, and less harmful paints are used. A circular economy in which found or recycled materials are used in artistic ventures not only reduces costs but aids the environment. Examples of art projects that have helped the environment directly (e.g., decorated windows preventing bird collisions, rooftop gardens that insulate and collect water) and the people responsible for them are briefly presented. Photographs and boldly lined illustrations are used throughout. “Artivism” and “craftivism” can be ways to use art and crafts to spread awareness and encourage others to recognize important topics, as well as to combat eco-anxiety. The book concludes with a glossary of terms used and additional resources. While heavily Canadian, examples from the United States and other countries are included, as are several Indigenous artists.
VERDICT A useful though not essential addition for discussions of the intersection of art, science, and everyday activities.

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